Kayti Hilzinger, the Distinguished Young Woman of Chewelah, will be participating at the Distinguished Young Women of Washington Program on Saturday, Aug. 6 at 7 p.m.
Fifteen Washington high school seniors will participate in the scholarship program at Washington State University’s Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum.
Those participating in the 2016-17 program also include Kamilah Stone, Almira-Coulee- Hartline (ACH); Kaytlyn Barnea, Asotin; Julia Galindo, Clarkston; Taylor Garcia, Colfax; Kendyl Druffel, Colton/Uniontown; Salma Preppernau, Ellensburg; Lauren Claassen, LaCrosse; Megan Yorgesen, Mattawa; Elisabeth Barlow, Moses Lake; Wendolyn Rivera, Othello; Madeline Walker, Pullman; Tessa Jantz, Ritzville; Averie Hollis, Spokane; and Ellie Thyssen, Warden.
Each participant will perform a talent number and participate in fitness and self-expression routines during the evening program. The teens meet individually with a panel of judges earlier. More than $10,000 in college scholarships will be awarded at the state program.
The teens arrived Tuesday, Aug. 2 to start practicing several stage routines that will highlight the 2016 program. Shirley Sears, Pullman, is program choreographer.
The participants will stay with Pullman families several days while rehearsing for the on-stage program.
The judging panel will be Pam and Victor Renard, of Kennewick, whose daughter Nicole, was Washington’s winner and national program winner in 2013; Megan Weed, Seattle, runner-up for Pullman’s title in 1993; Nicole Flansburg, Palouse, an active Whitman County resident; and Crissy Greenberg, Tumwater, first alternate in Pullman’s 2001 program.
Tickets are available through TicketsWest outlets and at the door the evening of the program.
This is the state’s 59th annual scholarship program. Its goal is to emphasize education by providing scholarship opportunities to outstanding college-bound high school girls, and to encourage personal development in all young people.
-Submitted by Distinguished Young Women Washington