By Jordan Fischer
Current in Fishers
At this year’s Miss Indiana Scholarship Pageant, the Town of Fishers was represented by not one, but two contestants vying for the crown. Even more unlikely: They’re sisters.
Ashley, 23, and Audra, 20, Casterline both earned separate local pageant titles to earn their spots at the state competition, along with 29 other pageant winners. The 2011 pageant was held from June 22 – June 25 at the Zionsville Performing Arts Center.
This year was Ashley’s second in the competition and her last year of eligibility. At 19, she earned third runner-up in the state competition – the same spot her mother Anita earned 25 years before when she competed. To compete in the 2011 Miss Indiana Scholarship Pageant, Ashley took the title of “Miss Southern Heartland” in a pageant in Paoli.
According to both girls, a lot of common misconceptions they held about pageants have been dispelled in the time they’ve been competing.
“Miss America is primarily a scholarship organization,” Ashley said. “It’s the primary provider of scholarships to women around the world, so I knew it would be a good way to earn money for school.”
Miss America is the parent organization for the Miss Indiana Scholarship Pageant, an unaffiliated with the Miss USA Pageant, currently owned by billionaire Donald Trump.
Like Ashley, Audra Casterline decided to attend Anderson University, and began entering pageants to help offset the cost of school. She earned the title of “Miss Hoosier Heritage” in Muncie to make it to the state-level pageant.
“It’s not just about being poised on a stage in high heels,” Audra said. “But also being poised in an interview, and being a representative for an area. There’s a sort of accountability to honing yourself as a well-rounded person.”
As of press time, the pageant was still ongoing. To see the Casterlines’ results, visit youarecurrent.com.