Miss Vincennes University
Scholarship Program 2016 Will Akins, Master of Ceremonies Kearston Anderson, Miss Vincennes University 2015
“You Can’t Stop the Beat” Miss VU Semi-Finalists
Will & Kearston
Swimsuit Competition Miss VU Semi-Finalists
Miss VU Semi-Finalists
INTERMISSION “When You Wish Upon a Star”
Celebrating 50 Years of Miss VU Forever Miss VUs
“We Could Be Heroes” Kearston & the Princesses
Evening Wear Competition
Miss VU Semi-Finalists
Announcement of Runners-Up Coronation
Miss Vincennes University 2016
Being crowned Miss Vincennes University 2015 has been one of the best things to ever happen to me. I always describe this title as a blessing, simply because there is no better word to describe it. I feel completely humbled and honored to have been able to represent my campus throughout the community and at the state level at Miss Indiana. I never would have been able to have this incredible year of service if it wasn’t for my wonderful support system! Dr. Richard Helton and President Johnson- I am beyond grateful to have been able to grow close to two incredible VU Presidents! You both have made me feel so welcomed and like I am a part of a family. Thank you for being the best presidents anyone could ask for! April Raggo and SGA- thank you for supplying me with the cutest Vera Bradley bags for Miss Indiana, for donating jump ropes for me to use for my platform, for always making sure I’m included in campus events, and for all of the help, support, and friendship you’ve supplied for me along the way. Duane Chattin and Dave Fisher- thank you for taking so many beautiful pictures of me during my year. They are pictures that I will always keep and cherish! Amber Nixon- thank you for helping me get creative with my queen pictures, for always being there to talk to, for so many inside jokes, for laughs, for venting sessions, for giving me a hard time and vice versa, and for being an incredible friend! You helped keep me sane when I was stressed, and always made me forget everything and just laugh. Thank you for being you! Miss Indiana Board and the Miss Indiana Class of 2015- I can never thank you all enough for welcoming me with open arms and open hearts and helping me during my journey. You all are incredible women that I know I will be friends with for a lifetime. Thank you for some of the best memories of my life! Brenda, Jan and Cindy- I have no idea where I would be without the three of you. You have all helped me through so much and led me through an incredible year! Thank you all so much! To ALL of my friends and the VU Theatre Department- you all have been there for me from the very beginning. I can never express how much you all mean to me, and how grateful I am to have you all in my life. I love you all so much! Kyle- I know I have never been the easiest person to handle, but you have always been by my side through thick and thin. You helped me pack for Miss Indiana, held my sign and drove a car for me in parades, went to every single night of prelims and the finals of Miss Indiana, and have listened to me blab on and on about different events I’ve attended. Thank you times a million for all of your love and support. You truly are the best! Mema and Papa, Mom, Jeff and Briston, and the rest of my wonderful family- I love you all so much and will never be able to thank you enough for all of the support you have given me. Mema and Papa, thank you for always letting me vent to you, giving me words of wisdom, and loving me unconditionally. Mom and Jeff, thank you for never leaving my side, always being there to pick up the pieces, loving me through everything, and driving through horrendous storms to come watch me during Miss Indiana week. Briston, thank you for being the best big sister a girl could ask for, for always being an incredible role model, and for never being afraid to tell me if I look bad. Thank you all so much for continually telling me to follow my dreams and be the star I was born to be. You all mean the world to me and I love you all so much!!
