distinguished-young-women

Every spring, 20 young ladies gather together to take the stage at Beaver High School for a scholarship pageant entitled, Distinguished Young Women (formerly known as Outstanding Young Women).

The Distinguished Young Women program was founded in 1958 in Mobile, Alabama and is the oldest national scholarship program for high school girls. It has provided more than $100 million in cash scholarships at the local, state, and national level, and more than 730,000 high school Juniors have competed in the program.

The pageant’s mission is to positively impact the lives of young women by providing a transformative experience that promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership, and talent. It inspires girls to develop to their full, individual potential through a fun, transformative experience that culminates in a celebratory showcase of their accomplishments by developing self-confidence and the abilities to interview effectively, to speak in public, to perform on stage and to build interpersonal relationships, by encouraging and showcasing excellence in academic achievement, physical fitness, on-stage performance skills, and the ability to think and communicate clearly, and by creating opportunities to beneficially inspire the lives of others. In addition, the program creates opportunities for furthering education and preparing for a successful future.

This year’s 54th annual Distinguished Young Women program is sponsored by the Beaver Area Jaycees. It will be held in the auditorium at Beaver High School on May 2nd, starting at 7:00pm. Tickets can be purchased for $15 from any of the participants, or at the door.

Here are the 20 young ladies that will compete for the title of Beaver County’s Distinguished Young Woman:

Julia N. Aloisi, a Central Valley High School student, is a daughter of Dino and Rita Aloisi. Her talent is a vocal presentation.

Becca Beaumont, a student at Blackhawk High School, is a daughter of Terri and Tommy Beaumont. Her talent is dance.

Breanna Boeh, a Beaver Area High School student, is a daughter of Jeff and Julie Boeh. Her talent is lyrical dance.

Meredith Camp, a student at Blackhawk High School, is a daughter of Charlie and Jane Camp. Her talent is jazz dance.

Abigail A. Crumrine, a student at Beaver Area High School, is a daughter of Rick and Pam Crumrine. Her talent is an original autobiographical monologue.

Ya’ShaNikquia Delaney, a student at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School, is a daughter of Yashica Delaney and Corey Washington. Her talent presentation is a monologue.

Olivia Freed, a Riverside High School student, is a daughter of Bob and Cathie Freed. Her talent presentation is singing.

Madelyn E. Genre, a student at Ambridge Area High School, is a daughter of Joseph and Bonnie Genre. Her talent presentation is singing.

Taylor L. Hineman, a student at Beaver Area High School, is a daughter of Ross and Marcie Hineman. Her talent presentation is volleyball skills.

Nina Hudak, a Blackhawk High School student, is a daughter of Kathleen Hudak and Ralph Frye. Her talent presentation is dancing.

Sarah Lundquist, an Ambridge Area High School student, is a daughter of Nick and Dana Lundquist. Her talent is a steel drum performance.

Kaitlin E. McDougal, a South Side High School student, is a daughter of Glenn and Kimberly McDougal. Her talent is a piano performance.

Stephany Migdal, a Beaver Area High School student, is a daughter of Donna-Marie and Thomas Migdal. Her talent is singing and playing the guitar.

Maura E. Noll, a student at Beaver Area High School, is a daughter of Mark and Melanie Noll. Her talent is a vocal presentation.

Lara N. Pavlick, a student at Freedom Area High School, is a daughter of Joseph and Janis Pavlick. Her talent is an opera vocal performance.

Yasmina Sommers, a student at New Brighton High School, is a daughter of Michelle Eaton and Charles Sommers. Her talent is a clarinet performance.

Alyssa Stevens, a student at Beaver Falls High School, is a daughter of John and Linda Stevens. Her talent is an equestrian presentation.

Shalyn Vukich, a student at Riverside High School, is a daughter of Craig and Barb Vukich. Her talent is a comedy magic performance.

Madison R. Wright, a student at Beaver County Christian School, is a daughter of Dr. Matthew and Dana Wright. Her talent is singing.

Maiah L. Yankello, a Central Valley High School student, is a daughter of Thomas and Lee Yankello. Her talent is a speed art presentation.

Maura is a lifelong resident of Beaver County. She graduated from Center High School in 2009, and now lives in Patterson. When she isn’t marketing new technology or writing for YBC, she enjoys spending time with her family, horseback riding, and hanging out with her super cute Cavapoo, Derby. You can follow her on Twitter @mauramendo.