Four young women with ties to the Terre Haute area will compete next week for Miss Indiana and Miss Indiana’s Outstanding Teen titles.

On Sunday, 64 young women who are leaders in their communities throughout Indiana will gather in Zionsville to begin competition for nearly $60,000 in scholarships and the titles of Miss Indiana and Miss Indiana’s Outstanding Teen 2019. 

Miss Indiana candidates with Terre Haute connections are:

• Olivia Dillion, 19, of Terre Haute, is Miss Three Rivers Festival. A student at Indiana State University majoring in health sciences with a concentration in health administration, her talent is tap dance and her social impact initiative is “CASA: A powerful voice in a child’s life.”

• Emilee Hunt, 22, of Terre Haute, is Miss Crossroads to America. A recent Indiana State University graduate with a degree in communications, focusing on journalism, her talent is jazz dance and her social impact initiative is Living with Lupus — raising awareness for invisible illnesses.

• Tiarra Taylor, 21, of New Albany, is Miss Indiana State University. She studies communications at ISU; her talent is vocal performance and her social impact initiative is, “Bringing advantages to disadvantaged youth.”

The local Miss Indiana’s Outstanding Teen candidate is Alexandra Baker, 16, of Sullivan, who is Miss Banks of the Wabash’s Outstanding Teen. A student at Sullivan High School, her talent is jazz dance and her social impact initiative is “Let’s ACT.”

Next week, three nights of preliminary competition will culminate in the Miss Indiana final competition at 6 p.m. June 15. By the end of the evening, both Miss Indiana and Miss Indiana’s Outstanding Teen 2019 will be crowned.

Tickets are still available for purchase at www.MissIndiana.org.

Fans, friends and family can help ensure that their favorite contestant secures a spot in the final competition by voting at Vote.MissIndiana.Org to be a finalist. 

Only the Top 10 contestants in Miss and Teen, plus the People’s Choice winners, will compete for the titles on finals night. Each vote costs $1.

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