ZIONSVILLE — Lydia Daley was in disbelief Friday night when she was crowned Miss Indiana Outstanding Teen at the Zionsville Performing Arts Center, her mother, Brenda Daley said. Reigning Miss Indiana Outstanding Teen Megan Thwaites — who works with Daley at the Auburn Municipal and sings with her in DeKalb High School’s show choir — placed the crown on Daley’s head.
It’s rare that the reigning queen would know the incoming queen on such a personal level, let alone share the same hometown, pageant official Linda Stayer of rural Auburn said after the competition.
More than 20 people came in support of Daley, including her grandmother, Charlene Whittington, who once directed pageants in DeKalb County. Brenda Daley admitted that she and her parents were crying when Lydia Daley received her tiara and sash.
Today, her Facebook page is littered with congratulatory comments and photos, including an encouraging note from her dad, Stephen Daley, who wrote, “You were unbelievable tonight. I’m still shaking with excitement. … I’m so very proud of you honey!”
“She just didn’t believe it,” Brenda Daley said of her daughter winning. Lydia Daley’s friends and family She cupped her hand over her mouth, laughed, cried and gave a thumbs-up sign during her crowning moment.
Daley wore a stunning red evening gown, featuring feathers at the base of the dress. She also sang a Broadway-style song, “I’m A Star,” for the talent portion of the competition.
Brenda Daley said she “lost her little girl” Saturday morning, when a team of pageant experts whisked Lydia Daley away for a series of autograph sessions, photo shoots, brunches and public appearances.
Daley will compete in the Miss America Outstanding Teen competition in Orlando, Fla., Aug. 15.
Terrin Thomas of Auburn received second runner-up in the competition. Thomas is the daughter of Guy and Joy Thomas of Auburn.
Madison Seifert of Auburn won the scholastic achievement award. She is the daughter of Jay and Sarah Seifert of Auburn.