Brianna DeCamp was crowned Miss Indiana’s Outstanding Teen, 2011, tonight at the Zionsville High School Performing Arts Center in Zionsville, Indiana.
Twenty-two young women between the ages of 13 and 17, from all over Indiana, competed tonight in talent, active wear, evening wear and onstage question, as well as a private interview held with judges earlier today.
Brianna, Miss Limberlost’s Outstanding Teen is 17 and a student at East Noble High School in Kendallville. Brianna tap danced in the talent competition and her platform is “Mission Impossible: Building Hope in Others’ Lives.” Brianna will now go on to represent Indiana at the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant in Orlando in August.
First runner-up was Madison Seifert, 16, Miss Northeast’s Outstanding Teen, 2nd runner-up was Audrey Ferguson, 13, Miss Banks of the Wabash’s Outstanding Teen, 3rd runner-up was Madeline Coffey, 14, Miss Harvest Homecoming’s Outstanding Teen and 4th runner-up was Rebecca Kain, 17, Miss Duneland’s Outstanding Teen.
The People’s Choice Winner, earning a spot in the Top 10 for receiving the most online votes, was Ashley Zeiner, 16, Miss Fort Wayne’s Outstanding Teen. The remaining members of the top ten were Kilie Hoffa, 17, Miss Crossroads to America’s Outstanding Teen, Brianna Barmes, 15, Miss Hoosier Heartland’s Outstanding Teen, Taylor Knox, 16, Miss Three Rivers Festival’s Outstanding Teen and Samantha Hayes, 17, Miss Central Indiana’s Outstanding Teen.
Other awards were presented to Haley Hackman, 17, Miss Southern Heartland’s Outstanding Teen for Scholastic Achievement, Brianna DeCamp for Talent and Overall Fitness, Kilie Hoffa for Interview, Brianna Barmes won the Childrens Miracle Network “Miracle Maker” Award and Audrey Ferguson won the Hoosier Spirit Award.
Patrons were asked to “Vote for a Cause” by voting for their favorite Teen platform by stuffing jars in the lobby. The winner was Madison Boldry, 15, Miss South Bend’s Outstanding Teen. All the money collected will be donated to Madison’s platform, “Desire to Inspire.”
Katelyn Marak, Miss Indiana’s Outstanding Teen 2010 passed on the crown tonight. Katelyn, 17, of Kouts, will be a senior at Valparaiso High School in Valparaiso, Indiana. Katelyn was a Top Ten Finalist at Miss America’s Outstanding Teen last August.
Katelyn also presented a new award called, “Kreating Hop,” presented to the Teen contestant who accumulated the most hours volunteering for a cause. The winner was Kiersten Lieurance, 15, Miss Collegiate North’s Outstanding Teen.
Finally Madison Seifert won the “Joy of Life” award, presented in honor and memory of Joy Robbins who was a great friend and volunteer to the Miss Indiana program for many years.
Posted Tuesday, November 09, 2010
I've been thinking a lot lately about the interview portion of competition.
This is actually my favorite part of competition, which is really kind of silly because it's the ONE phase of competition that audience members don't see. But I love it, and here's why.
I truly believe that a pageant can be won and lost in the interview room. And I think that's great. If you look at the job of Miss America (or even a Miss State or Miss Local), the one thing they do the most of during their year of service is talk and/or interact with people. That skill is integral to the job.
In the past, when I have had the privilege of judging pageants, I have loved the interview portion the best. You can really get to know a contestant in those few minutes and it sets a really great tone for the rest of the pageant.
Because I love interview so much, and because I am SO looking forward to the 2011 Miss America pageant, I spent some time today daydreaming about the kinds of questions I hope are asked in the 2011 interviews.
Some people love current events questions and things of a more political nature. Those questions are great, and of course Miss America should be well-versed in her own political beliefs and current events. But I don't think those kinds of questions really allow you to get to know a contestant.
I always like asking contestants how they got started in pageantry and what they have enjoyed so far about their year of service. Of course, the four points are a big deal to me (no surprise there) so I like to ask about them, as well.
I would love for the judges to ask the 2011 contestants questions that are salient to the job of Miss America: do you think you can handle yourself in a press conference? How much have you traveled? Are you familiar with the accomplishments of past Miss Americas - and what are the things YOU would like to accomplish as Miss America?
I would love to know what YOUR favorite phase of competition is!
And also, what interview questions would YOU ask the 2011 contestants?