A White Pigeon High School graduate last weekend claimed the crown of Mrs. America.
The former Mekayla Diehl claimed the crown at the Westgate Resort and Casino from a field of 51 contestants Saturday.
Mekayla Eppers, a Bristol resident, represented Indiana, as she did during the Miss USA competition in 2015. The 28-year-old Eppers qualified for the Mrs. America pageant following a state competition in South Bend in April.
A 2007 White Pigeon High School graduate, Eppers will now join a yet-to-be-determined number of women in the Mrs. World competition later this year in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Eppers said she met her husband, Christopher, in July 2011 at Elcona Country Club, where she had been a waitress for six years. They married in October 2015.
Eppers, who grew up in the Cass County community of Union, said she continues to support causes that benefit child-abuse awareness. Eppers strongly supports Goshen-based Bashor Children’s Home and is always willing to be open and frank about her experience as a victim of child abuse.
She said her pet cause is the Feather Project, which embraces her Native-American heritage.