Elkhart native and former Miss Indiana now competing for Mrs. America crown

One of Elkhart’s shining stars is set for the national stage next week.

Mekayla Eppers is competing in the Mrs. America pageant this year. She’s a former Miss Indiana USA in 2014, but now she’s competing in the competition that honors married women in America.

Eppers tells ABC 57 hopes to use the stage to accomplish a goal that’s dear to her heart.

“I’m hoping to be able to create a non-profit organization to provide scholarships for local kids that are in foster care,” Eppers told ABC 57. “I was in foster care for a short stint, and I want to help provide a future for someone who has dreams like I did, no matter what their past looks like.”

The Misses America pageant takes place a week from Saturday, August 26. To learn more about Mekayla and follow her journey to the Mrs. America crown, check out her Facebookand Twitter pages.