Distinguished Young Women Scholarship Program chairwoman Christine Yocum recently announced the 15 participants for the 2012-2013 program. Co-chairing this year's program are Danielle Nohlquist and Kaycee Currie.
Formerly known as Lakewood Area Junior Miss Scholarship Program, this year marks the 47th program in the Jamestown area, since its establishment in 1958 in Mobile, Ala. The 15 participants were chosen carefully based on academic achievement, community and school activities and a personal interview.
Representing seven local high schools, this year's participants are: Morgan Deppas, Johnna Graham, Alyssa Leathers, and Olivia Nugent from Jamestown High; Rebecca Josephson and Veronica Schuver from Southwestern High; Allison Munella from Falconer Central; Mary Schmitz and Luciana Sena from Chautauqua Lake Central; Kenzie Sandberg from Maple Grove Central; Shawna Raymond, McKenzie Cass, Alanna Blanchard and Morgan Knight from Frewsburg Central; and Morgan Fiebelkorn from Randolph Central.
Distinguished Young Women Scholarship Program 2012-13 Participants pictured in the first from left to right are: Kenzie Sandberg, Jamestown; Luciana Sena, Chautauqua Lake; Mary Schmitz, Chautauqua Lake; Shawna Raymond, Frewsburg. In the second row from left to right are: Alanna Blanchard, Frewsburg; Allison Munella, Falconer, Morgan Fiebelkorn, Randolph; Johnna Graham, Jamestown High; Morgan Deppas, Jamestown High. In the third row from left to right are: Rebecca Josephson, Southwestern; Veronica Schuver, Southwestern; McKenzie Cass, Frewsburg; Morgan Knight, Frewsburg; Alyssa Leathers, Jamestown; Olivia Nugent, Jamestown High.
Show producer Maura Morganti is working with choreographers Tiffany Wakeley Heintzman and Currie on various elements of the program including the opening, fitness, self-expression and talent sections. "Stronger" is the theme of this year's program, and the participants will begin rehearsing in early July. The program will be held in Jamestown at the Reg Lenna Civic Center on Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m.
The participants will compete for college scholarships, and the winner of the local program will continue to the state level competition in the spring. In addition to cash scholarships, participants are eligible for college-granted scholarships from nearly 200 colleges and universities.
Each participant is also paired with an area third or fourth grade "Little Sister" whom they mentor throughout their experience in the program. The Little Sisters, chaired by Rosa Farrell, will perform in the program, fund raise for the scholarship funds, help with community service and participate in fun activities with the program participants. The committee sincerely appreciates the community support through scholarship donations, booklet advertising and show attendance.