Private Interview with the Judges and Night #1 of Preliminary Competition are finished!
Ayanna was pleased with her personal interview. She was so glad she had taken advantage of all of the mock interview opportunities on campus. Thank you to those that assisted with those practices. She believes they made a difference!
The program tonight was the beginning of a week of celebration of Miss Indiana’s 75th anniversary. Miss Indiana 2008 – 1975 and 1965 all served as guest MC’s for part of the competition tonight. In addition, the mayor of Zionsville was in attendance to accept a thank you award in honor of Zionsville being the home of Miss Indiana for the past 10 years.
Another guest tonight was Olivia Marshall, Miss America’s Outstanding Teen. She is from Georgia – just completed high school and is starting her freshman year at Julliard on a full ride scholarship in the fall! She is one amazing young woman! She did pose a question to our long time Master of Ceremonies…..”what is a Hoosier”? is it an animal?” Of course the crowd roared with laughter as Brad tried to explain the definition of a Hoosier!
The competition portion of the night was filled with dancers, vocalists, martial arts demonstration, a ventriloquist, and a jump rope performer! Gowns were spectacular! Lots of talented girls and women!
Ayanna’s on-stage question related to her wellness platform. She nailed the answer!!!!
After a few special awards and the announcing of the preliminary winners for swimwear and talent the show came to a close until tomorrow evening.
We were able to visit with the contestants for a short while after the pageant. Attached is a picture of 3 of our Forever Miss Indiana State University women who continue to be actively involved in the Miss America organization. Amanda (Zachary) Burns (2003), Jessica Weesner (2014) and Ayanna!
Tomorrow is a big day! The contestants have lunch with the local Elks Club (who serves as huge sponsors of our scholarships). After lunch they visit Riley Hospital – which is their state/national platform. The women are so excited to seeing the hospital and meeting with some of the patients.
We do appreciate each of you and your support this week and throughout the year!
In the Sycamore Spirit~
Good morning from Zionsville! Ayanna had a very long but amazing day on Tuesday.
The contestants attended the “Joy of Life” luncheon. The luncheon is in honor of a longtime supporter of the Miss Indiana Scholarship Program Joy Robbins. Joy passed away a few years ago after a long and courageous fight with breast cancer. Her husband, Jim, was in attendance which made the luncheon even more special. I have attached a picture from this event.
Dress rehearsal began at 4 pm and went until 11 pm. Yes we did take a 45 minute break! There are 64 total Miss and Outstanding Teen contestants. We saw lots of swimwear, evening gowns and some amazing talent! Ayanna felt very good about each part of competition rehearsal. The only glitch in the evening was that one of the stones fell out of her earring (she has glue for it) and she forgot a slip for her white dress! So that means a trip to Target for me this morning!!!
Ayanna has her private interview with the judges at 12:36 pm. Please send good and positive thoughts her way!
Tonight Ayanna answers the on-stage question. I will send another update after competition.
Check out the Miss Indiana website and Facebook pages for photos and other updates.
Thanks for your support of Ayanna!
Thank you for your support of Ayanna as she begins her week at Miss Indiana! We will be sending out updates each day of competition.
This is the 75th Anniversary for the Miss Indiana Scholarship Program and the 10th year in Zionsville! The Board of Directors have been working hard to make it memorable. Lots of former title holders and special guests will be present at the preliminaries and final night competition.
Moved Ayanna’s competition wardrobe into the Zionsville High School Performing Arts Center. There will be 65 women (Miss and Teen Contestants) sharing the dressing room space! So you only imagine how tight the dressing area is going to be once they all arrive.
We attended the Opening Reception at the Golf Course of Indianapolis. They have a beautiful facility in which the reception is held. The reception was an opportunity for the women to introduce themselves and their platforms. In addition, there were many photo opportunities! Awards for Miracle maker (woman who raised the most for Children’s Miracle Network ) and the Hoosier Leadership Memorial Scholarship. Katie Stam Irk – Miss America 2009 was the keynote speaker. Katie is our only Miss Indiana to become Miss America. Her message was pure and simple to the women competing – “use this week to make connections to everyone you come in contact with whether it be an adult – child – or fellow contestant. Invest yourself in this experience.”
After the reception we moved Ayanna into the Embassy Suites. Her roommate is Kaycie – Miss Ball State University!
Ayanna and the women had dinner at one of the great Zionsville restaurants – Amore’ and then went through a brief orientation before resting up for the busy week.
Today the women will be doing a community service event with the Boys and Girls Club kids. They will then start practice which will last most of the day. This evening they have dinner with the Zionsville Lions Club – who are wonderful supporters of Miss Indiana.
Photos from the events will be posted on the Miss Indiana website
The Final Night of competition will be available (for a small fee) as a webcast – if interested, check this website for further details
In the Sycamore Spirit~
Freda and the Miss ISU Board