Mallorie Powell proved that the “mission is possible” by being named the Distinguished Young Woman of 2012 at the local scholarship program on March 24.
Powell competed against five other contestants, who are all juniors at Jenkins High School, in the 2012 community event themed “Mission: Possible.”
Atasha Edwards was selected as first alternate and Daniele Bradley is second alternate.
Each participant was evaluated in five categories: Scholastic Achievement (20 percent), Interview (25 percent), Fitness (15 percent), Self-Expression (15 percent) and Talent (25 percent).
Powell won the awards for Scholastic Achievement and Talent; Edwards won the awards for Fitness and Self-Expression; and Hailey Carnline won the Interview Award. In addition, Carnline was selected to receive the Karlynn McCanna Spirit Award by her fellow contestants.
Clara Hogan and Danielle Hardy also competed in the program presented at the Jenkins Middle School gym.
All three Distinguished Young Women representatives (Powell, Edwards and Bradley) will represent Chewelah on the community float in parades across the state throughout spring and summer. This year’s float theme is “Under the Sea.”
Their first parade will be the Wenatchee Apple Blossom Festival on May 5.
Powell, 17, is the daughter of Natalie Rasmussen. She has studied ballet for 10 years and performed a variation from the ballet “La Bayadere” for the talent portion of the Distinguished Young Woman program. She also participates in activities such as taekwondo, band and cross-country. After high school, Powell plans to attend Washington State University to study Veterinary Medicine.
Powell will compete at the state level competition in Pullman in August, and the winner of each state program will advance to Nationals in Mobile, Alabama.
In the photo: Chewelah’s 2012 Distinguished Young Woman Mallorie Powell with her first alternate Atasha Edwards (right) and second alternate Daniele Bradley (left). Jared Arnold photo
By Kellie Trudeau
The Independent Staff