Morgan Jackson of Charlestown was crowned Miss Indiana 2015 and Audrey Ferguson of Evansville was crowned Miss Indiana’s Outstanding Teen Saturday night at the Zionsville High School Performing Arts Center.
Jackson, 21, competed as Miss Harvest Homecoming and is a student at the University of Louisville.
Morgan’s platform is “Project Impact: If not you, then who?” and her talent is lyrical ballet. She won preliminary awards for talent, lifestyle and fitness in swimsuit and interview. Morgan will serve as Miss Indiana for the next year and will represent Indiana at the Miss America Competition, in Atlantic City, NJ, in September of 2015.
First runner-up to Miss Indiana was Miss Collegiate North Rose McClimans, 22, of South Bend; 2nd runner-up was Miss South Bend Kathleen Raab, 24, of South Bend; 3rd runner-up was Miss Indiana University Lauren Mnayarji, 21, of Terre Haute and 4th runner-up was Miss Central Indiana, Gracie Lyons, 23, of Elkhart.
A record 35 young women between the ages of 17 and 24, from all over Indiana, competed this week in three preliminary nights of competition in talent, lifestyle and fitness in swimwear, evening wear and onstage question, and all had a ten-minute private interview with judges. From this, a Top 10 group of finalists was named at the beginning of Saturday’s competition.