Tiarra and Director

Current Miss Indiana Tiarra Taylor with Aren Straiger, director of the Miss Indiana Pageant

The current Miss Indiana, Indiana State’s Tiarra Taylor, has a big role to fill not only to represent the state of Indiana, but ISU as well. What is Taylor really like?

Emilee Hunt, an ISU alumni who has known Taylor for the past three years, competed with Taylor for Miss ISU and they have been the best of friends. Hunt even said that it is hard to

Emilee Hunt, an ISU alumni who has known Taylor for the past three years, competed with Taylor for Miss ISU and they have been the best of friends. Hunt even said that it is hard to explain how they became friends.

Hunt described Taylor as a “ball of joy” who has the biggest heart. She also men- tioned that Taylor is also selfless and a warm and inviting personality.

“She is very driven” when it comes to the goals Taylor wants to achieve, Hunt said.

Aren Straiger, the executive director of Miss Indiana, said that Taylor was funny, which was the best word to describe her. Straiger even explained how Taylor always plays jokes, recalling that Taylor follows a joke with “just kidding.”

Like Hunt, Straiger added that Taylor is driven, as well as down to earth.

Beth Burkle-Logue, the executive di- rector of Miss Crossroads and Miss Banks of the Wabash, said that she has watched Taylor “(evolve) into her sweet personal self.”

Burkle-Logue described Taylor as being the “sweetest thing ever.”

She also, said Burkle-Logue, is a bright light, a happy person with “faith that’s ex- ceptional.” Also Burkle-Logue said Taylor is always putting her best foot forward.

“I knew [that] one day she would be on the Miss America stage,” Burkle-Logue said, even mentioning it when she was talking about Taylor during the send-off reception that she knew after Taylor was finished singing during the Miss Indiana pageant.

During the send-off reception Logue mentioned that Taylor “loves her support system” and appreciates everyone who has given her the support through her journey as Miss Indiana.

Burkle-Logue also said even though Taylor was not of been one of the girls who held the title of Miss Crossroads or Miss Banks of the Wabash, she is accepted as one of her her girls because of watching her grow the last three years.

“Since the very beginning she has been one of our girls,” said Burkle-Logue.

Hadley Abram, Miss Indiana Teen 2019, said that it has been “a blast to be with” Taylor.

Abram mentioned that this is her first year in the Miss Indiana program but feels that Taylor is like a big sister to her. Es- pecially since Abram doesn’t have any sib- lings of her own. Abram described Taylor as being someone who is spunky but also laid back.

Abram mentioned that she and Taylor also had an instant connection from the moment they met, which happened to be as Taylor was crowned. Abram said the two didn’t meet before.

Leshaun Salmon, a recreation therapy major at ISU, said that Taylor is produc- tive, but also does a good job encourag- ing others. “(She) helps people no matter what.”

Salmon mentioned that Taylor was her mentor and said that Taylor “pushes peo- ple to do their work.”

Taylor is also a “fantastic friend,” said Salmon.