Witte with Stitches of Hope members
It was my pleasure recently to interview Angela Witte. Angela is a Wells County native and Norwell High School graduate. On Nov. 13, 2010, she was crowned Mrs. Indiana. I first knew Angela as my dental hygienist. She was friendly and professional. I later discovered she and my daughter used to cheer together.
Angela is no stranger to beauty pageants. She has focused on achieving in that area and has done well. She has a passion for helping people and wants to volunteer as much as she is able during her reign. She attended a meeting of Stitches of Hope, a group that crochets and knits caps for people who lose hair from cancer (www.stitchesofhope1.blogspot.com).
The volunteers enjoyed her stories and her willingness to help us tag the caps to be sent to hospitals.
Angela is looking for more opportunities to help groups throughout the state of Indiana. If you know of a charity fundraiser that could use her assistance in promotion, please contact her at the website below.
Witte with Stitches of Hope volunteers
The illness could not have come at a worse time. On November 13, 2010, Angela Micklitsch Witte had a sinus infection that included coughing, sneezing, and nasal congestion. Unfortunately, she was participating in a pageant for the title of Mrs. Indiana in Greenwood, Indiana. When not on stage answering questions for judges, she was backstage blowing her nose. Witte had purchased the softest facial tissues she could find so her nose would not be red when facing the audience and judges.
Despite Witte’s discomfort, she managed to look relaxed and respond well to the questions she was asked. Her endurance paid off when Witte was crowned Mrs. Indiana 2011.
Witte, a 2004 Norwell High School graduate, has established herself as an experienced contender for local pageantry:
Miss Wells County 2006 (first runner up); Miss Mideast 2006; Miss IPFW 2006; Miss Fort Wayne 2007 (third runner up and Community Achievement Award); Miss Mideast 2007 (winner); Miss Indiana 2008 (voted Miss Congeniality, Jon Price Community Service Award, Miss Miracle Maker Award, Hoosier Leadership Memorial Scholarship); Salvation Army’s Fort Wayne Queen of Charities 2010 (winner, voted Miss Congeniality).
At her latest pageant which included eight other contestants Witte, who now lives in Fort Wayne, swept the awards by winning the Physical Fitness Award and Mrs. Congeniality.
The latter honor is especially significant to Witte. “Being crowned Mrs. Congeniality means the most to me because making new friends and building relationships with my peers is the most important part of pageantry for me,” she said.
The areas of competition in the Mrs.America pageants are Interview- 50%, Physical Fitness in Swimsuit- 25%, and Evening Wear- 25%. To prepare physically for the competition Witte has established an exercise routine that includes using a treadmill and lifting weights. She often jogs outside with her husband Zach Witte, a 2003 Norwell graduate. She also exercises with co-workers to a Jillian Michaels video. Witte is employed full-time as a dental hygienist with Dr. Blake Taylor and Dr. Molly Sigler in Bluffton. “Exercising together as a team is fun and it makes us healthy,” said Witte.
She will compete for the Mrs. America crown the first two weeks of April 2011 at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, nicknamed “Mrs. America’s home away from home.” . The event will be televised.
Competing for the national pageant is Witte’s only chance to win the title of Mrs. America. “Once a woman wins a state title, she is not allowed to compete again,” said Witte. “That allows other women the opportunity to win.” The winner of the Mrs. America pageant will then compete for Mrs. World.
During the time leading up to the Mrs. America pageant, Witte plans to keep a busy schedule. Besides working full-time, she will fill free time volunteering throughout the state for charities. “If somebody needs my help in promoting a fundraiser, I will make the drive to their location and lend a hand,” she said.
“The Mrs. Indiana pageant is based on a concept of what a modern woman is like,” she added. “For me community service is a huge part of who I am. I really like getting into the community as much as I can. I’m hoping groups and organizations will utilize me as a volunteer.”
Those interested in requesting Witte for an appearance to support an event can contact her at
Reprinted with permission of News-Banner