Guilkey awarded Miss North Central Indiana 2005

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2005-02-24
Huntington, Ind.— Huntington College senior Susan Guilkey was recently crowned Miss North Central Indiana 2005 at Plainfield High School. After prevailing over 20 other young women, Guilkey was awarded a $1,000 scholarship and the opportunity to compete in the Miss Indiana pageant at the Zionsville Performing Arts Center on June 23-25, 2005.

As she prepares for Miss Indiana this summer, Guilkey will spend her time promoting volunteerism and civic engagement through her platform, “Pursuing Your Passion through Volunteerism.” Through this opportunity, Guilkey hopes to develop an aptitude test that will help people find organizations which they are compatible. She hopes this will help to improve volunteer retention and create stronger bonds between organizations and volunteers. Guilkey is specifically interested in working with youth because she believes “it is never too early to develop lifetime habits of service.”

Guilkey, 21, a resident of Noblesville, Ind., is a senior at Huntington College studying communications with aspirations of working in public relations or event management. She hopes to begin a master’s degree program in professional communications at Purdue University upon graduation. She is the daughter of Karen Williams of Noblesville and Donald Guilkey of Williamsburg, KY.

The Miss North Central program is an official preliminary of the Miss America Organization. The Miss America Organization is one of the nation's leading achievement programs and the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Last year, the Miss America Organization and its state and local organizations made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance. For more information, go to www.MissAmerica.org.
 
Huntington College is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. Following a decade of growth and development, Huntington College will become Huntington University in mid-2005. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the top comprehensive colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington College is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. Huntington is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and was named one of the 50 best Christian places to work by Christianity Today magazine.
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