Miss Vincennes University 2015
Miss VU Princesses 2016 Kinley Andrews, age 4 daughter of Nathan & Jennifer Andrews
Olivia Lange, age 5 daughter of Jonathan & Christina Lange
Hope Ault, age 4 daughter of Matt & Shawna Ault
Maxi Belle Kirkwood, age 5 daughter of Tyler & Savannah Kirkwood
Alexis Bailey, age 6 daughter of Chris & Tiffanie Bailey
Ella McCormick, age 6 daughter of Will & Brittney McCormick
Maggie Boger, age 6 daughter of Cody & Tessa Boger
Jaylynn McDaniel, age 6 daughter of Josh & Marianne McDaniel
Addison Chattin, age 7 daughter of Ryan & Sarah Chattin
Trinity Merydith, age 8 daughter of Phillip & Jessie Merydith
Juleanne Clark, age 4 daughter of Ryan & Breanne Clark
Brynley Millspaugh, age 6 daughter of Joe & Megan Millspaugh
Kaylyn Dreiman, age 9 daughter of Benjamin Dreiman & Kacy Phillips
Jayda Millspaugh, age 10 daughter of Joe & Megan Millspaugh
Maycie Dreiman, age 7 daughter of Benjamin Dreiman & Kacy Phillips
Kyndall Quarterman, age 8 daughter of Bryan & Shelby Quarterman
Claudia Ellerman, age 6 daughter of Tim Ellerman and Amanda Knoy Ellerman
Ava Seals, age 6 daughter of Christopher & Melissa Seals
Danielle Elliott, age 10 daughter of Chad & Danielle Elliott
Brielle Seals, age 4 daughter of Christopher & Melissa Seals
Mallory Froeschke, age 9 daughter of Mike and Rachelle Froeschke
Delaney Stafford, age 4 daughter of Josh & Christy Stafford
Adelynn Lange, age 7 daughter of Jonathan & Christina Lange
Kearston Anderson Miss VU 2015
Miss Vincennes University
CONTESTANTS Tailon is a Homeland Security major at Vincennes University and is involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She hopes to become a Marine Corps Intelligence Analyst. Tailon graduated from North Daviess High School where she participated in softball and the National Beta Club. She will be performing a hip hop dance routine to â€œBoss.â€? Tailon has two siblings and is the daughter of Mark and Amy Graber of Montgomery, Ind.
Iailon Graber Step Up and Believe
Haley graduated from North High School in Evansville, Ind. where she was active in cheerleading, musicals, Concert Choir and the North Militia. Currently, she is an Environmental Science and Geography major at Vincennes University and hopes to go into broadcast meteorology. At VU Haley is also on the cheerleading team. For the talent part of the competition she will be performing vocally to “Brave” by Sara Bareilles. Haley has one sister and is the daughter of Mike and Connie Sulawske of Evansville, Ind.
Haley Sulawske Stay True to You
Miranda graduated from Red Hill High School in Illinois. where she was involved with dance, pep band, and concert band. At Vincennes University she is a surgical technology major and has been active with the VU Blazerettes dance team. For her talent presentation she will be performing a dance to David Guetta’s “Dangerous.” Miranda has one brother and one sister and is the daughter of Jim and Jill Dunahee of Bridgeport, Ill.
Julia graduated from Mitchell High School where she was involved in high school musicals and served as a Special Olympics volunteer. Currently, she is a social work major at Vincennes University and participates in the social work club where she is the club’s chairperson for the March of Dimes. Julia will be singing one of Lauren Daigle’s songs entitled, “How Can It Be?” for her talent presentation. She has two sisters and is the daughter of John Heatherly and Mary Frye of Bedford, Ind.
Julia Heatherly March of Dimes
Bonnie graduated from Vincennes Rivet High School where she was active in tennis and music. Currently, she is an Audio Recording major at Vincennes University and is on the Dean’s List. Bonnie’s future plans include obtaining a degree in music therapy and helping veterans with her music therapy. For her talent presentation she will play the guitar and sing, “Me and Bobby McGee.” Bonnie has an older sister and brother and is the daughter of Clay and Julie Hinkle of Monroe City, Indiana.
Bonnie Hinkle Musical Therapy for Veterans
Shawna is an Earth Science Secondary Education major at Vincennes University where she is involved in the Earth Science Club, Student Government, and Beta Xi Omega sorority. She graduated from South Knox High School and was active in choir, Spanish club, soccer, and track. In memory of her grandpa, Shawna will be singing, “How Great Thou Art” for her talent presentation. Shawna has two sisters and is the daughter of Jerry Foster of Bridgeport, Ill and Cynthia Foster of Vincennes.
Shawna Foster Recycling for a Greener Environment
Kalita is a Culinary Arts and Business Management major at Vincennes University with the dream of opening her own bakery. She was homeschooled and has been very involved in her church with youth groups and volunteering with the food pantry. Kalita will sing Mandisa’s “Born for This” for her talent presentation. She has two brothers and is the daughter of Rodney and Kristie Carie of Vincennes.
