ZIONSVILLE, Ind. — Several local young women will compete next week for titles of Miss Indiana and Miss Indiana’s Outstanding Teen.

On Sunday, 64 women who are leaders in their Hoosier communities will gather in Zionsville to begin competition for nearly $60,000 in scholarships and the titles of Miss Indiana and Miss Indiana’s Outstanding Teen 2019.

Three nights of preliminary competition — Wednesday, Thursday and Friday — will culminate in the Miss Indiana Final Competition June 15, starting at 6 p.m. By the end of the evening, both Miss Indiana and Miss Indiana’s Outstanding Teen 2019 will be crowned.

Tickets to watch the competition are still available for purchase at www.MissIndiana.org.

Fans, friends and family can help ensure their favorite contestant secures a spot in the final competition by voting for her at Vote.MissIndiana.Org to be a finalist. The Top 10 contestants in Miss and Teen, plus the People’s Choice winners, will compete for the titles on final night. Each vote costs $1.

Local Miss Indiana candidates include:

• Darby Bell, 25, of Elkhart, is Miss Elkhart County. She has studied at The Young Americans College of Performing Arts. Bell’s talent is vocal performance and her social impact initiative is “A catalyst of hope: Healing through music.”

• Samantha Shank, 20, of Elkhart, is Miss Duneland. A student at Bethel University majoring in business administration, Shank’s talent is piano performance and her social impact initiative is “Learning to Love Learning.”

• Madilyn Kazmucha, 18, of Wolcottville, is Miss Limberlost. A student at Liberty University studying digital media and journalism, Kazmucha’s talent is musical theater dance and her social impact initiative is “Let your light shine.”

• NaevEnya Moore, 18, of Pierceton, is Miss Kosciusko. A student at The University of St. Francis majoring in biology with an emphasis in physician’s assistant studies, Moore’s talent is vocal performance and her social impact initiative is “Using education to inhibit intolerance.”

The local Miss Indiana’s Outstanding Teen candidates are:

• Alyssa McClendon, 16, of Goshen. She is Miss Wabash Valley’s Outstanding Teen. A student at Concord High School, Alyssa’s talent is tap dance and her social impact initiative is “Adopt. Don’t shop.”

• Jordyn Leininger, 14, of Pierceton, is Miss Kosciusko’s Outstanding Teen. A student at Whitko Junior Senior High School, Jordyn’s talent is theatrical vocal performance and her social impact initiative is “Poss-ABILITIES: Sharing a love of livestock with youth of all abilities.”

• Lindsey Limbach, 17, of LaGrange, is Miss Limberlost’s Outstanding Teen. A student at East Noble High School, Lindsey’s talent is tap dance and her social impact initiative is “Leading the future one step at a time.”

• Katelyn Joseph is Miss Elkhart Outstanding Teen.

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