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Miss Indiana Tiarra Taylor salutes Indiana State University on NBC telecast of Miss America finals

December 20, 2019

Miss Indiana Tiarra Taylor introduced herself as being “a proud Sycamore” from Indiana State University at the start of NBC’s live national telecast of the Miss America competition Thursday night, but she was not selected as one of the 15 finalists.

“A proud Sycamore from Indiana State University and a soon to be first-generation graduate, I am Tiarra Taylor, Miss Indiana,” she said.

There were 51 contestants, including the District of Columbia.

Taylor had previously thanked the university community for its overwhelming support, and that support continued Thursday.

“Tiarra is a special person to have been chosen to compete at Miss America,” Indiana State University president Deborah J. Curtis said. “I know how hard she worked for this. Tiarra has represented ISU with class and grace. We are so proud of her.”

Preliminaries at Miss America were Sunday and Monday. During the Talent competition, Taylor gave an emotional performance of the song “You Will Be Found.”

Her Social Impact Pitch was titled, “What Disadvantaged Youth Need Most.” She drew on her experiences working at a youth center in her hometown of New Albany, Ind.

Taylor is a senior — and first-generation college student — who will graduate in May with a Communication degree. She was a full-time student in the fall semester while preparing for Miss America and fulfilling the obligations of Miss Indiana.

Video of introduction

Media contact:

Mark Alesia, director of university communication

(O) 812-237-3837

(C) 812-229-8020

mark.alesia@indstate.edu

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Miss Indiana Tiarra Taylor introduced herself as being “a proud Sycamore” from Indiana State University at the start of NBC’s live national telecast of the Miss America competition Thursday night, but she was not selected as one of the 15 finalists.

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