Miss Indiana

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Gabrielle Reed, Miss Indiana 2010
Nicole Pollard, Miss Indiana 2009
Megan Meadors, Miss Indiana 2008
Katie Stam, Miss Indiana 2008 and Miss America 2009
Nicole Rash, Miss Indiana 2007

The Miss Indiana competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Indiana in the Miss America pageant. [1]

Haley Begay of Pittsboro was crowned Miss Indiana 2017 on June 17, 2017 at Zionsville Performing Arts Center in Zionsville, Indiana. She will compete for the title of Miss America 2018 on September 10, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Results summary[edit]

The year in parentheses indicates the year of the Miss America competition the award/placement was garnered.


  • Miss Americas: Katie Stam (2009)
  • 1st runners-up: Carol Mitchell (1952), Ann Garnier (1953), Barbara Mougin (1978), Nicole Rash (2008)
  • 2nd runners-up: Eileen Smith (1966), Shelli Yoder (1993)
  • 3rd runners-up: Pam Carlberg (1982)
  • 4th runners-up: Tommye Glaze (1961), Kit Field (1969), Rebecca Graham (1973), Tiffany Storm (1995)
  • Top 5: Anna Howe (1927)
  • Top 10: Mary Haglund (1968), Penny Tichenor (1975), Cyndi Legler (1976), Laurie Broderick (1986), Shani Nielsen (1997), Julianne Hackney (1999), Bryn Chapman (2004)
  • Top 12: MerrieBeth Cox (2013)
  • Top 15: Helen Emly (1938), Tangra Riggle (2003), Nicole Pollard (2010)
  • Top 20: Allison Hatcher (2002)

Preliminary awards[edit]

Non-finalist awards[edit]

  • Non-finalist Talent: Kathleen Burke (1962), Pat Patterson (1978), Sheila Stephen (1988), Sarah Wiley (2005), Gabrielle Reed (2011), Audra Casterline (2015)

Other awards[edit]


Year Name Hometown Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2017 Haley Begay Pittsboro 19 Miss Metropolitan Vocal TBD TBD
2016 Brianna DeCamp[2] Kendallville 22 Miss Limberlost Tap Dance Previously Miss Indiana's Outstanding Teen 2011
2015 Morgan Jackson[3] Charlestown 21 Miss Harvest Homecoming Lyrical Ballet "It Is Well with My Soul" by Bill Gaither Daughter of Miss New Mexico 1984, Trina Collins

Previously Miss Indiana's Outstanding Teen 2007
Top 10 at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2008

Contestant at National Sweetheart 2014[4]
2014 Audra Casterline Fishers 23 Miss Hoosier Heartland Vocal "Over the Rainbow" Non-finalist Talent Award Contestant at National Sweetheart 2012
2013 Terrin Thomas Auburn 21 Miss Indiana University Vocal "I'm Afraid This Must Be Love" Semi-finalist at Miss Indiana Teen USA 2011
2012 MerrieBeth Cox Roselle, IL 22 Miss Duneland Baton Twirling "Sparkling Diamonds" Top 12 Previously Miss Illinois's Outstanding Teen 2007

Eligible as a student at Purdue University
2011 Jackie Jerlecki[5] Goshen 22 Miss Duneland Vocal "Take Me to the World" from Evening Primrose
2010 Gabrielle Reed Bloomington 22 Miss Southern Heartland Vocal "You'll Never Walk Alone" Non-finalist Talent Award
2009 Nicole Pollard Lafayette 23 Miss Duneland Broadway Vocal "And This Is My Beloved" Top 15 Previously Indiana's Junior Miss 2004
2008 Megan Meadors Auburn 22 Miss Pride of Indiana Vocal N/A N/A Contestant at National Sweetheart 2005

Placed 6th at Miss Indiana 2008

Assumed the title after Katie Stam became Miss America 2009

Cheerleader for the Indianapolis Colts (2010-present)[6]
Katie Stam Seymour 22 Miss Duneland Vocal "Via Dolorosa" Winner Preliminary Swimsuit Award

Quality of Life Award Finalist
Previously Kentuckiana Teen 2002

Previously Indiana's Junior Miss 2005
2nd runner-up at America's Junior Miss 2005

Received a "Golden Sash" and automatic Top 15 placement at Miss America 2009 pageant on Miss America: Countdown to the Crown
2007 Nicole Rash Plymouth 23 Miss Ball State University Vocal "Bandito" 1st runner-up Top 10 at National Sweetheart 2006
2006 Betsy Uschkrat Bloomington 24 Miss Indiana University Classical Vocal "Quando Me'n Vo'" Quality of Life Award Finalist
2005 Susan Guilkey Noblesville 22 Miss North Central Vocal "I, Don Quixote" from Man of La Mancha
2004 Sarah Wiley Carmel 24 Miss Wabash Valley Vocal "What Kind of Fool Am I?" Non-finalist Talent Award Top 10 (2002) and Contestant (2003) at National Sweetheart
2003 Bryn Chapman Indianapolis 21 Miss South Central Vocal "Home" from Phantom Top 10 3rd runner-up at National Sweetheart 2002 as Miss Kentucky
2002 Tangra Riggle West Lafayette 21 Miss North Central Vocal "God Bless America" Top 15 Preliminary Talent Award
2001 Allison Hatcher Evansville 24 Miss North Central Classical Piano "Prelude in G Minor" Top 20
2000 Betsy Bobel Peru 23 Miss Duneland Gymnastics "In the Mood" Sister of Miss Indiana USA 2006, Bridget Bobel
1999 Kelly Lloyd Indianapolis 22 Miss North Central Jazz Dance "Jump, Jive an' Wail" Albert A. Marks Jr. Interview Award Previously Miss Indiana Teen USA 1993
1st runner-up at Miss Teen USA 1993