Kalita Carie Speak Up; Speak Out
Annalise is a Chemical Science major at Vincennes University and is active in Chemistry Club, musical theater, and is employed at the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center. She hopes to become a doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Annalise graduated from Vincennes Lincoln High School and was involved with musical theater, Student Council, National Honor Society, Praise Band and Jazz Band as a vocalist, and choir. For talent she will be singing, “Never Say Goodbye.” Annalise has three sisters and one brother and is the daughter of Dan and Lisa Miller of Vincennes.
Annalise Miller BFAS: Best Friends Animal Society
Kenadi, a Fashion Merchandising major at Vincennes University, received the VU Presidential Scholarship for two years and is on the Dean’s List. She graduated from Sullivan High School where she was active in dance team, the National Honor Society and graduated in the top ten percent of her class. She will dance to “Fight Song” for her talent presentation. She has two brothers and is the daughter of Paul and Deborah Ader of Sullivan, Ind.
Kenadi Ader 4-H: Head, Heart, Hands, and Health
Ashley graduated from Tipton High School in Tipton, Ind. where she participated in show choir. Her outside interests include the Church Bus Ministry, Children’s Church, mission trips, camp volunteer and helping with Vacation Bible School. Ashley is a music theater major with a minor in costume construction. She is singing “Wishing You Were Here Again” from Les Miserables for her talent presentation. Her parents are David Boruff and Melissa Young.
Ashley Boruff Mission Work
About Miss Vincennes University The young woman who is chosen as Miss Vincennes University becomes an official representative and hostess for the campus. She is called upon by the administration, alumni and others to greet important visitors to campus and to welcome guests and/or perform at many campus events. Local, state and national Miss America pageants award more than $45 million in scholarships annually. The awards made to Miss VU, the runner-ups, and the semi-finalists include: Miss Vincennes University: • Full-tuition scholarship to VU • Official Miss America Preliminary crown and pin • Expenses paid for the Miss Indiana Pageant to be held June 12-18 in Zionsville • Musical arrangement and talent costume for competition in the Miss Indiana Pageant First Runner-Up: One-half tuition scholarship Second Runner-Up: $500 VU scholarship Third Runner-Up: $400 VU scholarships Fourth Runner-Up: $300 VU scholarship Community Service Scholarship: $200
Scoring: After many years of research in judging young women in competition for scholarship awards, the Miss America Pageant officials have adopted a system of scoring which allows each contestant to be judged on her own merit, not in competition with others. Each contestant receives a score in a 10-point range in each of five areas of competition. The Miss VU competitions and their weighted score values are: Interview, 25%: Private interviews are held prior to the on-stage competition and give judges an opportunity to learn as much as possible about the contestant--her qualitites and attributes, her commitment to advance her platform issue as a role model, and her ability to express and distinguish her beliefs. Talent, 35%: This portion offers the judges insight into the contestant’s preparatory and performance skills, acknowledging the quality of the performance, the technical skill level, and stage presence. Evening Wear, 20%: This phase of competition is designed for the judge to assess the contestant’s beauty, poise, grace, and commanding stage presence. The contestant’s total look is considered. Her evening wear (not its value) should complement the contestant’s individualtiy. Swimsuit, 15%: The lifestyle and fitness in the swisuit phase of competition is designed to see how well the contestant maintains a lifestyle of good physical fitness, whether she meets the public expectations of a titleholder, and whether she has the confidence necessary to be a titleholder. The contestant’s drive, energy, and presence are likewise considered. On-Stage Question, 5%: Scoring is based on the contestant’s ability to articulate her opinions and a sincere, engaging personality. Stage presence and confidence are also considered.
Scoring Grid Use this grid to score each phase of competition. Note: Interviews were conducted earlier this day. Miss VU Semi-Finalists (in order of appearance)
Tailon Graber Dance: “Boss”
Haley Sulawske Vocal: “Brave”
Vocal: “How Can It Be?”
Guitar & Vocal Solo: “Me and Bobby McGee”
Vocal: “How Great Thou Art”
Vocal: “Born for This”
Vocal: “Never Say Goodbye”
Dance: “Fight Song”
Vocal: “Wishing You Were Here Again”
Evening Wear 1-20 pts
On-Stage Question 1-5 pts
YOUR TOTAL SCORE
Looking Back... Celebrating 50 Years of Miss
Over the course of its 50-year history, the Miss Vincennes University Scholarship Pageant has awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships to its participants and winners. We are pleased to have been able to help these young women achieve their academic goals. Vincennes University salutes all Miss VUs and takes pride in their accomplishments. Miss Vincennes University is the longest consecutively running pageant in the state and we look forward to assisting future Miss VU contestants.
