Thirty-two young women from across Indiana made their way to Zionsville, Indiana last Sunday, along with parents, directors, and volunteers to kick off the 2012 Miss Indiana Pageant. What occurs at a pageant kick-off? Many have asked…I’m here to answer! First, we wasted no time in taking a quick group picture including the 52 young women competing in both the miss and teen competitions (a record number in Indiana!) One of my new Miss Indiana sisters, Sam Rife, and I were naturally directed to the back (“tall girls”) and hidden behind 50 other girls. It was a humorous process deciding whether to attempt to get in the picture or to settle inconspicuously into the background. Fortunately, here’s a shot that includes both of our faces: (#winning)
Following the group picture, we settled into our seats and received great news about Miss Indiana’s new title sponsor: Indy Laser Center, also the official cosmetic laser center of The Indianapolis Colts and Colts Cheerleaders. A couple of representatives from Indy Laser were present, Chris and Lizzy, to speak with us. Indy Laser is a “locally owned and operated business that has been providing the most affordable, effective cosmetic laser procedures in Central Indiana since 2004.” Check out their website for more information!
Our reigning Indiana titleholders, Jackie & Breezy, then shared a few words of encouragement followed by our lovely Miss America 2009, Katie Stam. Each of the board members/volunteers informed us about important aspects of Miss Indiana week including locations, appearances, wardrobe, travel, lodging, princesses, food, etc. Finally, Aren Straiger, co-director of the Miss Indiana Pageant, walked us through what we should expect during Miss Indiana week.
Next up was the contestant lottery! Names were drawn to determine the order each contestant would draw her number. Each contestant then picked a number out of the bag to determine when she would choose her contestant number. (Confused, yet?) I chose contestant #32 and am very pleased to round out the Beta group. I am excited to be lined up beside Gracie Lyons again this year! Gracie is an absolute sweetheart and I look forward to spending much more time with her and the rest of my “Beta” girls during Miss Indiana week. Following our contestant lottery came the submission of the majority of our Miss Indiana paperwork including our individual resume, platform statement, headshot, and contestant contract. As I set back in my seat after completing all of my obligations for the meeting, I looked around and realized, it’s almost here! Miss Indiana 2012 will be here before we know it and I look forward to an experience even better than the last.