2nd runner-up at National Sweetheart 1998

Later Miss Indiana USA 2002
2nd runner-up at Miss USA 2002

Current director of operations for the Miss Indiana USA and Miss Indiana Teen USA pageants[7]
1998 Julianne Hackney Vincennes 20 Miss Northwest Territory Vocal "My Man" Top 10 Previously Indiana's Junior Miss 1996

Top 10 at National Sweetheart 1997
1997 Sara Engerman Kendallville 19 Miss Limberlost Tap Dance "Shout And Feel It"
1996 Shani Nielsen New Albany 24 Miss Harvest Homecoming Vocal "In His Eyes" from Jekyll & Hyde Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award

Bernie Wayne Talent Award
1995 Becky Gray Indianapolis 23 Miss North Central Piano
1994 Tiffany Storm Bloomington 24 Miss Capital City Dramatic Vocal "Papa, Can You Hear Me?" 4th runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award

Bernie Wayne Talent Award
1993 Dayna Brewer New Albany 22 Miss Capital City Vocal "When I Look At You" from The Scarlet Pimpernel
1992 Shelli Yoder Shipshewana 24 Miss Elkhart Vocal "This Is the Moment" 2nd runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award (tie) Ran for United States House of Representatives as the Democratic candidate in 2012 and 2016[8][9]
1991 Kari Hipsher Wabash 23 Miss Huntington Ballet en Pointe
1990 Brenda Bassett Kokomo 21 Miss Kokomo Character Ballet en Pointe
1989 Lisa Williamson Terre Haute 26 Miss Hoosier Hills Classical Vocal "The Doll Song" from The Tales of Hoffmann
1988 Joni McMechan Liberty 21 Miss Central Indiana Semi-classical Vocal Medley Toured with the 1989 Miss America USO Troupe
1987 Sheila Stephen Unionville 23 Miss Hoosier Hills Country Vocal "Only You" Non-finalist Talent Award
1986 Susan Sailor Elkhart 20 Miss Elkhart Piano Solo
1985 Laurie Broderick Elkhart 21 Miss Elkhart Dance / Twirl Batons to a medley of songs Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award Toured with 1986 Miss America Gillette Show Troupe
1984 Cynthia Yantis Fort Wayne 23 Miss Fort Wayne Popular Vocal "City Lights"
1983 Teri Schultz Bloomington 21 Miss Hoosier Hills Ballet "Sylvia"
1982 Ilona Conway Bunker Hill 25 Miss Hoosier Hills Popular Vocal "Mister Melody"
1981 Pam Carlberg Bourbon 21 Miss Plymouth Accordion Medley "Sabre Dance" & "Ritual Fire Dance" 3rd runner-up
1980 Teri Kardatzke Anderson 19 Miss Anderson Semi-classical Vocal "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star"
1979 Rickee Farrell Valparaiso 18 Miss North Central Acrobatic Dance "Sweet Charity" Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1978 Terry Kaiser Etna Green 22 Miss Plymouth Modern Dance "Schubert's Unfinished Symphony"
1977 Barbara Mougin Bremen 24 Miss Plymouth Modern Dance "Theme from Summer of '42" 1st runner-up
1976 Tamara Trittschuh Plainfield 21 Miss Monroe County Piano Solo "Brahms' Rhapsody No. 2"
1975 Cyndi Legler Fort Wayne 21 Miss Mid-Central Classical Ballet "Dawn" from Coppélia Top 10 Contestant at National Sweetheart 1974
1974 Penny Tichenor Owensville 21 Miss Evansville Freedom Festival Vocal "Maybe This Time" from Cabaret Top 10
1973 Karen Rogers Indianapolis 22 Miss Indiana Central College Popular Vocal "Put a Little Love in Your Heart"
1972 Rebecca Graham Indianapolis 23 Miss South Central Gymnastics Dance 4th runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1971 Pat Patterson Gary 22 Miss Gary Vocal "My Funny Valentine" Special Talent Award First African-American Miss Indiana[citation needed]

