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

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.