1960 1967 Sharon Grannon Vincennes, Ind.
1968 Jan Lannerd Indianapolis, Ind.
1969 Jan Thompson Vallonia, Ind.
1970 1970 Sharon Young Noblesville, Ind.
1971 Penny Tichenor Owensville, Ind. Miss Indiana 1973
1972 Cheryl Althoff Vincennes, Ind.
1973 Andrea McCall Plainville, Ind.
1974 Terri Kaufman Brownsburg, Ind.
1975 Deborah Craft Lawrenceville, Ill.
1976 Deborah Brooks Vincennes, Ind.
1977 Susan Hudson Vincennes, Ind.
1978 Beth Robinette Bloomfield, Ind.
1979 Sherry Biddinger Washington, Ind.
Miss VU 1972 Cheryl Althoff Thorne Vincennes, Ind.
Miss VU 1976 Deborah Brooks Wood Vincennes, Ind.
Cheryl is living life to the fullest these days. After retiring from teaching at South Knox Elementary after 40 years in 2014, she spends her time doing the things she loves: traveling, shopping, and spending time with her family. She has four children: BJ, Tanner, Jeremy, and Tayler. She is also blessed with five grandchildren. She also can be found spending a couple days a week at the family business, Thorne Auto Sales, located in Vincennes. Cheryl wants to wish good luck tonight to the future Miss VU. “You will be blessed to wear the title of this great university!”
Deborah resides in Carmel, Ind., where she is the founder and CEO of DWA, the parent company of Avant Healthcare and Forefront Collaborative. Deborah is recognized as a leader in the healthcare industry, and has won many awards for her influence and inspiration in healthcare. Deborah serves as a board member for multiple distinguished organizations. Deborah’s husband of 32 years, Willie, directs community theatre in the Indianapolis area. They are blessed with 2 children, Miranda Armie and Chris Wood, a wonderful son-in-law, Sean Armie, and 2 beautiful granddaughters, Nora (2 yrs old) and Alice (6 weeks old).
Miss VU 1979 Sherry Biddinger Gregg Gilmore Vincennes, Ind.
Miss VU 1977 Susan Hudson Coulter Vincennes, Ind. Susan resides in League City, Texas with her husband and three children. She is the Executive Director at Houston Methodist Hospital Foundation and Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Houston Methodist in Houston, Texas. Susan began her role at Methodist in 2010 after three years at the University of Texas-Health Science Center, and ten years prior to that at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Prior to her time with the UT System, Susan garnered over 14 years of experience in other high education institutions including Indiana University, University of Houston and Colorado State. Susan received an Associate of Science degree from Vincennes University, and received her Juris Doctor, Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees from Indiana University.
The Honorable Sherry B. Gregg Gilmore was Miss Vincennes University 1979. After VU she continued her academic pursuits at the University of Evansville (B.S. Degree), Indiana University School of Law (Juris Doctor), Indiana Graduate School for Judges (Certificate) and the Indiana Judicial College (Certificate and Masters Certificate). Her professional career includes serving as a law clerk, being a partner at Rowe, Gregg, Hawkings & Hawkings in Jasonville, Ind., visiting and resident Assistant Professor at Indiana State University and Executive Assistant to the President and General Counsel at ISU. Since 1999, she has presided over the Knox County Circuit Court in Vincennes. She is involved in several personal organizations, boards, and committees as well as civic associations. Her memberships include the American Judges Association, Indiana State Judges Association, Knox County and Indiana State Bar Associations, Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity, Mariah Creek Christian Church, and Indiana State Assembly Women’s Club. She continues to be involved with her alma mater through the VU Alumni Association and the Advisory Committee for the VU Paralegal Program. Sherry is married to Donald R. Gilmore, Jr. and has four sons, John Blackwood Gregg, Hunter Wallace Gregg, Donald R. Gilmore III, and Tyler G. Gilmore.
1980 1980 Mary Richardville Vincennes, Ind.
