Olivia Broadwater had another memorable showing at the Miss Indiana competition.
The 2020 Zionsville Community High School graduate was named Miss Indiana first-runner-up June 18 at the STAR Bank Performing Arts Center in Zionsville. She was the second runner-up in the 2021 Miss Indiana competition. She was the first runner-up in the Miss Indiana’s Outstanding Teen in 2019.
“The best part of the competition for me was getting to earn awards and scholarships to go towards funding my education,” Broadwater said. “Miss America is the largest scholarship provider for women, and I am so grateful to have opportunities like this which allow me to pursue my passions. In my group, I won the prelim talent and red carpet awards. I also won overall interview out of all the Miss contestants.”
She earned more than $4,000 in scholarship money.
Broadwater sang “Gimme Gimme” from the musical, “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” The competition gave Broadwater an opportunity to share her social impact initiative of Singing for Smiles.
“I always enjoy any chance I have to talk about Singing for Smiles and advocate for music therapy for those with Alzheimer’s,” she said. “I was chosen as a Joy of Life Scholarship finalist, which was based off of my social impact initiative. This gave me the opportunity to interview with a panel of judges in an open-to-the-public interview about Singing for Smiles. I am so grateful I had this opportunity to speak about my platform, why it is important, and share how passionate I am about it.”
The occasion marked the first time Broadwater spent the week at Butler University during the competition.
“The best part of spending the week at Butler was getting closer to my Miss Indiana friends and making even more friendships throughout the week,” she said. “It truly felt like a complete experience when we spent our whole week together and I gained a stronger appreciation for my (Miss America Organization) family.”
Broadwater said she is trying to decide if she will compete again and if it will work with her future plans.
“But I for sure know that I will always support the Miss America Organization and be so grateful for all I have gained from this amazing experience,” she said.