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Miss Indiana USA

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Miss Indiana USA
Formation 1952
Type Beauty pageant
Headquarters Indianapolis
Location
Membership
Miss USA
Official language
English
Website Official website
Allison Biehle, Miss Indiana USA 2010
Courtni Hall, Miss Indiana USA 2009
Brittany Mason, Miss Indiana USA 2008

The Miss Indiana USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Indiana in the Miss USA pageant and the name of the title held by those representatives. The current titleholder is Brittany Winchester of Indianapolis.[1]

The pageant is currently held in Carmel and has previously been hosted by Merrillville, Michigan City and Indianapolis.[2][3][4][5]

Results summary[edit]

  • First runners-up: Holli Dennis (1981)
  • Second runners-up: Elaine Richards (1966), Kelly Lloyd (2002)
  • Third runners-up: Jayme Buecher (1978)
  • Top 10: Virginia Johnson (1952), Holly Roehl (1996), Pratima Yarlagadda (1999), Tashina Kastigar (2003), Brittany Mason (2008)
  • Top 12: Jo Berryman (1975)
  • Top 16: Sue Ekamp (1962), Jillian Wunderlich (2011)
  • Top 20: Mekayla Diehl (2014)

Special awards[edit]

  • Miss Photogenic: Gretchen Reece (2015)
  • Best State Costume: Heather Gray (1992)

Winners[edit]

Color key
  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as runner-up
  •      Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
Year Name Hometown Age1 Placement at Miss USA Special awards at Miss USA Notes
2017 Brittany Winchester[1] Indianapolis 26
2016 Morgan Abel[6] North Vernon[6] 26[6] Previously Miss Indiana Teen USA 2008[6]
2015 Gretchen Reece North Vernon 23 Miss Photogenic
2014 Mekayla Diehl[7] Bristol[8] 25 Top 20[7]
2013 Emily Hart[9] Fort Wayne 25
2012 Megan Myrehn Carmel 20 Previously Miss Virginia Teen USA 2008 and Top 15 at Miss Teen USA 2008
2011 Jillian Wunderlich Kokomo 19 Top 16 Previously Miss Florida Teen USA 2008 and Top 15 at Miss Teen USA 2008
2010 Allison Biehle North Vernon 21
2009 Courtni Hall Crawfordsville 22 Previously Miss Indiana Teen USA 2004
2008 Brittany Mason Anderson 21 Top 10 finalist, Finished in 7th Place Director of Miss Universe Ireland pageant.[10]
2007 Jami Stallings Newburgh 20 Previously Miss Indiana Teen USA 2003, Top 15 at Miss Teen USA 2003
2006 Bridget Bobel Peru 26 Top 10 at National Sweetheart 2004; Sister of Miss Indiana 2000 Betsy Bobel
2005 Kaitlyn Christopher Kokomo 18
2004 Stephanie Keusch Jasper 24
2003 Tashina Kastigar West Terre Haute 22 Semi-finalist, Finished in 7th Place Previously Miss Indiana Teen USA 1998
2002 Kelly Lloyd Indianapolis 25 2nd runner-up "Triple Crown" winner, previously Miss Indiana Teen USA 1993 1st runner up Miss Teen USA 1993 and Miss Indiana 1999; 2nd runner-up to National Sweetheart 1998; Current director of operations for the Miss Indiana USA and Miss Indiana Teen USA pageants[11]
2001 Sarah McClary Evansville 22 Previously Miss Indiana Teen USA 1995
2000 Kristal Wile Anderson 23
1999 Pratima Yarlagadda[12] Shipshewana[12] 22[12] Semi-finalist
1998 Nicole Llewellyn[13] Munster[13] 23[13] Previously Miss Indiana Teen USA 1992 (semifinalist in Miss Teen USA 1992) and later Mrs. Indiana 2001, Mrs. America 2001 & Mrs. World 2002 under her married name, Nicole Brink.
1997 Tricia Nosko Evansville 25
1996 Holly Roehl 23 Semi-finalist Previously Miss Georgia Teen USA 1990, 2nd runner up at Miss Teen USA 1990
1995 Heather Hart Newburgh Previously Miss Indiana Teen USA 1991, Top 12 at Miss Teen USA 1991
1994 Kim Scull Clarksville
1993 Lisa Higgins South Bend
1992 Heather Gray Best State Costume
1991 Cathi Bennett[4] New Albany[4] 24[4]
1990 Meri Buker[5] Kokomo[5] 24[5]
1989 Gwen Volpe
1988 Loetta Earnest[14] East Chicago[14] 22[14]
1987 Alecia Masalkoski Bremen Previously Miss Michigan 1985
1986 Diane Andrysiak South Bend
1985 Theresa Hobbs Wilmington
1984 Susan Willardo Highland
1983 Toni Yudt Portage
1982 Sara Binkley Greencastle
1981 Holli Dennis Fort Wayne 1st runner-up
1980 Susan Osby[3] Hebron[3]
1979 Deborah Hayes[3] Kokomo[3]
1978 Jayme Buecher 3rd runner-up
1977 Lynn Flaherty Nappanee
1976 Annette Anderson
1975 Jo Berryman Kokomo Semi-finalist Non-finalist at Miss World USA 1974
1974 Lisa Childress
1973 Debbie Ausenbaugh[15] Merrillville
1972 Julie Clifford 1st runner-up in Miss World USA 1975
1971 Debra Downhour[16] Cass[16]
1970 Mary McBride[17] Michigan City[17]
1969 Linda Smith
1968 Nikki Peck
1967 Pamela Talmadge
1966 Elaine Richards 2nd runner-up Died age 41 in 1984 after a long illness[18]
1965 Did Not Compete
1964 Charlene Kratochvil
1963 Vickie Little
1962 Sue Ekamp Semi-finalist
1961 Janice Oliver
1960 June Cochran Indianapolis Playboy Playmate of Year 1963
1959 Anita Watkins
1958 Shirley Ball
1957 Pat Dorsett
1956 Beverly Mattox
1955 Mary Wasick
1954 Cecilia Dennis Milan Semi-finalist
1953 Edith Krumme
1952 Virginia Johnson Semi-finalist

