Eight residents from Clark and Floyd counties are competing this week in both the Miss Indiana and Miss Indiana's Outstanding Teen pageants. Learn more about each contestant:

MISS INDIANA CONTESTANTS

Tiarra Taylor, 21, of New Albany

Miss Indiana State University

Social impact initiative: “Bringing advantages to disadvantaged youth.”

What would you hope to accomplish as Miss Indiana?

"One of my goals in this organization is really to be a light that others are able to see and want to become a part of. My platform is all about empowering young people, and one way that I'm able to do that is through being a light. Hopefully, being an African American Miss Indiana, maybe they can think, I can do the same thing and I can do something greater than what society is telling me I can be.

Madelyn Steurer, 21, of Jeffersonville

Miss Harvest Homecoming

Education: Marketing and Romance languages major at University of Notre Dame

Talent: Vocal performance

Social impact initiative: "I Am That Girl"

What would you hope to accomplish as Miss Indiana?

"I'm really looking forward to spreading my social impact initiative most of all. "I Am That Girl" is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that is focused on leadership development academically, mentally and socially for young women. So I'm really looking forward to expanding the local chapter program across the state, and I've already kind of started doing that by visiting schools such as New Albany High School and giving motivational speeches about how being vulnerable can turn us into even better leaders."

Meadow Ryann, 19, of Floyds Knobs

Miss Southern Heartland

Education: Psychology major at Southern Illinois University

Talent: Vocals with guitar

Social impact initiative" "Music with a meaning"

What would you hope to accomplish as Miss Indiana?

"As Miss Indiana, I would love to share my platform. I founded my platform, Music with a Meaning, before even starting to compete in the organization. Essentially, I use music as a means of connection to raise funds and awareness for any cause that's close to me and near to my heart, and also to just influence and inspire positivity in the upcoming generation through self-love."

MISS OUTSTANDING TEEN CONTESTANTS

Ellise Edwards, 15, of Corydon

Miss Fort Wayne's Outstanding Teen

Education: Student at Floyd Central High School

Talent: Dance

Social impact initiative: Blessings in a Backpack

What would you hope to accomplish as Miss Indiana's Outstanding Teen?

"Being Miss Indiana's Outstanding Teen, for me, is an opportunity for me to first and foremost serve the state of Indiana, so that will be a big part of a my year, but also being a light and an encourager in the truest way possible, and that's by being a role model and being able to work with a lot of different people throughout my year...[Blessings in a Backpack] works to make sure every kid has food over the weekend, so as Miss Outstanding Teen, my goal is to hopefully take Blessings in a Backpack statewide and talk to government officials and school districts about getting programs like Blessings in a Backpack implemented in every school in the state."

Meg Edwards, 17, of Corydon

Miss South Bend's Outstanding Teen

Education: Floyd Central High School

Talent: Vocal and ukulele performance

Social impact initiative: "Meg's Mirror Message"

What would you hope to accomplish as Miss Indiana's Outstanding Teen?

"If I was to win, I'd like to expand the reach of my platform. As the founder of my own platform, it's always the goal to get out more in the state. With the title, I would want to connect with others the best I could to make sure to be a good representative of the state as Miss Indiana's Outstanding Teen and to do our state justice...Meg's Mirror Message is about inspiring girls to look in the mirror and love who they see. It's mainly about confidence and education."

Skylar Adwell, 15, of Georgetown

Miss Harvest Homecoming's Outstanding Teen

Talent: Vocal performance

Social impact initiative: “Rainbows: Helping children cope with the loss of a parent.”

What would you hope to accomplish as Miss Indiana's Outstanding Teen?

"I want to be able to give people the role model I wish I had when I lost my father. I plan to really make an impact on the state of Indiana by being that role model, being that person to look up to. I really plan to make as many appearances as possible...I lost my dad when I was two years old, so for me, it's about making peer groups within schools and local after school programs to help children cope with the loss of a parent through meeting other kids like them."

Lexie Stites, 16, of Greenville

Miss South Central's Outstanding Teen

Education: Student at Floyd Central High School

Talent: Tap dance

Social impact initiative: "Dance across borders"

What would you hope to accomplish as Miss Indiana's Outstanding Teen?

"I would hope to make dance and physical movement in an artistic way more accessible to kids all around the state. I want to make sure they have the materials they need and access to different outlets that foster that sense of freedom that you can have through dance and gain confidence through that and the arts."

Ella Doddridge, 15, of Greenville

Miss Three Rivers Festival's Outstanding Teen

Education: Student at Floyd Central High School

Talent: Acro-jazz dance

Social impact initiative: Girls Inc.

What would you hope to accomplish as Miss Indiana's Outstanding Teen?

"I think what I hope to accomplish is just to get out there and be a role model and represent Indiana the best that I can. Definitely as Miss Indiana's Outstanding Teen, I would like to expand my platform to work with young women all across the state to mentor them and help them become strong, smart and bold."