Tiarra Taylor of New Albany was crowned Miss Indiana 2019 on Saturday night at the Zionsville High School Performing Arts Center in Zionsville.
Taylor, 21, represented her university as Miss Indiana State University in Terre Haute. Her talent is vocal performance and her social impact initiative is “Bringing advantages to disadvantaged youth.” Taylor, who also is a former Miss Harvest Homecoming queen, will serve as Miss Indiana for the next year and will represent Indiana at the Miss America competition, which will air on NBC-TV. A date and time will be announced soon.
First runner-up was Miss Collegiate Indy Teyler Siples, 21, of Bluffton, Second runner-up was Miss Wabash Valley Braxton Hiser, 22, of Indianapolis. Third runner-up was Miss Central Harder, 22, of Zionsville and fourth runner-up was Miss Cardinal, Kaitlyn Schleis, 21, of West Lafayette.
Thirty-six young women between the ages of 17 and 24, from all over Indiana, competed this week in three preliminary nights of competition in talent, evening wear & social impact initiative as well as onstage question, and all had a ten-minute private interview with judges. From this, a Top 10 group of semi-finalists was named at the beginning of tonight’s competition.
Fans were once again asked to vote online for a favorite contestant who was then named the Peoples’ Choice 11th Semi-Finalist and competed in tonight’s final competition. People’s Choice winner was Miss Purdue Alicia Dennie, 20, of Plymouth.
The remaining semi-finalists were Miss Spirit of Indiana Alias Tschuor of Muncie, Miss Kosciusko NaevEnya Moore of Pierceton, Miss Duneland Samantha Shank of Elkhart, Miss Fort Wayne Jordan Axel of Kendallville and Miss Banks of the Wabash Kirsten Davenport of Indianapolis.
The new Miss Indiana’s Outstanding Teen is Hadley Abram, 17, of Bloomington, and her local title was Miss Metropolitan’s Outstanding Teen. Earlier this week, Hadley won preliminary awards in Talent, Active Wear and Interview. A student at Bloomington High School North, Hadley’s talent is musical theater dance and her social impact initiative is “Limitless: Mentoring young girls to be their best selves.” She will serve as Miss Indiana’s Outstanding Teen for the next year and will represent Indiana at the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen competition, which will be held in Orlando, Florida July 23 - 27, 2019.
The outgoing Miss Indiana 2018 Lydia Tremaine and Miss Indiana’s Outstanding Teen 2018 Jenna Zabona passed on their titles tonight. Both are from Kendallville.