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Miss Indiana, Outstanding Teen contests set to begin

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Fifteen contestants have connections to Fort Wayne.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 12:01 am

Fifteen young women from the Fort Wayne area will compete for the titles of Miss Indiana and Miss Indiana's Outstanding Teen.

Activities related to the pageants begin in Zionsville Sunday and run through June 22.

Nine Miss Indiana contestants and six Outstanding Teen contestants live in or attend school in Fort Wayne and other parts of northeastern Indiana.

This year 32 contestants between ages 17 and 24 will compete for the title of Miss Indiana, with the final event June 22. And 26 young women between ages 13 and 17 will compete for Miss Indiana's Outstanding Teen on June 21.

Here's some information on the young women from northeast Indiana:

Miss Indiana Contestants:

•Sara Alford of Poneto is Miss Huntington. She is 22 and a graduate of Southern Wells High School and Purdue University. She is currently a graduate student at Purdue studying agronomy. Her talent is jazz dance and her platform is “Sustainable Agriculture: Improve Ag Today, End Hunger Tomorrow.”

•Lindsey Carden of Fort Wayne is Miss Fort Wayne. She is 19, a graduate of Homestead High School and is studying business at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Her talent is Broadway vocal and her platform is “Pediatric Cancer Awareness and Prevention.”

•Okara Imani of Indianapolis is Miss IPFW (Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne). She is 20 and a graduate of Lawrence Central High School studying music at IPFW. She is a vocalist and her platform is “Making the Arts Accessible.”

•Kaitlin Karr of Garrett is Miss Northeast (crowned in Auburn). She is 21, a graduate of Garrett High School and a student at Indiana University studying speech and language pathology. Her talent is tap dance and her platform is “Relay for Life: Lights, Camera, Take Action.”

•Taylor Knox of Auburn is Miss Three Rivers Festival (crowned in Fort Wayne). She is 18 and a recent graduate of DeKalb High School with plans to attend Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich. Her talent is contemporary ballet and her platform is “MATS (Mentoring and Tutoring Students).”

•Caitlin Moore of Avilla is Miss Limberlost (crowned in Kendallville). She is 19 and a graduate of East Noble High School studying communications, Spanish and music at Valparaiso University. She is a vocalist and her platform is “A New Start: Shelter from the Storm.”

•Shana Patel of Pierceton is Miss Kosciusko County. She is 20 and a graduate of Whitko High School and a student at IPFW majoring in nursing. Her talent is Bollywood dancing and her platform is “Women's Health Issues.”

•Terrin Thomas of Auburn is Miss Indiana University. She is 20 and a graduate of DeKalb High School studying journalism at Indiana University. She is a vocalist and her platform is “Service-Learning: Learning through Action.”

•Megan Thwaites of Garrett is Miss Ball State University. She is 21, a graduate of DeKalb High School and a student at Ball State majoring in public relations and journalism. Her talent is jazz dance and her platform is “Relay for Life: Celebrate, Remember and Fight Back.”

Miss Indiana’s Outstanding Teen Contestants

•Ciara Borg of Wolcottville is Miss Northern Lakes' Outstanding Teen (crowned in Kendallville). She is 17 and a student at Westview High School. Her talent is tap dance and her platform is “Give Back — Inspiring Youth Philanthropy.”

•Maddison Bryan of LaOtto is Miss Limberlost's Outstanding Teen (crowned in Kendallville). She is 15 and a student at East Noble High School. Her talent is jazz dance and her platform is “Youth Empowerment: More than finding yourself, it's creating yourself!”

•Alexandra Dallas of Angola is Miss Northeast's Outstanding Teen (crowned in Auburn). She is 16 and a student at Angola High School. Her talent is contemporary ballet and her platform is “Kids Get Arthritis Too: Awareness and Management of Juvenile Arthritis.”

•Brenna Liddell of Auburn is Miss Fort Wayne's Outstanding Teen. She is 16 and a student at Lakewood Park High School. Her talent is lyrical dance and her platform is “Promoting Self Worth in Young Women.”

•Alexa Marasovich of Fort Wayne is Miss Collegiate South's Outstanding Teen (crowned in Salem). She is 14 and a student at St. Vincent De Paul School. Her talent is a gymnastic dance and her platform is “Gen-Y: Healthy Habits, Happy Life.”

•Megan Smaltz of Auburn is Miss Three Rivers Festival's Outstanding Teen (crowned in Fort Wayne). She is 16 and a student at DeKalb High School.

Her talent is tap dancing and her platform is “Family Wellness: It Starts with You.”