Six Will Compete for Local Title

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The Distinguished Young Women of Chewelah Scholarship Program will be Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 7 p.m. in the Jenkins Middle School Gym. Six contestants will compete for the title and monetary scholarships.

The contestants will be evaluated on five categories that count toward certain percentages of their overall score. The fitness and self-expression portions are worth 15 percent each, scholastics counts towards 20 percent, and interview and talent are worth 25 percent each.

On the night of the program, the audience will get to see the fitness portion, which is evaluated by a group fitness routine the contestants will perform together; the self-expression segment, which is judged by their poise on stage in addition to an impromptu question; and each contestant will also perform an individual talent they have chosen. A ten-minute interview will take place earlier in the day, and the scholastics score will be tabulated prior to the event based on criteria set up by America’s Junior Miss program.

The judging panel will consist of five adults from out of town who have no previous relationship with the contestants. They will be evaluating each contestant based on the criteria, and two tabulators will calculate the scores. Medals will be awarded for each category.

In addition, the six contestants will select the recipient of the Karlynn McCanna Spirit Award, created in memory of Karlynn McCanna who had a passion for this program, for who they feel best represents the program’s spirit. The Distinguished Young Woman of Chewelah and two alternates will be announced at the end of the event.

Alicia Pickens-Lasko, Chewelah’s Junior Miss Second Alternate in 2000, will return as the mistress of ceremonies for the program night.

Advance tickets are available at Aker’s Drug, Valley Drug, and The Independent for $5. Tickets at the door will cost $7.

In This Photo: Jenkins High School Juniors (back row, left to right) Daniele Bradley, Danielle Hardy, Clara Hogan, Atasha Edwards, (front row, left to right) Hailey Carnline, and Mallorie Powell will be competing for the title of Distinguished Young Woman of Chewelah on March 24, 2012 at the Jenkins Middle School Gym. Jared Arnold photo