Haley Begay, an IU student, won the Miss Indiana pageant Saturday.
Begay is a rising sophomore in the Media School. She succeeds Brianna DeCamp, Miss Indiana 2016, according to the Miss Indiana website.
This year’s finals took place at the Zionsville Performing Arts Center after a week of pageant events, including the Miss Indiana Royal Brunch, a Lions Club of Zionsville Cookout and three days of preliminary competition. The final competition took place on Saturday after the Miss Indiana Parade and an autograph signing session.
Later this year, Begay will represent Indiana in the Miss America pageant. The Miss America pageant will air in September.
The Miss Indiana Pageant was established in 1927, according to the Miss Indiana website. It is a partner of Miss Indiana’s Outstanding Teen.
IU runs its own Miss Indiana-affiliated pageant, Miss IU, which is limited to IU students on the Bloomington campus.
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French Harpist Mélanie Laurent won the event, taking home a $55,000 harp.
Julia Arciero, Kylie Peppler and Adam Ward received $1.8 million in awards from the National Science Foundation.
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