1982 Kathryn Jorgensen Knoxville, Tenn.
1983 Elizabeth Whitesell Vincenes, Ind.
1985 Melissa Van Meter Sullivan, Ind.
1987 Deborah Goldman Danville, Ind.
1981 Terri Blice Vincennes, Ind.
1984 Kelly Daniels Indianapolis, Ind.
1986 Diana Steckler Vincennes, Ind. Miss Massachusetts 1988
1988 Tanya Kiener Vincennes, Ind.
1989 Regina McCord Lawrenceville, Ill.
Miss VU 1980 Mary Louise Richardville Vincennes, Ind.
Mary graduated from Vincennes University with an Associate Degree in Arts in Music. She married Scott Swartz, and they now own and operate Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center in Franklin, Ind. Mary also serves on many civic and community organizations and events in her area. She is serving on the Board of the Greenwood Greater Arts Council, Indiana Masonic Home, Franklin United Methodist Community, and she regularly participates in a local singing group called the “Voices.”
Miss VU 1981 Terri Blice Jongekrijg Vincennes, Ind. Terri received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in education from ISU and taught elementary school in the Vincennes community schools for several years. After moving to Lafayette, Ind., Terri worked as a graduate teaching assistant in the Center for Instructional Services at Purdue as she earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. She currently teaches Instructional Design and Assessment as a member of the faculty at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich. She married Johan in 1987 and they have three children all in college: Taylor, 23, Annelise, 21, and Adam, 18. Terri also enjoys her two year old grandson, Arie. Her hobbies are singing in the choir, playing handbells and attending her childrens’ sports and musical events.
Miss VU 1986 Diana Steckler Sacino Vincennes, Ind.
Miss VU 1989 Regina McCord Fithian Lawrenceville, Ill.
Diana went on to earn her BFA from Boston Conservatory after attending VU. She worked for many years as a professional actress in NYC. One of her most memorable performances was singing for the funeral of John F. Kennedy Jr. Four years ago she moved back to Indiana with her 3 girls, settling in Zionsville. She has since performed at Beef and Boards, Civic Theatre, as well as several regional commercials, including one for VU. Her hobbies include gourmet cooking and tennis. She leads in her church worship team and co-leads the children’s worship. A year ago she began working full-time at RCI, a vacation exchange company in Indy.
After graduating VU, Regina went on to work in the Admissions and Financial Aid offices. She left VU for a time, but returned in 2004 as the Student Development Coordinator in the Student Activities Office. Vincennes University has now become a family affair. Regina and her husband Jason, who is also an alumi, both work at VU. Regina is currently the Director of Human Resources; Jason is an instructor and the Department Chair for the Architectural Studies Program. Their children, Matthew and Paris, both participate in the Early College program at Vincennes Lincoln High School, and her youngest son, Ozzy, isn’t far behind.
1990 1990 Laura Day Vincennes, Ind.
1991 Shani Nielsen New Albany, Ind. Miss Indiana 1996
1993 Jennifer Byrd Corydon, Ind.
1995 Melanie Hope Moran Vincennes, Ind.
1997 Julianne Hackney Vincennes, Ind. Miss Indiana 1998
1992 Melinda Laue Vincennes, Ind.
1994 Susanne Hackney Vincennes, Ind.
1996 Tonya Bettis Ellettsville, Ind.
1998 Erica Layton Columbus, Ind.
1999 Melissa Jo Cary Vincennes, Ind.
Miss VU 1997 Julianne Hackney Vincennes, Ind.
Julianne was Miss VU in 1997 and Miss Indiana in 1998 as well as a top ten finalist at Miss America. Julianne majored in Behavioral Sciences at VU and graduated from the University of Indianapolis with a dual degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice in 2001. She has worked for more than ten years as the Project Director at Indiana Teen Institute, a statewide Youth Leadership Program and also serves as Agency Administrator for Blonde Entertainment. She currently sings with a band, The Impalas, and leads worship at Grace Church in Noblesville. Julianne lives in Pendleton, Ind. with her husband, two boys, Kirby and Jared, and 2 year old daughter, Ivy. Fun fact: Julianne and her sister (Susanne Renshaw, Miss VU 1994) are the first sisters to both hold the title of Miss VU.
Miss VU 1998 Erica Layton Jenkins Columbus, Ind.
Erica is thrilled to be back in Vincennes to celebrate this outstanding program! After studying Musical Theatre at VU, Erica moved to Chicago and began performing professionally for the following five years, ending with the Broadway show, ‘Cats.’ Then in 2003, Erica opened her own performing arts studio, ‘Elite Performance’ where she taught all styles of dance, voice, and theatre to girls ages 3-18. She now resides in Carmel, Ind. with her husband Grant, and their two sons, Layton (4) and Liam (2).
