GOSHEN — Elkhart native Gracie Lyons was named Miss Elkhart County 2014 at the competition held Sunday, Nov. 17.
One of 12 contestants, Lyons, 22, is a graduate of Concord High School and is currently a student at the University of Indianapolis.
“I’m just extremely overwhelmed,” Lyons said after the announcement at Goshen Middle School. “I’m excited to be representing my hometown.”
Lyons, whose platform for the event was mentoring, said she’s especially looking forward to the platform that her crown will afford her over the coming year.
She said the Miss Elkhart County crown is like a “megaphone,” in that it provides the winner a position to be heard in the community.
Besides the service aspect that is taught to competitors, Lyons said she also learned about “scholarship” from competing in the event.
Lyons said much of her first year of college was paid for by the Miss Elkhart County pageant after she competed at 17. She expressed her gratitude for the organization and the event’s sponsor, Elks Lodge 425, for helping her as she continues her schooling.
“Living here and representing here is really such an honor,” she said.
Lyons will represent Elkhart County at the Miss Indiana competition, which will be held in Zionsville in June.
Mackenzie Klahr was first runner-up, Elise Goodman second runner-up and McKenah D’Arcy third runner-up in the competition.