1 Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ellison, Jillian (28 April 2017). "Miss Indiana talks skin cancer, national competition". 
  2. ^ "Carmel in brief- November 1, 2016". Current in Carmel. 1 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "New Miss Indiana USA". The Kokomo Tribune. 8 March 1980. p. 24. 
  4. ^ a b c d "New Albany Woman Miss Indiana USA". Logansport Pharos-Tribune. 27 November 1990. p. 4. 
  5. ^ a b c d Carey, Tom (27 February 1990). "High-tech beauty pursuing dream". The Kokomo Tribune. 
  6. ^ a b c d McClure, Julie (3 June 2016). "North Vernon native competes for Miss USA". The Republic. 
  7. ^ a b Higgins, Will (9 June 2014). "Miss Indiana Mekayla Diehl: 'I'm OK with 'normal". Indy Star. 
  8. ^ Sloma, Tricia (5 June 2014). "Native American roots provide strength for local Miss USA hopeful". WNDU. 
  9. ^ "Emily Hart Crowned Miss Indiana USA 2013". Beauty Pageant News. October 15, 2012. Retrieved January 15, 2013. 
  10. ^ Leach, Robin (30 May 2017). "Beauty queen, ex-Las Vegas model Brittany Mason runs Ireland pageant". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 
  11. ^ "Staff". Retrieved July 10, 2010. 
  12. ^ a b c "Shipshewana woman wins crown". The Kokomo Tribune. 2 November 1998. p. 2. 
  13. ^ a b c "Munster woman wins title". The Kokomo Tribune. 23 June 1997. p. 3. 
  14. ^ a b c "Miss Indiana crowned". Logansport Pharos-Tribune. 7 December 1987. p. 6. 
  15. ^ "Indiana girl in Miss USA pageant". Rushville Republican. 30 April 1973. p. 5. 
  16. ^ a b "Cass Girl Crowned". The Logansport Press. 22 April 1971. p. 1. 
  17. ^ a b ""Miss Indiana" in pageant". The Newark Advocate. 19 May 1970. p. 6. 
  18. ^ Associated Press (1984-06-30). "Elaine Richards". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. 

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