ELKHART — This year’s Miss Purdue crown goes to Emily Mishler, an Elkhart County native and 2013 Miss Elkhart County.
Mishler won the Miss Purdue University Scholarship Program on Feb. 16, securing herself a spot in the Miss Indiana Pageant, the competition that leads to the Miss America Pageant.
“It’s more of a lifestyle than anything else,” Misher said about pageantry. She had to prepare for the five areas of pageant competition, which she balanced with her other activities at Purdue.
She was judged based upon her performance in a 10-minute interview, a 90-second talent demonstration, answering an on-stage question, an evening wear portion and a physical fitness portion.
“If you’re living that lifestyle, then there’s not a lot of preparation that needs to happen,” she said.
Staying fresh on current events and maintaining a healthy diet and exercising are some of the aspects of the “lifestyle” Mishler lives to be ready for pageants. That will prepare her for the 10-minute interview and physical fitness competitions.
Mishler preformed a vocal rendition of “Astonishing,” a song in the musical "Little Women" as her 90-second talent demonstration. She sang in her high school’s show choir.
A 2010 Northridge High School graduate, Mishler is also a 10-year 4-H Fair participant. During high school, she competed in show choir, soccer, cross country and track.
At Purdue, she is a resident assistant, a member of the Delta Gamma sorority and serves as president of Purdue Alumni Student Experience.
“I love being involved on campus whenever I see an opportunity,” she said.
She said she has a support system back at home in Elkhart County supporting her during her pageant participation.
“It’s amazing to me what happens when the Elkhart community and the Purdue community comes together as a support system,” she said. “This experience has really meant a lot to me.”
Mishler will head to Zionsville at the end of June to participate in the Miss Indiana pageant.
“At this point I’m so excited, I’m also a little nervous,” she said. “You never know what you’re going to get at state.”