Whitley Countyâ€™s Distinguished Young Woman program was held Saturday with 10 participants looking to be named the 2014 representative. (Above) Pictured, from left, Second runner up Shelby Smiley; First runner up and Scholastics category winner Kiersten Thomas; DYW of Whitley County and Talent category winner Hannah Schaefer and Carley Porter who won the Fitness, Panel Interview and Spirit of DYW categories. Post & Mail photos / Christie Barkley
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Out of 10 senior girls, only one could be declared Distinguished Young Woman (DYW) of Whitley County for 2014.
That one was Hannah Schaefer, a Columbia City High School student.
â€śWow! This is so unexpected,â€ť Schaefer said. â€śItâ€™s wonderful, but right now, itâ€™s overwhelming.â€ť
Schaefer is the daughter of Mark and Mary Ann Schaefer. In addition to her designation as DYW, Schaefer also earned the award in both the Talent category and in Self Expression.
â€śWe were surprised,â€ť Mary Ann said of her daughterâ€™s accomplishment. â€śI knew eight out of the 10 girls. We would have been happy with anyone of them winning. They are all awesome.â€ť
Taking first runner up was Kiersten Thomas, a CCHS senior. Thomas, the daughter of Micah and Michelle Thomas, also earned the award in the Scholastics category.
Second runner up went to Shelby Smiley. The daughter of Brent and Laura Smiley, she attends Whitko High School.
Carley Porter, a CCHS student and daughter of Todd and Denise Porter, took home three awards.
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