Zhiibaahaasing band member crowned Mrs. Indiana USA 2017

Mekayla Diehl-Eppers, a Zhiibaahaasing band member, has been crowned Mrs. Indiana 2017.photo curiosity of Facebook

INDIANA—Zhiibaahaasing band member Mekayla Diehl-Eppers has been crowned Mrs. Indiana 2017 and will compete at the Mrs. America Pageant in Las Vegas in August.

“We did it!!! #Vegas here we come!” posted Ms. Diehl on her Facebook page. “Thank you to my amazing sponsors for helping me get here! I’m honoured and beyond words to be your 2017 Mrs. Indiana.”

Ms. Diehl-Eppers grew up in Elkhart, Indiana with her paternal grandmother, but is a Zhiibaahaasing band member through her maternal grandfather and returns to Manitoulin to visit her mother and brothers.

She was crowned Miss Indiana in 2014 and competed at the Miss USA Pageant where she placed in the top 20.

Growing up a self-described ‘tom boy,’ Ms. Diehl-Eppers enjoyed playing with Hot Wheels and was a member of the 4H Club. Her mother was involved in fashion and modeling which eventually rubbed off on Ms. Diehl-Eppers and she started getting involved in pageants and dancing. She soon found out she was a natural at pageants and was able to pay her way through college with the scholarship money she earned.

The Mrs. America Pageant was established for married women throughout the United States, with contestants representing each of the 50 states and ranging in age.

This year’s pageant will be held August 19 to 26 at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino.