(BLOOMINGTON) - Sophomore Journalism student Terrin Thomas was crowned Miss IU Sunday by the 2012 winner Senior Brianna McClellan.
Thomas was one of nine IU students competing in the pageant, which took place Sunday night at the Willkie Quad Auditorium. Along with the title, Thomas earned a $1,500 scholarship from the IU Foundation and the opportunity to compete in the Miss Indiana pageant June 19-22 in Zionsville, Ind.
Thomas said the title of Miss IU will act as a stepping stone to an even larger goal -- competing in the Miss Indiana pageant.
Including the scholarship awarded to Thomas, the Miss IU organization awarded $3,000 in scholarships to its contestants, as well as awards for the highest scorers in the talent and interview competition. Awards for community service, congeniality and people's choice were also given.
While she didn't earn the title, first runner-up and winner of the interview competition, Erika Burghardt, said she plans on continuing her support of her platform, Youth Unifying Communities.
Along with the pageant, the Miss Indiana University organization partnered with Circle K to collect nonperishable food items for the Hoosier Hills Food Bank. Public Relations Chair Elizabeth Koss said it was important for the organization to give back.
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