A 17-year-old high school student from Fishers will represent Indiana at the 2016 Miss Teen USA Pageant. According to Miss Indiana Teen USA officials, Lauren Boswell won the state crown on Sunday following a two-day pageant at The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel. The Indiana pageant is part of the Miss Universe Organization.
Boswell is a senior at Hamilton Southeastern High School, where she serves as a member of the student council. She also plays on the school’s varsity volleyball team and serves in such capacities as a Best Buddies mentor, and as a member of the homecoming committee, drama club, World Connections Club, International Thespian Society and Young Life. She has also performed in high school musicals.
After high school graduation, Boswell hopes to earn a degree in elementary education with a concentration in special education. Her work as a Best Buddies mentor, peer tutor and cadet teacher helped lead to her career decision.
Her hobbies include the outdoors, summer concerts, traveling overseas, modeling, Pinterest and Zumba. She is the daughter of Justin and Kim Boswell.
If Boswell is crowned Miss Teen USA, she will become the first Indiana contestant to win the title. Miss Indiana Teen USA 1993 Kelly Lloyd came the closest, finishing as first runner-up in national competition.
Others in the top seven at Sunday’s pageant were First Runner-up Alexa Marasovich, Second Runner-up Holyn Huizinga, Third Runner-up and Most Photogenic Bailey Perez, Fourth Runner-up Shannon Donoho, Molly Gilles and Kaylee Gardner. Sarah Burk was voted by fellow contestants as Miss Congeniality.