Terre Haute resident crowned Miss ISU

November 21 2008

TERRE HAUTE, Ind.-- Carolyne Holcomb, sophomore communications major from Terre Haute has won the crown of Miss Indiana State University, besting 11 other women for the right to compete for the title of Miss Indiana.

The daughter of Carolyn and Dennis Glossop and Vic Holcomb, she was crowned by Erica Eisenhut, 2008 Miss ISU, and congratulated by Indiana State president Daniel Bradley.

"This is actually my second title," Holcomb said. "The first title I won was Miss Crossroads 2008."

The graduate of Terre Haute South High School competed three times before winning her first title, finishing as a talent preliminary winner and third runner-up to Eisenhut in Miss ISU 2008 and second runner-up in Miss Crossroads 2007.

Competing in pageants has been a rewarding experience for the Terre Haute native. The interviewing process for pageant competitions have helped her in preparing for job interviews while other aspects of the competition have taught her poise and how to be comfortable in her own skin.

"It teaches you your own self-worth," she said. "Your self-confidence is bolstered."

As she prepares for Miss Indiana this summer, Holcomb will interact and raise money for the Children's Miracle Network and will advocate volunteerism through G.I.V.E. (Get Involved and Volunteer Everyday).

As a young girl, not a day went by that Holcomb did not hear her mother remind her to "be nice to someone today."

"My platform is about giving and inspiring others to Get Involved and Volunteer Everyday," she said. "I advocate volunteerism and inspire young children to G.I.V.E just as my mother did for me so that they might grow to become passionate about volunteerism, just as I am today."

She came up with that platform as a high school senior, after organizing a senior prom for Saint Anthony Square residents

"I had always done community service, but this was the first project I'd done by myself," Holcomb said.

She went on to developed Halloween and birthday parties for the children at 14th and Chestnut Community Center and organized a Halloween party for local elementary students, which sparked her interest in public relations, specifically special events and outreach.

In conjunction with the dance program at Indiana State, Holcomb got a chance to give back to students at a school she once attended.

"I attended Sarah Scott Middle School," she said. "I've choreographed for their dance team for a long time. This was a chance to combine my love of dance and volunteerism."

"We worked with students with no dance experience at all," she continued. "The more I worked with those students, the more I thought ?that could've been me' because I didn't have dance experience at that age."

"It was like looking at myself," Holcomb, a jazz and modern dancer, said.

Holcomb has seen how the money she will fundraise for the Children's Miracle Network will help children seeking treatment at the network's hospitals, such as Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. She took her first trip into the hospital last summer when competing at Miss Indiana.

"I had never been there before," she said. "It definitely changed my perspective. It gave me a greater appreciation for life."

In the midst of all the activity, Holcomb has one goal for the Miss Indiana competition in June.

"I definitely want to make the top 10," she said.

Specializing in public relations and pursuing a dance minor, Holcomb is involved with the University Honors Program, co-coach of the Terre Haute South High School dance team, and a Universal Dance Association instructor. She is currently working in Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's Office of Annual Giving.

The Miss ISU Scholarship Program began in 1958, and Holcomb is the 26th winner, receiving a $1500 scholarship. She will now begin preparing for Miss Indiana, which takes place in June 2009 in Zionsville, Ind. The Miss Indiana pageant is a preliminary pageant for the Miss America pageant.

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Contact: Freda Luers, Associate Director, Student Activities and Organizations, 812.237.3852 or fluers@indstate.edu

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, 812.237.3783 or pmeyer4@isugw.indstate.edu

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Carolyne Holcomb, sophomore communications major from Terre Haute was crowned Miss Indiana State University, besting 11 other women for the right to compete for the title of Miss Indiana.

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