FORT WAYNE — Megan Brelage, a 2016 graduate of Bishop Dwenger High School, was named Miss Allen County 2018 during Sunday’s Allen County Queen Pageant at Carroll High School.

Brelage, 20, was a 10-year Whitley County 4-H member.

She is a pharmacy student at Purdue University, having been accepted into Purdue’s college of pharmacy this past spring. She will start a four-year doctorate program in the fall and plans to graduate in 2022. She said her goal is to get a residency in a pediatric hospital, pediatric ambulatory care or in academia. She has an interest in working in a pediatric hospital, teaching at a pharmacy school and going on medical mission trips in developing countries.

In her time as a Whitley County 4-H member, she showed dairy beef, feeder calves, dairy and swine. She also completed non-livestock projects including cake decorating, photography and scrapbooking. At age 4, she began playing the Suzuki violin, continuing it through eighth grade. She also played in an orchestra in high school and was a varsity member of Bishop Dwenger’s cross country and track teams.

At Purdue, Brelage runs in the Purdue Run Club and is also involved in the collegiate 4-H club. She is a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and is the treasurer for the organization’s philanthropy. This summer, she is working as a pharmacy tech at CVS and volunteering at Matthew 25 Health and Dental Clinic.

The 13 contestants during Sunday’s pageant were judged in four areas of competition — professional wear, evening wear, onstage question and one-on-one interviews with the judges earlier in the afternoon.

Brelage’s question during the competition was “What does being a good neighbor mean to you?”

“To me, being a good neighbor is thinking of others around you before thinking about yourself,” she said.

Other honors Sunday included first runner-up Abbey Russel (Grabill), second runner-up and Miss Photogenic Maranda Malcolm (Garrett), third runner-up Sophia Slates (Fort Wayne), and fourth runner-up and Miss Congeniality Julia Kuhn (Fort Wayne).

The honor of Miss Allen County comes with a $1,200 scholarship and a queen’s prize package including a modeling scholarship from Charmaine School and Modeling Agency, a custom gold and diamond ring, a personalized silver bracelet, a queen’s photo session, a Vera Bradley bag, a free massage, a $100 gift certificate to Zianos and other prizes.

Brelage will go on to compete in the Miss Indiana State Fair Pageant alongside Miss Whitley County Mackey Sheets.