(BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent)
DYW contestants take the stage on Saturday evening…
The night is almost here where Chewelah will crown it’s newest Distinguished Young Woman and Chewelah continues to produce talented students from JJSHS and Valley that spend the summer on the Chewelah Community Float.
“It was an unforgettable and life changing experience to represent Chewelah this summer at state,” last year’s Distinguished Young Woman Ursula Bakken said. “It was so incredible to work with all of the parents and community members on the Marry Poppins float and see all of the communities hard work pay of again and again all around the state.”
There will be three contestants this year, Lillian Kirry, Avery Arnold and Mackenzie Acord. For the first time in the program’s history, the Distinguished Young Women program will be at the Chewelah Center for the Arts on March 23 at 7 p.m.
In previous years, the program had been held in the Jenkins Middle School gymnasium, but the move to the Center for the Arts should make setting up the lighting and staging for the program easier.
The DYW program is broken down into several scholarships based on how the girls do in the competition. Participants will be judged on academics, poise, talent, interviewing skills and fitness.
Helping out with the program is long-time supporters Brenda Gregerson, Becky Gregerson, Janet McLaughlin, Kellie Trudeau, Sarah Cochran and Keith Cochran.
Distinguished Young Women was formerly known America’s Junior Miss.
The non-profit organization provides scholarship opportunities to high school senior girls. The program is designed to provide young women with the opportunity and support needed to succeed before, during, and after attending college.
The Jr. Miss program began in 1958 and since then, over 700,000 women have participated in the competition in the United States.
Contestant #1 – Lillian Kirry
Parents – Clint and Melissa Kirry
College – Oregon State University – Sports Medicine or Environmental Science
Talent – Singing – “Hang on Little Tomato”
Contestant #2 – Avery Arnold
Parents – Jared and Andrea Arnold
College – Washington State University – Pharmacist
Talent – Self written monologue – “Random Knowledge You Didn’t Know You Needed”
Contestant #3 – Mackenzie Acord
Parents – Leah Oman and Jim Acord
College – University of Washington – Medicine
Talent – Tenor Saxophone – “No Money”