Miss Vincennes University 2014 crowned Friday night

Hannah Swan. Picture courtesy of Vincennes University.
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A Vincennes University student has made the first step toward the title of Miss Indiana, after being crowned in her college pageant Friday night. 

Hannah Swan was selected Miss Vincennes University 2014 at Vincennes University's Red Skelton Performing Arts Center. She also was named the recipient of the Rotary Community Service Award.

Swan is a graduate of Vincennes Lincoln High School where she was an academic honors diploma recipient and National Honors Society member. At VU she is the recipient of the Oscar L. Dunn Memorial Scholarship and the Blue and Gold Scholarship. She is majoring in Public Relations.

For her talent presentation she sang and played the guitar to Norah Jones' "Don't Know Why." Her platform supports the program Kids Equipped to Achieve (KETA).

First runner-up was Jackie Bell, Seymour, a Family and Consumer Science major. Bell graduated from Trinity Lutheran High School in Seymour where she was involved in FFA and served as a student ambassador and an elementary assistant volleyball coach and cheerleading coach.

Second runner-up was Skylar Saxton, Lafayette, a Homeland Security major who earned the best presenter award in the program's Community Academy. Saxton is a graduate of William Henry Harrison High School in Lafayette where she was a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and Alpha Beta Gamma Honor Society.

Third runner-up was Amanda Freel from Reading, Ohio. She is a Pre-Pharmacy major and the recipient of multiple scholarships. She graduated from Reading High School in Reading, Ohio, where she was on the honor roll and was a varsity basketball, volleyball, and soccer player.

Fourth runner-up was Madalyn Wilson, Boonville, a Graphic Design major. Wilson is a graduate of Boonville High School where she was involved with the band and choir, earning gold placements in her ensembles at the state level. She was also in three plays and three musicals.

This was the 47th Miss Vincennes University Scholarship Pageant. It is Indiana's longest consecutively running pageant and the only televised pageant in the state.

The pageant is a preliminary step toward the Miss Indiana title whose winner is then eligible to participate in the national Miss America Scholarship Pageant.

Proceeds from the local pageant benefits the Children's Miracle Network, the official national platform of the Miss America Organization.