KOSCIUSKO COUNTY — The annual Miss Kosciusko pageant is almost here. There will be eight vying for the Miss Outstanding Teen title and six seeking the Miss Kosciusko title.
The 2017 Miss Kosciusko Katelin Vogel and 2017 Outstanding Teen Malala Pashea will pass their titles on to the respective winners.
The pageant will be held at 5 p.m. Jan. 13, at Wawasee Middle School. There is an admission fee.
The event is sponsored by the Miss Kosciusko County Scholarship organization, part of the Miss Indiana/Miss America Scholarship program.
The two divisions the girls are competing in are: Miss Outstanding Teen division, with 13 to 17 year old participants; and the Miss Kosciusko division, with contestants 17 to 24 years of age.
Girls will compete in five categories: Interview, talent, fitness, evening gown and on-stage question. The winner will go on to the state competition in June.
This year’s winners can win anywhere from $50 to $1,000 in scholarship money.
Contestants for Miss Outstanding Teen include:
Gabi Sigler, 14, from Wawasee Middle School, has a platform of “Human Trafficking Needs to Stop!” She will be singing for her talent portion.
Kierra Hilts, 15, from Castle High School, has a platform of “Lend a Helping Paw (animal rescue)” and she will be dancing in the talent portion of the contest.
Shaylee Barnes, 15, from Zionsville High School. Her platform is “Mental Health Awareness,” and her talent presented will be singing.
Elizabeth Deetz, 16, from Vincennes Lincoln High School, will have a platform of “Knot Alone: Helping Children Through the Grief Journey.” She will be performing a color guard routine in the talent portion.
Olivia Keith, 14, from Hamilton Southeastern High School, will be playing the viola for her talent portion. Her platform is “Play It Safe: Brain Injury Prevention.”
Jordyn Leininger, 13, from Whitko Middle School. Her platform will be “Poss-Abilities” and she will be singing for her talent portion.
Jessica Brewer, 16, from Zionsville High School. Her platform will be “Saving Monarchs,” and her talent performance will be a dance.
Madi Kazmuch, 17, from East Noble High School, has a platform of “Let Your Light Shine.” Her talent portion will be a dance.
Contestants for Miss Kosciusko will be:
Katharine Engler, 18, from Warsaw Community High School, will have as a platform “Expanding Clothing Closets For Elementary Schools.” She will be dancing for her talent portion.
Lacey Helfers, 17, from Wawasee High School, will have a platform of “AIM: Arts Include Many.” For her talent portion she will be performing a monologue.
Kala Bailey, 17, from Wawasee High School, will be performing a color guard routine for her talent portion. Her platform is “Advancing Interest in STEM Education For Young Girls.”
Jullianna Niebbia, 17, from Warsaw Community High School, will have the platform of “Raising Awareness Of Existing Shelters in Our Community.” She will be playing the piano for her talent portion.
Stephanie Baughman, 18, from Whitko High School, has a platform of “Redefining the Millennial Generation’s Respect,” and she will be dancing for her talent portion.
Rosalie Garro, 18, from Wawasee High School, will be singing for her talent. Her platform is “Texting And Driving.”