Sarah Lizabeth Wiley, a 23-year-old from Carmel, was crowned Miss Indiana 2004 during the annual pageant at the Hulman Center. When Miss Indiana 2003 Bryn Lawton Chapman placed the crown upon Wiley's head Saturday, she looked above and said, "Thank you, God." She will compete on Sept. 18 in the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, N.J. Wiley, an Anderson University alum, competed for the fifth and, because of age restrictions, the final time.
Last year she was first runner-up. She said moments after being crowned that family support and faith kept her coming back. "I'm in shock right now," she said. "I'm sure it will set in and I'll be able to make some history, hopefully, in Atlantic City." She also received more than $21,000 in prizes and scholarships including a Miss Indiana ring, an official state crown, engraved cut crystal, a competition wardrobe and monogrammed luggage.
The Miss Indiana Scholarship Program was hosted from June 10-12 at Indiana State University. Contestants from across the state competed in the scholarship program for the 2004 Miss Indiana crown.
In total, more than $2.6 million in in-kind scholarships and $30,000 in cash scholarships are awarded in the Miss Indiana program.
Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education and theology.