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Corydon girl qualifies for national Miss Indiana pageant

Corydon girl qualifies for national Miss Indiana pageant
Corydon girl qualifies for national Miss Indiana pageant
Hadley Ray McNulty

A Corydon girl qualified this spring as a state finalist in the National American Miss Indiana pageant at the Marriott East Indianapolis.

Hadley Ray McNulty, 5, will now compete Labor Day weekend in the national pageant for girls ages 4 through 18 in five different age divisions. Those who are crowned in each of those divisions will have the chance to represent the state of Indiana for an entire year as well as receive a $1,000 cash award, an official crown and banner, a bouquet of roses and air transportation to the national pageant at Disneyland in California and will be able to tour Hollywood.

During the pageant in September, contestants will compete in four overall categories, including Formal Wear Modeling, Personal Introduction, Interview and Community Service Project.

Hadley’s activities include swimming, gymnastics, spending time with family and cheering on her big brother, Gavin, during football and wrestling. She also enjoys art, riding her bike, shopping, watching Disney movies and playing with her puppy, Radar.

The daughter of Thomas and Megan McNulty, Hadley is a kindergarten student at Corydon Elementary School. Last summer, she was named Little Miss at the Harrison County  Fair. She was diagnosed with alopecia in November 2018 and lost all of her hair within a few months.

She recently hosted a ponytail drive/cut-a-thon, where she collected more than 450 ponytails and nearly $600 to donate to Children with Hair Loss, a non-profit organization that provides children with medical conditions with a wig each year, at no cost, until the age of 21.

Hadley’s mission is to educate others about alopecia and to teach them what makes them different is what makes them beautiful.

National American Miss is dedicated to celebrating America’s greatness and encouraging its future leaders. Each year, the pageant awards thousands of dollars in cash and prizes to recognize and assist in the development of girls nationwide. All activities are age-appropriate and family-oriented. The organization is the largest pageant system in the nation. The program is based on inner beauty as well as poise and presentation and offers an “All-American spirit of fun for family and friends.” Emphasis is placed on the importance of gaining self-confidence and learning new skills, such as good attitudes about competition, as well as setting and achieving personal goals.