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Miss Indiana to lead ISU Homecoming parade

October 3, 2019

Indiana State University will enjoy a touch of royalty when Miss Indiana Tiarra Taylor leads the 2019 Blue and White Homecoming Parade on Oct. 12.

"I absolutely cannot wait to interact with the community," Taylor said. "I am especially excited to see the young people in attendance, because that's where my passion lies."

The Homecoming parade will begin at 9 a.m. at Ninth and Cherry streets in downtown Terre Haute. The parade will run west on Wabash Avenue to Fifth Street and will end at the intersection of Fifth and Chestnut streets.

"ISU's Homecoming is a time for old and new Sycamores to come together and enjoy fellowship around being a part of ISU -- the GREATEST university in the state!" she said.

Taylor, who also is a two-time Miss Indiana State University and Miss Harvest Homecoming queen, will represent the state at the Miss America competition in December. Her talent is vocal performance.

"These past four months as Miss Indiana have been two words: 'busy' and 'fun.' I have done a lot of traveling already, attending events and volunteering," Taylor said.

Taylor, '20, a communication major from New Albany, is only the second Miss Indiana State University to become Miss Indiana. The other was Terre Haute native Kathleen Burke in 1961.

One of her favorite moments so far as Miss Indiana was attending the Circle City Classic Coronation for high school girls. The event promotes academic achievement, community service and leadership. "The love I was shown by those there was unmatched, and it was so cool to get to meet the young women there," she said.

The role of mentor is one Taylor enthusiastically embraces, as her social impact initiative is "Bringing advantages to disadvantaged youth."

"I was a disadvantaged youth. Growing up in a low-income household and being a minority, there were many barriers stacked against me. However, I persevered and overcame those obstacles," Taylor said. "I want other young people to know that they are capable of doing the same, despite their circumstance."

The Sycamores face Western Illinois University at 1 p.m. Oct. 12 in the Homecoming game.

After Homecoming, Sycamores are invited to participate in the university's first annual Homecleaning event 1-3 p.m. Sunday. Trash bags and gloves will be provided for volunteers to clean up Wabash Avenue from campus to the ISU stadium.

For more information about Homecoming, including a complete list of events, parade map and tailgating rules, go to


Photos: -- Miss Indiana Tiarra Taylor, '20, of New Albany is a communication major at Indiana State University. -- Tiarra Taylor reacts after winning the 2019 Miss Indiana title.

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Mark Alesia, Director of University Communication(O) 812-237-3837(C)

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