Miss Indiana 2011 Jackie Jerlecki crowns MerrieBeth Cox, the winner of the 2012 Miss Indiana Scholarship Pageant, Saturday night, June 23, at the Zionsville Performing Arts Center.
Cox, 21, is from Roselle, Ill. She previously held the title of Miss Duneland and was crowned in Michigan City. She is a student at Purdue University majoring in physical education.
Her talent is baton twirling and she won a preliminary talent award earlier in the week for her twirling/gymnastics routine to “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend.”
Her platform is Overcoming Challenges. Cox will represent Indiana at the Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas in January.
First runner-up to Miss Indiana was Miss Banks of the Wabash, Audra Casterline, 21, of Fishers; second runner-up was Miss Wabash Valley Mekayla Diehl, 23, of Bristol; third runner-up was Miss Purdue University, Brittany Smith, 22, of Elmhurst, Ill; and fourth runner-up was Miss Metropolitan, Megan Thwaites, 20, of Garrett.