Miss VU 1999 Melissa Cary Sandullo Vincennes, IN
After being crowned, Melissa was the First Runner-Up to Miss Indiana in 2000. She earned her AS Degree in Music Performance at Vincennes University, then her BA degree in Music Performance at Anderson University. She then spent a number of years as a professional singer/songwriter and studio artist. Melissa worked as a background singer in various studio recordings and for a reggae band called Bahama Llama. She also worked for 12 years in music ministry and youth ministry. Residing in Princeton, Ill., Melissa now continues to volunteer for church music and youth programs as well as running a successful skincare and anti aging business from home through Nerium International with her husband Evan.Together they have three children: Kyran, Adia and Declan.
2000 2000 Michelle Lynn Wilson Vincennes, Ind.
2001 Amanda Brooke Knoy Vincennes, Ind.
2002 Amanda Diane Theriac Mooresville, Ind.
2003 Terra Renee Johnson Mitchell, Ind.
2004 Breanne Small Vincennes, Ind.
2005 Haley Marie Smith Vincennes, Ind.
2015 Kearston Anderson Vincennes, Ind.
2006 Jenna Lea Summers Bicknell, Ind.
2007 Brittany Nicole Smith Vincennes, Ind.
2008 Maggi Elizabeth Stephens Vincennes, Ind.
2009 Lara Murray Vincennes, Ind.
2010 Katie Donnar Vincennes, Ind.
2011 Alexia Brower Vincennes, Ind.
2012 Chelsea Thompson Vincennes, Ind.
2013 Laura Merida Georgetown, Ind.
2014 Hanna Swan Vincennes, Ind.
Miss VU 2001 Amanda Knoy Ellerman Vincennes, Ind. Since serving as Miss VU 2001, Ms. Knoy Ellerman established a career as a nurse specializing in emergency and family medicine. As of late she has decided to return to Vincennes University in pursuit of a Music Therapy degree and Music Education. Alongside her studies, she collaborates with other local musicians in performance of varying settings. She currently resides in Vincennes Ind., with her 3 wonderful children, Claudia, Kainan, and Clara.
Miss VU 2004 Breanne Small Clark Vincennes, Ind.
Miss VU 2009 Lara Murray Vincennes, Ind.
Breanne currently resides in Vincennes with her husband, Ryan, and son and daughter, Jude, 6 and Juleanne 4. Breanne is a stay at home mom and an online early childhood college professor. Breanne received her Master of Science in Early Childhood Education in 2013 and is currently writing her dissertation for her Doctorate of Education in Reading and Literacy. Breanne is also working towards publishing her first article on “Administration and Enhancing Parent Relationships” for Kaplan University. Breanne is actively involved in her church and enjoys watching her children participate in their various sports and dance activities.
Lara majored in Electrical Engineering while she was at VU and she graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Masters in Architecture in 2014. She recently got engaged to Brett Dawson and was offered a job with a local architecture firm. She feels like her best experience as Miss VU was being asked to be a spokesperson in the fight against suicide by the Vincennes Fire Department. They funded her attendance at a class to become certified in teaching others about suicide prevention. Lara traveled to elementary, middle, and high schools to teach students and teachers how to recognize suicide warning signs in others and how to reach out to those in need.
Miss VU 2010 Katie Donnar Vincennes, Ind.
Miss VU 2012 Chelsea Thompson Holscher Vincennes, Ind.
Katie graduated with an Associate of Science degree from Vincennes University in 2010 then transferred to IUPUI, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Public Relations in the Class of 2013. Katie has been a copywriter, a lobbyist for the American Academy of Dermatologists, and since Spring 2014, a member of the INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway Communications team, for which she travels full-time across the United States and Canada to engage with media on behalf of the Verizon IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500. Katie lives in Indianapolis and enjoys rock climbing, running, and adventuring in her spare time, most recently to Costa Rica and Iceland.
Chelsea graduated from VU with an associates degree in Surgical Technology and an associates degree in Office Administration. Chelsea is very excited for the 50th anniversary on Nov. 14! She feels that being Miss VU has changed her life in so many ways and she can’t wait to see the next Miss VU have the same experiences that she did.
