Our last update:) What a busy day!
A few highlights:
As mentioned in last night's update, Jessica and the other contestants had brunch with the former Miss Indiana's. She enjoyed the time and really appreciated the comments from the formers.
The parade was fun - lots of people lined the brick street to see all of the contestants. Abigail and Brionna (her princesses) rode in the convertible with Jess and Sycamore Sam walked along side the car. Sam was a crowd favorite. ISU was the only program out of 6 universities to have their mascot present. We are very fortunate Sam loves the Miss ISUprogram!
After the parade, the contestants signed autographs for an hour. So many people having pictures signed and photos taken - it was fun. Afterwards - we had a great time at the "family and friends lunch" It was a good break for Jess.
The auditorium is always full of excitement for the final night and this evening was not different. It is wonderful to see so many people supporting all of the contestants. Jess's "fan club" was no exception. We estimate that almost 40 people (including her wonderful mom and dad and of course granny) were there supporting her! Plus others that she met throughout the week.
We were excited to see 7 of our former Miss ISUs who are all still playing an active role in the Miss Indiana local programs - in attendance tonight.
Ayanna Sykes - 2012
Maggi Stephens - 2011
Taylor Schaffer - 2010
Carolyne Holcomb - 2009
Kaleena Dale McCormick - 2005
Sarah Tislow - 2004
Amanda Zachary Burns - 2003
In addition our Miss ISU Family members - Delana Pearman - Gloria Cheever and Kristy Dale were in attendance.
Immediately folloiwing the opening number - the announcement of the top 11 was made. We were anxiously awaiting Jessica's name to be called - but alas it was not. We were all disappointed that Jess was not selected but we are so so very proud of her and the way she represents our program and the university. She is a true blue Sycamore.
Our Board of Directors can't thank you all enough for caring about this program and being there to support our students as they serve in the role of Miss Indiana State University.
Jess will be spending time at home in Cambridge City, getting some much needed sleep and home cooked meals! She will continue to study for her upcoming CPA exam as she prepares to begin her position as a staff accountant for Pioneer Oil in Vincennes this fall.
In the Sycamore Spirit~
Freda - Al
Gina - Carolyne - Janet - Marlene (Board Members)
Good early morning from Zionsville! The preliminary competition is "in the books".
Highlights of the activity packed day:
*Jess had an early morning talent rehearsal at the Performing Arts Center with the other contestants from her group.
*All of the princesses and pre-teen princess arrived today! You can only imagine trying to "keep track" of all of those little ones.
*Our Miss ISU princess's (Abigail and Brionna) were awesome! Both of the girls are from Terre Haute. Jessica really enjoys having them with her on stage. They made an appearance tonight and will also be a part of the Finals Night show.
*Tonight was talent competition for Jess. I know I am totally biased - but she "rocked it" on stage. We were so happy her long time dance teacher was there to watch her perform. She has been a great supporter of Jessica's and has been a tremendous help with prepping her for competition.
*Jess's "fans' traveled from all parts of the state (and even Illinois) to support her tonight and more will be there tomorrow. It was great to see her college friends, boyfriend and his family, past Miss ISU's, ISU staff, her family and of course our wonderful Board of Directors.
*Tomorrow is the final day of Miss Indiana Week. The contestants have a special breakfast with former Miss Indiana's and Miss America 2009 - Katie Stam Irk. Then it is off to downtown Zionsville for the parade!
*The parade route is on the main brick street - very picturesque location. Jess will be riding with her 2 princesses. Immediately following the parade there is an autograph signing event. Sycamore Sam is planning to make an appearance at both activities. Sam is always very popular. A special shout out to Tommy Lynch (longtime student leader) and Andrew Hile (who will be a first year ISU student in the fall) who will be taking on the role of Sycamore Sam. Hopefully they will be able to keep hydrated and not get over heated! Another special shout out to Al Perone as he serves as the Parade Announcer again this year.
*We are fortunate that Jessica gets to spend 2 hours with us in the afternoon. We will be having all of the family and friends get together at a favorite restaurant in Zionsville - Amore's... best pizza in the Indy area!!! It will be a time to relax and celebrate a great week.
*Final competition begins at 6 pm. It will be streamed live on the web (cost is $10). More information is on the Miss Indiana website www.missindianapageant.com
*Please continue to send good thoughts to Jessica - she has represented our university very well with her kind heart - talents - and professionalism this week. We are hopeful she moves on to the final round tomorrow night.
*Don't' forget to check out all of the photos on the websites and our Miss ISU Facebook and website.
Thanks again for your support!
We are happy to report that Wednesday's competition is now complete!
Jessica started out the day with final preparation for interview (make up - hair - reviewing her 30 second closing statement for the judges and catching up on all of the current events). Her private interview with the judges was at 12:30 pm. I received the following text after she finished "... it was great! I got to talk about Brionna (her princess for Miss Indiana - who is facing medical challenges) and clogging!" She was asked many questions ranging from "Is middle America ready for a Miss America who is in a same sex relationship" to "are you a miracle granter for Make-A- Wish". This part of the competition is 25%.
