ZIONSVILLE — After claiming both the Miss Indiana and Miss Indiana’s Outstanding Teen crowns last year, northeast Indiana was mostly shut out in Saturday’s pageant finals.
Judges selected Tiarra Taylor, 21, Miss Indiana State in Terre Haute, as the 2019 Miss Indiana and Hadley Abram, 17, Miss Metropolitan’s Outstanding Teen of Bloomington, as Miss Indiana’s Outstanding Teen 2019 in Saturday night’s finals
Lindsey Limbach of LaGrange posted the best finish for the dozen area miss and teen competitors, finishing as fourth runner-up in the teen competition on Saturday.
Limbach, 17, an East Noble High School student, had won preliminary competitions in active wear and talent on Thursday and Friday, respectively.
Twelve women from Noble, LaGrange, Steuben and DeKalb counties were competing for titles in the competition, as well as one competitor from Carroll High School in Huntertown and another from Whitko Jr./Sr. High School in South Whitley.
In the Miss Indiana contest, Jordan Axel of Kendallville — a former Miss Indiana’s Outstanding Teen from 2016 — made it into the Top 11 but did not advance into the final five.
On the teen side, Elayna Hasty of Angola was one of the top 11 semifinalists and was joined by Katelyn Joseph, 13, of Garrett, who was the People’s Choice winner in the online voting contest.
Also recognized at the contest was Madilyn Kazmucha, 18, of Wolcottville, who received the non-finalist talent award as well as the newcomer award in the miss contest. Jordyn Leininger, 14, a student at Whitko, was one of two Hoosier Spirit award winners in the teen category.
At Saturday’s pageant, Miss Indiana 2018 Lydia Tremaine and Miss Indiana’s Outstanding Teen 2018 Jenna Zabona, both of Kendallville, performed their talents and took one final stroll down the catwalk before passing their crowns to the new titleholders.
The 2018 contest was the second time both titles were held by women from Kendallville after Brianna DeCamp and Axel claimed the miss and teen titles, respectively, in 2016.