[caption id="attachment_2789" align="aligncenter" width="243" caption="The Top 5 Teen Contestants"][/caption] Well, it is my favorite time of year - beauty pageant season.  Across America, gorgeous young women are putting on their prettiest gowns and crossing their fingers with anticipation of becoming the newest titleholder for their state. When I heard news that the Miss Indiana USA and Miss Teen Indiana USA pageants would be hosted here in Hamilton County for the second year in a row, and that I would be able to attend again, I was beyond thrilled.  So, on Sunday, two of us from the office (Kori/me)  headed to the Renaissance Hotel in Carmel to watch the girls compete in the final round.  We found our seats (side note - even the audience members are pretty!) and started leafing through the program. [caption id="attachment_2790" align="aligncenter" width="265" caption="The Top 5 Miss Indiana Contestants"][/caption] Right at 1:30, the show began and the stage was filled with contestants ready to win the crown.  After two hours of swim suits, evening gowns, eliminations and interviews (I hate speaking in public, I don't know how these girls do it so comfortably) - the winners were selected.  15-year-old Jessica Buch from Bedford, Indiana was crowned the Miss Teen Indiana USA 2011 and 19-year-old Jillian Wunderlich from Kokomo, Indiana was titled Miss Indiana USA 2011.  In a few months these girls will go on to compete in their national competitions - good luck to you both and CONGRATS! Already excited for the 2012 competition!