Miss Huntington to be crowned on Saturday, March 22


Miss Huntington candidates for 2014 are (from left) Rachel Batdorff, Sydney Enyeart, Alli Harris, Karlee Mawhorter, Haley Richman and Carrie Shank. Photos provided.

Miss Huntington 2014 will be crowned on Saturday, March 22.

The Miss Huntington Scholarship Pageant, sponsored for the 48th year by the Huntington County Optimist Club, will be held at The New Huntington Theatre in downtown Huntington. Tickets will be available at the door.

The field of contestants includes six young women who either live, work or go to school in Huntington, Wabash, Whitley, Adams or Wells counties. The winner will be crowned by Sara Alford, Miss Huntington 2013.

They are:

• Rachel Batdorff, 23, of Bluffton.

Batdorff graduated from Huntington University and is currently studying for a master's degree in public relations at Ball State University. Her career plans include becoming a published writer and working in the public relations field.

Batdorff is the daughter of Dave and Susan Batdorff. During the pageant, she plans to perform a lyrical dance to the song "Let It Go."

• Sydney Enyeart, 18, of Roann.

Enyeart, a graduate of Wabash High School, is a student at Butler University pursuing a degree in pharmacy. She would like to work as a compounding pharmacist.
Enyeart is the daughter of Carol and Blake Enyeart. During the pageant, she plans to perform a piano solo titled "A Thousand Years."

• Alli Harris, 23, of Huntington.

Harris earned her undergraduate degree from Purdue University, where she is currently pursuing a master's degree in youth development agricultural education. She plans to work with the 4-H program as a county Extension leader.

Harris is the daughter of Kenneth and Beverly Harris. Her talent presentation during the pageant will be a vocal number, "Almost There."

• Karlee Mawhorter, 20, of Columbia City.

Mawhorter is a sophomore at Ball State University working toward a degree in speech and language pathology. Her goal is to work with speech students in elementary schools.

Mawhorter is the daughter of Michael and Rita Mawhorter. During the pageant, she plans to perform a vocal selection titled "Turning Tables."

• Haley Richman, 20, of Roanoke.

Richman is a sophomore at Indiana-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, majoring in art education. She hopes to work as an elementary school art teacher.

Richman is the daughter of Mark and Amy Richman. During the pageant, she plans to perform a jump rope routine.

• Carrie Shank, 20, of Elkhart.

Shank is studying for a Bachelor of Arts at Manchester University, where she is a sophomore. She would like to become a high school orchestra teacher.

Shank is the daughter of Larry and Sonia Shank. During the pageant, she plans to perform "Untitled Work Composed by Chris Hartman" on the viola.

Enyeart, Mawhorter and Harris also competed in the 2013 pageant, with Harris named first runner-up.

In addition to the talent presentations, the six Miss Huntington contestants will participate in swimsuit and evening wear competitions and answer on-stage questions.
The newly crowned Miss Huntington will compete in the Miss Indiana pageant, to be held in Zionsville in June.
The Miss Huntington program is part of the Miss America organization, which is the largest contributor of scholarship dollars to young women in the United States.
Ruth Marsh and Sandy Stephan are co-directors for the Miss Huntington Scholarship Program.