Chewelah’s Distinguished Young Woman Kayti Hilzinger received two $150 scholarship awards in the talent and scholastic categories at the Washington State program held in Pullman last weekend.
Fifteen high school seniors from across Washington performed to an enthusiastic audience of families and friends at the Washington State DYW program at the Beasley Coliseum on Aug. 6. More than $10,000 in college scholarships and awards were shared among the young women.
Colton-Uniontown’s Distinguished Young Woman Kendyl Druffel was named Washington’s Distinguished Young Woman for 2017.
The Colton High School senior received a $3,000 cash scholarship with her title. She also won $150 Self Expression and Interview judging category awards. In addition, she won the $300 Spirit Award, selected by the contestants themselves. WSU, too, offers the winner a $2,000 scholarship. Druffel will go on to compete at the annual program in Mobile, Ala., next summer.
The first runner-up, Elisabeth Barlow, DYW of Moses Lake, received a $1,000 scholarship. The Moses Lake High School senior also earned $150 awards in Fitness, Talent, and Self Expression. Her parents are Brian and Esther Barlow.
LaCrosse’s DYW, Lauren Claassen, was the second runner-up. She received a $600 scholarship. The Colfax High School senior’s parents are Jennifer and Weston Claassen.
Julia Galindo, Clarkston’s DYW, won the $500 Overall Scholastic Award. Her mother is Monica Montero.
Salma Preppernau, DYW from Ellensburg, earned a $150 Scholastic Award. Tandy and Ladd Preppernau are her parents.
A $150 Interview category scholarship went to Ritzville’s DYW, Tessa Jantz, daughter of Donna Koch and Steve Jantz. Asotin’s DYW, Kaytlyn Barnea, received a $150 Fitness award. Her parents are Richard and Tricia Barnea.
The participants were evaluated by a panel of judges in the following categories: Scholastics (25%), Interview (25%), Fitness (15%), Self-Expression (15%) and Talent (20%).