Judging Panel Grant Jenkins Danville, Ind. Grant is the founder and President of eCeptacle. The company is getting ready to reveal its first product, which is Grant’s invention, ‘The Power Bin.’ Before he decided to spread his wings in the entrepreneurial technology field, his background was in finance with Merrill Lynch and JP Morgan Chase. He also owns a catering business, ‘Noah Grants Catering.’ He is a graduate of DePauw University. Grant has always been passionate about community service. He is a board member for The Damar Organization in Indianapolis and has also served on the board of The Humane Society. He grew up on a farm in Danville, Ind. He now resides in Carmel, with his wife, and former Miss VU, Erica Layton Jenkins, and their two sons, Layton (4) and Liam (2).
Terri Blice Jongekrijg Miss VU 1981, Rochester, Mich. Terri received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in education from ISU and taught elementary school in the Vincennes community schools for several years. After moving to Lafayette, Ind., Terri worked as a graduate teaching assistant in the Center for Instructional Services at Purdue as she earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. She currently teaches Instructional Design and Assessment as a member of the faculty at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich. She married Johan in 1987 and they have three children. Taylor, 23, Annelise, 21, Adam, 18, and they are all currently attending colleges. Terri also enjoys her two year old grandson, Arie. Her hobbies are singing in the choir, playing handbells and attending her childrens’ sports and musical events.
Brett Eaton Vincennes, Ind. Brett Eaton, a Vincennes native, graduated from the University of Illinois with a BFA in Art History and a BFA in Studio Painting. While at Illinois, Brett danced with Legend Dance Company. She has over 20 years of dance experience and is certified through the Southern Association of Dance Masters. Brett is also certified through Yoga Alliance as a 200 HR Registered Yoga Teacher. Brett currently works as an artist, teaches dance and yoga, and coaches the Lincoln Dance Team.
Susan Hudson Coulter Miss VU 1977, Vincennes, Ind. Susan resides in League City, Texas with her husband and three children. She is the Executive Director at Houston Methodist Hospital Foundation and Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Houston Methodist in Houston, Texas. Susan began her role at Methodist in 2010 after three years at the University of Texas-Health Science Center, and ten years prior to that at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Prior to her time with the UT System, Susan garnered over 14 years of experience in other high education institutions including Indiana University, University of Houston and Colorado State. Susan received an Associate of Science degree from Vincennes University, and received her Juris Doctor, Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees from Indiana University.
Michelle Wilson Cunningham Miss VU 2000, New Albany, Ind.
Miss Vincennes University Scholarship Program 2016 Executive Directors Brenda Thompson, Jan Henry
Technical Directors Debra Fisher Dick Woods
Director of Events Cindy Beaman
Auditors Margie Case Andrea Tscherter Kris Kitzinger
Photography & Program Amber Nixon
Choreography Debra Fisher
Judgesâ€™ Chair Regina McCord
RSPAC Manager DeEtta Welte
Backstage Jerri Johanningsmeier
The Miss VU live production would not be possible without the talent of the following students:
Asst. Stage Manager Elizabeth Ruppel
Dachelle Banks Ashley Boruff Illyanna Coy Destiny Dossett
Sound Engineer Andrew Beckman
Stage Manager Zach Funk
Set Construction Crew Meaghan Hall-Kilgore Maria Hauptstueck Tresuan Hernley Carl Johantges
Light Board Operator Jorrin Nolan
Gabrielle Joines LInde Morrison Jordan Southwood Treâ€™Vaun Turentine
Children’s Miracle Network The Miss America Organization has been a partner of the Children’s Miracle Network for the past 20 years and they have created a national platform for all titleholders and contestants of the Miss America Organization. Both organizations share in a commitment to raise awareness and funds for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals across the country. This partnership will create the following opportunities for future contestants and Miss America titleholders: • Miss America will act as a goodwill ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network throughout her year of service. • Miss America contestants at all levels will raise money and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network and the Miss America Scholarship Program. • Children’s Miracle Networks will be the national platform for the Miss America Organization. • The tradition of the personal platform will continue and contestant and titleholders will continue to raise awareness for their chosen advocacy cause.
Riley Children’s Hospital
Riley Children’s Hospital is the only Children’s Miracle Network hospital in the state of Indiana.
Special thanks are extended to Rotary of Vincennes for their donation to all of the contestants for the Children’s Miracle Network.