Immediately after her interview Jess joined the other contestants as they visited a nursing home facility in Zionsville.
Tonight was an easier night on stage for Jess. Her group of contestants only had to answer an on-stage question - 5% of the competition points. She did well in her response to a question about her platform (Children with Medical Challenges -Make -A-Wish Foundation). Each night the contestants introduce themselves to the audience by saying something special about their college - hometown or pageant. Jessica's is based on ISU being ranked #1 in Community Service.
After competition each night we are able to spend 15 minutes with Jessica. It was great to have her family (Granny- Mom- Dad and a family friend) as well as the Miss ISU Board of Directors and ISU staff, alumni and students in attendance tonight. Once the contestants return to their hotel - the directors have a chance to meet with the women for 20 minutes. It gave Jess a chance to "decompress" before tomorrow's busy day.
On a side note - when I went to the hotel to meet Jessica - JAKE ODUM was getting on the elevator. I was able to chat for a minute and tell him about Miss ISU being in the same hotel and about the competition. He is staying there while he works out with the Pacers! What a small world!
Thursday is a day full of appearances and preliminary competition night at 7 pm.
We can't thank you enough for your continued support!
Please continue to check out the Miss Indiana website(as well as Face book) for pictures. www.missindianapageant.com and www.missindianastateuniversity.com
In the Sycamore Spirit`~
Greetings from Zionsville!
It has been a busy couple of days for Jessica - here are some highlights:
*Community service event with the Girl Scouts - she looked great in her ISU We are #1 in Community Service t-shirt!
*Dinner with the members of Zionsville Lions Club - one of our scholarship sponsors
*Rehearsal - Rehearsal and Rehearsal
*Attended the Joy of Life Luncheon - which was delicious (home cooked "comfort" food and even a candy bar)! Seriously - it was a great luncheon - all in celebration of a woman who did so much for the Miss Indiana program - Joy Robbins - who passed away from breast cancer in 2009. Katie Stam Irk (Miss America 2009) and Megan Meadors (Miss Indiana 2009) gave their personal stories about Joy and the legacy she left behind. Jessica has applied for the $1000 Joy of Life scholarship - which entailed writing an essay on one of Joy's favorite quotes. We will find out at the final night of competition - who will receive the scholarship.
*Dress Rehearsal was tonight- All (59) of the Miss Indiana and Miss Outstanding Teen Contestants on stage at one time! They ran through each part of the Miss Contestants competition areas for each night. All in about 4 hours.
*Jessica did her talent and looked great! Her costume (black with crystals) and her "fast feet" really made her clogging routine fun to watch! I was able to video tape her in her swim wear - evening gown and talent. She will have a chance to review the videos before she begins competition tomorrow night.
*Exciting news from Miss Indiana - the Final Night of Competition is sold out! But it will be webcast (more information on the Miss Indiana website). There are still tickets remaining for preliminary nights. If you are in the area and want to attend let me know.
*Interview begins at 12:24 pm - please send positive thoughts to Jessica! She is prepared and feels confident - but a little extra positive energy never hurts! The private interview will be with 5 judges and last 10 minutes. It is worth 25% of her total score.
Jessica is in good spirits and excited for competition to begin!
Remember to check out the websites for pictures and updates:
In the Sycamore Spirit~
Jessica is officially moved in for competition week! Thanks to her awesome Mom and Dad for all of their help yesterday.
Highlights of the day:
*Moved her competition wardrobe into the Zionsville High School Performing Arts Center. She was lucky in that she was placed on the end and in the corner of the makeup and hair area in her dressing room.. .. you can only imagine the amount of space 65 women (teens and miss contestants) take with gowns – dresses – makeup and hair products and other necessities!
*The opening reception was hosted at the Golf Club of Indiana’s Cardinal Room. Very nice venue! All of the Miss Contestants plus several of the Teen Contestants were in attendance along with family and friends. The contestants all introduced themselves and were excited to receive a complimentary Vera Bradley bag!
*A few awards were given i.e. Miracle Makers (raised the most money for Children’s Miracle Network i.e. Riley Hospital for us).
*The best news was that Jessica received the Hoosier Leadership Memorial Scholarship ($500)! SO PROUD OF HER. There were 17 women who applied for the award. Thanks to Dr. Bruce McLaren and Dr. Jim Buffington for providing letters of reference for the award.
*She is now moved into her home for this week - the Embassy Suites!
*Tomorrow will be a busy rehearsal day along with appearances with the Girl Scouts and Lions Club (who are huge scholarship sponsors for Miss Indiana).
*Follow the Miss Indiana Pageant Facebook Page and Website for pictures and updates as well. www.missindianapageant.com
*Jessica is also blogging – www.missindianastateuniversity.com
We will send another update after Dress Rehearsal on Tuesday evening.
Thanks again for all of your support!