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Taniah Abernathy could be next Miss Indiana Princess

Wilbur Wright student Taniah Abernathy has advanced to the next level of the Miss Indiana Princess competition.

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com

Wilbur Wright Elementary School first grader Taniah Abernathy has made it to the Top 30 in the Miss Indiana Princess competition.

Taniah, 6, attends D.I.V.E. at FourSquare Church and helps other Wilbur Wright students in the special needs room.

Taniah has never participated in a pageant before. Her mom, Aria Hawk, felt more comfortable about the idea after researching and finding that the Indiana Miss pageant is a “makeup-free” competition.

“They are really looking at personality and inner beauty. Stuff like that,” Hawk said.

Hawk is excited to see what opportunities the pageant can open up for Taniah and hopes her daughter will get a lot out of the experience.

“I hope it will build her confidence and that she’ll make New Castle proud,” Hawk said. “I just want her to know to always believed in herself.”

Hawk said 2,500 girls applied for the 4-6 year old Miss Indiana Princess pageant. Part of that process included a photo shoot and a one-on-one interview.

As a Top 30 competitor, Taniah will now take mini-workshops to teach her how about the skills to be successful at thepageant.

She also needs to complete a certain number of community service hours and get local business sponsorships.

Hawk said Taniah’s sponsors already include Oak Motors, Aria’s Nail Glam and A&R Garage Door. They hope for more to come, but appreciate any encouragement and support from the community.

Contact Aria Hawk at 765-524-6308 if interested in helping with sponsorships or community service ideas.