Last Saturday evening was filled with talent, thought provoking questions, scholarship awards and plenty of laughter at the 81st Miss Indiana and Miss Outstanding Teen Scholarship Competition, held at Zionsville’s Star Bank Performing Arts Center.
Thirty-five Miss Indiana contestants and 22 Outstanding Teen contestants competed for crowns.
At the start of the evening, emcee Brad Brown announced the 11 finalists from each group (10 chosen by judges and one People’s Choice selection).
Fans heard the 11 contestants from both Miss Indiana and Miss Indiana Outstanding Teens answer random questions regarding gun control, education and equality, followed by show-stopping performances ranging from vocals to baton twirling.
After the initial performances, the 11 contestants were narrowed down to five finalists.
For Miss Indiana the five included Miss Central Indiana Emma Schneider, Miss Metropolitan and Zionsville resident Olivia Broadwater, Miss Cardinal Katie Schleis, Miss Banks of the Wabash Cydney Bridges and Miss Southern Heartland Elizabeth Hallal.
For the Miss Indiana Outstanding Teens, the five finalists included Miss Fort Wayne’s Outstanding Teen Ariana Portricio, Miss South Bend’s Outstanding Teen Bella Bauer, Miss Central’s Outstanding Teen Jordyn Leininger, Miss Capital City’s Outstanding Teen Keegan Connor and Miss Duneland’s Outstanding Teen Kayla Patterson.
Numerous scholarships were awarded for the girls’ talents and participation and the five finalists again took to the stage with gown presentations and additional performances, culminating in the final awards ceremony.
Hallal was named Miss Indiana 2022.
Broadwater was first runner-up; Schleis was second runner up and Bridges was third runner-up.
Patterson was named Miss Outstanding Teen 2022.
Leininger was first runner-up, Patricio was second runner up and Bauer was third runner-up.
Hallal recently shared in a social media post, her journey to the Miss Indiana Competition, speaking about her art advocacy social impact. She founded The Triple A Project: Accessibility to the Arts for All in 2019.
“As a kid, my family didn’t have lots of money; it was the generosity of others that gave me the opportunity to pursue my passion for the arts. This is what I strive to do for others through this initiative,” Hallal said. “Everyone, regardless of their ability or socioeconomic status, should have the opportunity to explore different disciplines of music in order to better express themselves.”
The Ball State junior is currently pursuing a degree in musical theatre.