Miss Indiana State University Tiarra Taylor of New Albany was named Miss Indiana at the end of Miss Indiana competition Saturday, June 15, and Miss Metropolitan Hadley Abram of Bloomington was crowned Miss Indiana’s Outstanding Teen, on the stage of the Zionsville Performing Arts Center, in front of a packed house.
The 2019 Miss Indiana program marked the 15th year the week-long program has been held in Zionsville, with Brad Brown serving as master of ceremonies.
Late into the Miss Indiana and Miss Indiana’s Outstanding Teen program Saturday night, two local young woman remained in the competition.
Miss Central Indiana Paige Harder and Miss Fall Festival Olivia Broadwater, both of Zionsville, first made the cut into the top 11 of the Miss Indiana and Indiana’s Outstanding Teen, and each were the last name called as a top five finalist in each of their respective programs.
Ultimately, Harder was named third runner-up in the Miss Indiana pageant.
Harder, 22, is a graduate of Taylor University, with a major in exercise science. She is working to complete a master of science in nursing, and she plans to become a family nurse practitioner specializing in functional medicine. She earned her place in the 2019 Miss Indiana pageant by becoming this year’s Miss Central Indiana. During competition Saturday, Harder performed a classical piece on a grand piano. Each participant is asked to support a cause, and Harder’s platform is “Get Up and Move! Overcoming Inactive Lifestyles.”
Broadwater was first runner-up in the Indiana Outstanding Teen competition, and would fill in for Abram if she were unable to fulfill her responsibilities as Indiana’s 2019 Outstanding Teen.
Broadwater, 17, is a student at Zionsville Community High School, plans to graduate high school with honors, and to then major in arts administration with a minor in Spanish. Her professional goals are to pursue musical theater and create a philanthropic entity to support the Alzheimer’s Association. During Saturday’s competition, Broadwater gave a vocal performance. Her platform is “Singing for Smiles: Music Therapy for Alzheimer’s Patients.”
Harder, Broadwater and two other contestants with Boone County roots earned scholarships through their participation with the Miss Indiana program, which is a part of the Miss America.
Participants in the program came to Zionsville a week earlier to take part in special events and preliminary competitions for Miss Indiana contestants featured evening wear/social impact, talent, and on-stage interview components. Miss Indiana’s Outstanding Teens were judge in preliminary rounds on evening wear/on-stage questions, active wear and talent. On Saturday, all of the young women participated in introductions before the field was narrowed — based on scoring in the preliminaries — to the top 10 in each division, along with an 11th people’s choice winner. The majority of Saturday night’s event featured the Miss and Teen semifinalists participating in interviews, evening wear and talent. Questions covered a variety of political and social topics. Near the end of the evening, the field was narrowed to the top 5, and those contestants were asked a final question before the final votes were tallied.
Outgoing Miss Indiana Lydia Tremaine and Miss Indiana’s Outstanding Teen Jenna Zabona gave farewell performances, and took a final walk of the runway before the winners were named.
The 2019 Miss Indiana, Tiarra Taylor, is 21. She is majoring in communication at Indiana State. She plans to earn a bachelor of arts in communication with a focus in public relations. She is a singer with the platform: “Bringing Advantages to Disadvantaged Youth.” Taylor will represent the state in the 2019 competition Sunday, Sept. 9.
The 2019 Indiana Outstanding Teen, Hadley Abram, is 17. She plans earn an academic honors diploma in high school and go on to study aerospace engineering. Her ambition is to work as an aerospace engineer for MASA. Abram’s talent was a musical theater dance routine; her platform is “Limitless: Mentoring Young Girls To be Their Best Selves.”
This year, the Miss Indiana Organization awarded more than $60,000 in scholarships. Many schools also offer in-kind scholarships to contestants.
Harder, Broadwater and two other young women from Zionsville — Miss Ball State Samantha Robbins, 21, and Miss East Central’s Outstanding Teen Shaylee Barnes — all earned scholarships through their participation. Together, they earned $6,850.