Performed as a recording artist under the name "Kellee Patterson"
1970 Debbie May Remington 21 Miss Indianapolis Semi-classical Vocal "The Impossible Dream" Miss Congeniality
1969 Jill Jackson Anderson 18 Miss Anderson Vocal / Dance "Much More" from The Fantasticks
1968 Kit Field Indianapolis 21 Miss Indianapolis Vocal "Why Was I Born?" 4th runner-up Featured performer on Miss America 1969 telecast
1967 Mary Haglund Indianapolis 19 Miss Butler University Figure Skating "Swan Lake" & "The Shadow of Your Smile" Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award
1966 Jane Ann Rutledge Vincennes 19 Miss Indiana University Piano Solo "Gershwin Medley"
1965 Eileen Smith Indianapolis 18 Miss Indianapolis Vocal Medley "The Sound of Music" & "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" 2nd runner-up Preliminary Talent Award Featured performer on Miss America 1967 telecast
1964 Sandra Miller Bedford 20 Miss Bedford Popular Vocal
1963 Marsha Pinkstaff Crawfordsville Miss Butler University Dramatic Reading
1962 Julia Flaningan Lebanon 20 Miss Butler University Popular Vocal
1961 Kathleen Burke Terre Haute 18 Miss Indiana State Teachers College Musical Monologue & Fashion Show Non-finalist Talent Award
1960 Tommye Glaze Culver 21 Miss Plymouth Classical Vocal "Una Voce Poco Fa" from The Barber of Seville 4th runner-up Preliminary Talent Award
1959 Barbara Kummer Valparaiso 20 Miss Valparaiso University Impersonations of Various Television Personalities
1958 Anita Hursh Goshen Miss Goshen Piano "Polonaise" by Frédéric Chopin Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1957 Gloria Rupprecht Valparaiso Miss Valparaiso University Vocal / Comedy Skit "My Hero" Preliminary Talent Award
1956 Mary McNulty Fort Wayne 22 Miss Fort Wayne Soft Shoe Dance "Singin' in the Rain"
1955 Carolyn Turner Indianapolis Miss Indianapolis Chalk Talk & Poetry
1954 Sue Eaton Monticello Miss Indianapolis Art/Photo Display & Hula
1953 Violet Wratich East Chicago Miss East Chicago Vocal
1952 Ann Garnier Indianapolis Miss Indianapolis Classical Vocal "Il Bacio" by Luigi Arditi 1st runner-up
1951 Carol Mitchell Rochester Miss Rochester Chalk Talk & Marionette Exhibition 1st runner-up
1950 Pat Berry Indianapolis Miss Monticello Vocal "I'm Falling In Love With Someone" from Naughty Marietta
1949 Patricia Cunningham Peru Miss Monticello Water Ballet Original winner, Fay Suter, was disqualified for having competed in two local pageants that same year which, at the time, was against the rules.[10]
1948 Patti Grubbs Gary Vocal "When You Are Away"
1947 Beverly Trenary Gary Vocal "I'll Close My Eyes"
1946 Lois Chitwood Helmsburg Miss Indiana University Piano & Speech
1945 Betty Lockyear Evansville Vocal "Indian Love Call"
1941 Alice Ullery Evansville Modeling
1940 Carolyn Akin Evansville Tap Dance
1938 Helen Emly Letts Miss Letts Top 15 Multiple Indiana representatives
Rosemary White Miss Indianapolis Multiple Indiana representatives
No Indiana representative at Miss America pageant
No pageant was held
1933 Mary Frances Lininger N/A N/A Won the title of Miss Indiana but chose to get married rather than compete at Miss America 1933
No pageants were held
1927 Anna May Owens Gary Miss Gary Multiple Indiana representatives
Anna Howe Miss Hammond Top 5 Multiple Indiana representatives
Hilda Koch South Bend Miss South Bend Multiple Indiana representatives
Vera Haspal Miss Terre Haute Multiple Indiana representatives
1926 Wanda Marie Sobczak Michigan City 20 Won the inaugural Miss Indiana pageant that took place at Gay Mills Ballroom in Miller, IN. There were 21 contestants in the pageant.
No Indiana representative at Miss America pageant
1922 Thelma Blossom Miss Indianapolis Competed as Miss Indianapolis at Miss America pageant

No Miss Indiana
No Indiana representative at Miss America pageant


  1. ^ "Kendallville women crowned Miss Indiana, Miss Indiana Outstanding Teen". wane.com. 
  2. ^ "Brianna DeCamp is Miss Indiana 2016". pageantsnews.com. 
  3. ^ "Charlestown woman crowned Miss Indiana 2015". Indianapolis, IN: WTHR. June 20, 2015. Retrieved July 14, 2015. 
  4. ^ Kim, Gina (June 24, 2015). "U of L student crowned Miss Indiana". The Courier-Journal. Louisville, KY: Gannett. Retrieved July 14, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Goshen's Jackie Jerlecki Miss Indiana". Goshen News. June 25, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Indianapolis Colts: Megan M.". Indianapolis Colts. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  7. ^ "Staff". Retrieved July 10, 2010. 
  8. ^ Wray, Jessica (November 6, 2012). "U.S. Rep. Todd Young defeats Shelli Yoder in Indiana's 9th District". The Courier-Journal. 
  9. ^ "Indiana U.S. House 9th District Results: Trey Hollingsworth Wins". The New York Times. November 17, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Beauty Contestant Is Disqualified". Kentucky New Era. Sep 3, 1949. 

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