Chewelah’s Distinguished Young Woman Mallorie Powell will compete at the state level scholarship program on Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Washington State University Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum.
Powell and eighteen other school seniors across the state arrived in Pullman Tuesday, July 31 to vie for scholarships at Saturday’s Distinguished Young Women of Washington scholarship program.
Powell was selected as Chewelah’s representative at the local program on March 24, 2012. She also received the Scholastic Achievement and Talent Award that evening as she competed against five other contestants.
The participants at the state program will be evaluated by a panel of five judges in the following categories: Scholastics (20%), Interview (25%), Fitness (15%), Self-Expression (15%) and Talent (25%). The participant selected as the Distinguished Young Woman will advance to the national level at the 56th Distinguished Young Women National Finals in Mobile, Ala., on June 27-29, 2013, where she will join with 49 other state representatives in competing for cash scholarships and the opportunity to represent the program as the Distinguished Young Woman of America.
Those participating in the 2012-13 program include Allison Fox, Almira-Coulee-Hartline (ACH); Mikayla Martin, Asotin; Jessica Tidwell, Buckley; Mallorie Powell, Chewelah; Raeann VanSickle, Clarkston; Lindsay Webber, Colfax; Jordana Dahmen, Colton-Uniontown; Sommer Boyd, Connell/North Franklin; Andria Strite, Davenport; Kelsey Mazzoni, Ellensburg; Nicole Decker, Enumclaw; Nicole Renard, Kennewick; Ashley Ells, Leavenworth; Marleny Garcia, Mattawa; Camiel Bruneel, Moses Lake; Brooke Roylance, Othello; Shayla Robinson, Pullman; Amalia Perez, Ritzville; and Makynlee Miller, Royal City.
Washington’s new titleholder, first runner-up and second runner-up will receive college scholarships as will others that are selected for program awards.
A $300 Spirit Award, two preliminary $250 scholastic scholarships and a $750 overall award for scholastic achievement also will be awarded. In addition, two $250 preliminary awards will be announced in four other judging categories: judges’ interview, talent, fitness and self-expression.
MC for the August program will be Lenne Jo Best, of Eagle, Idaho. Best was Clarkston’s and Washington’s Junior Miss who became America’s Junior Miss in 1976. Shirley Sears, of Pullman, is choreographer.
Judging the program will be Eric Givens, of Eagle, Idaho, the president and CEO of Specific Performance, Inc.; Teresa Hudak, of Spokane, assistant alumni director for Gonzaga University; Chelsea Dannen, of Spokane, PR and media specialist for the Better Business Bureau in Spokane; Tina McClure, of Moscow, Idaho, the resident music director for Regional Theatre of the Palouse based in Pullman; and Stacy Sharp, of Olympia, ASB Secretary for Olympia’s Capital High School.
During the week, the teens will stay with Pullman families: Amy and Doug Cox, Jeanne and Jon Fairbanks, Sherree and Todd Komp, Janet and Kevin Poitra, Laura and Judd Preece, Ana Maria and Cotton Sears, Julie and Derrick Walker, Kevin and Sara Mader, Tom and Linda Tippett. Pullman Rotary, Chamber of Commerce and Cougar Country Drive In will host the program participants for lunches during the week.
Co-chairs of the 2012-13 program are Danielle Kallaher, of Pullman, and Margo Balzarini, of Colfax. Board president of the state program is Michelle Kinkade, of Pullman. Other board officers include Carissa Little, vice president; Patty Greenberg, secretary; and Mitch Chandler, treasurer, all of Pullman. Board members are Marilyn Miller, Colfax, and Tricia Benton, Lynda Hamilton and Mary Jo Chandler, all of Pullman.
Also helping with the state program are Chris Vanharn, Edie Talbot, Sue Hinz, Nella Letizia, Monica Druffel, Cayme Sunwold and Kellie Murphy.
Scholastic judges are Julie Pomerenk, WSU registrar; Lynda Carey, Office of the WSU Graduate School, retired; and Wendy Peterson, director of Office of Admissions.
Advance tickets are available through TicketsWest, 1-800-325-SEAT, or at TicketsWest.com. Tickets also will be available at the door. All tickets for the program cost $20.
Kendall Earl, of Moses Lake, is the current Distinguished Young Woman of Washington for 2011-12. She was selected a year ago during the 54th annual state competition. While representing Washington in Mobile, Ala., in June, she was one of the top ten finalists and an award winner in the Self Expression judging category giving her $3,500 in scholarships. Earl also won the $1,500 Bel Air Mall Community Service Award.
Founded in 1958 in Mobile, Alabama, Distinguished Young Women is the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls. During its 55 years of operation, the program has provided life-changing experiences for more than 700,000 young women. Last year, Distinguished Young Women provided more than $108 million in cash and college scholarship opportunities to program participants at the local, state and national level. Previously known as America’s Junior Miss, the program announced its new name in June 2010.
The mission of Distinguished Young Women is to positively impact the lives of young women by providing a transformative experience that promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership and talent. National sponsors include the City of Mobile, Mobile County, Encore Rehabilitation, Mobile Gas: A Sempra Company, Alabama Power Foundation, Regions Bank, Master Boat Builders, SPANX and Wintzell’s Oyster House.
In This Photo: Chewelah’s Distinguished Young Woman Mallorie Powell performs a routine on the Chewelah float at Jazzin’ in the Park. Powell will compete at the Distinguished Young Woman of Washington Scholarship Program Aug. 4. Kellie Trudeau photo