Ind. pagaent winners making 1st public appearance today

Miss Indiana USA and Miss Indiana Teen USA are making their first public joint appearance today at Honey Creek Middle School in Terre Haute.

Gretchen Reece and Kassidy Tharp, Miss Indiana USA and Miss Teen Indiana USA, respectively, were crowned Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 at the end of a two-day pageant at the Renaissance Indianapolis North Hotel in Carmel, Ind.

The event at Honey Creek Middle School is expected to draw more than 1,000 attendees, according to a Pageant Associates release.

“The titleholders will be on hand to participate in a school-organized program designed to honor (soldiers) for providing us freedoms and safety throughout our community and country,” the release reads. The women will also educate students about the importance of what soldiers do and will be present to “build a bridge between the school and the community.”

Reece lives in North Vernon, Ind., and is a graduate of both Jennings County High School and Butler ?University. Her primary career interest is speech-language pathology.

Tharp hails from Shelburn and is a Sullivan High School senior. She plans to study chemistry and epidemiology in the future.

The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. at 6601 S. Carlisle St., Terre Haute.

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