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DYW: Distinguished Young Women program offers H.S. seniors a chance to earn college money

September 4, 2012

Post & Mail photo Christie Barkley Participants in this year’s Distinguished Young Women of Whitley County rehearse their fitness routine in preparation for Saturday’s program.

COLUMBIA CITY — Young women from Whitley County will come together Saturday to be a part of a long-standing tradition, the 48th annual Distinguished Young Women of Whitley County.
The program is formerly known as Whitley County Junior Miss.
This year the program will begin at 7 p.m. at Columbia City High School’s Newell Rice Auditorium.
Twelve ladies will perform an array of talents as well as a group fitness exercise.
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students grades kindergarten through 12th.
The program exists to give young women a chance to earn money for college. Last year’s Distinguished Young Woman, Michaela Thomas, was awarded $1,300 in scholarship money and went on to the state program where she was the recipient of the Spirit Award.
At the state level, Thomas also took home an additional $1,000.
Pam Thompson, one of the event’s coordinators said,
“This is going to be a great year. The program has some really good talent. It should really be a crowd pleaser.”
Since the inception of the program in Whitley County, more than $39,000 in scholarship money has been awarded.
A program will be inserted in Thursday’s The Post & Mail.

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