Post & Mail photo Christie Barkley
Participants in this yearâ€™s Distinguished Young Women of Whitley County rehearse their fitness routine in preparation for Saturdayâ€™s program.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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 Schoolâ€™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 yearâ€™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 eventâ€™s coordinators said,
â€śThis is going to be a great year. The program has some really good talent. It should really be a crowd pleaser.â€ť
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 Thursdayâ€™s The Post & Mail.