Be Bold and Go for the Gold!

Soriah Lunt

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About two hundred hours later, over three hundred dollars poorer, and after more costume changes than could be counted, the 2017 Caribou County contest of Distinguished Young Women came to a dramatic close.  With over $10,550 in scholarships, the five contestants walked away with quite a chunk of money.  The purpose of Distinguished Young Women (DYW), formerly Junior Miss, is to “positively impact the lives of young women by providing a transformative experience that promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership and talent.”  Danielle Clegg, last year’s Caribou County Distinguished Young Woman, says, “I love how [DYW] gives a different perspective and is a new outlet away from everyday life.  I love looking back and seeing the depth that I gained from participating.”  The young women, all juniors in high school, competed in several different categories to receive the best scholarships available.  The five categories are as follows: Scholastics (25% of the overall score), Interview (25%), Talent (20%), Fitness (15%), and Self-Expression (15%).  Caitlyn Mickelson, winner of the Talent portion, exclaimed, “I was so excited to share my talent…This was the part of the program that I could be all alone on the stage…I could express myself without the influence of others!”  In addition to earning incredible scholarships, participants in DYW gain an unforgettable experience.  Haylee Hill, last year’s 2nd attendant, encourages girls of all ages to strive to participate in the program.  She says, “Do it!  You learn amazing skills that I still use today.  It helps you to feel confident in yourself!”  In addition, Meghan McCulloch, 2017 Distinguished Young Woman of Caribou County, emphatically states, “I could try to convince you all day, but ultimately it is your decision to join DYW!  Do it if you want to better yourself, challenge yourself, and if you want to be a part of something amazing!”  Meghan will advance to the state competition this summer in Idaho Falls to compete against forty other young women for the state title of Distinguished Young Woman.

Awards:

Be Your Best Self Award ($600 scholarship) – Tyler Erickson; Jaycee Young

Fitness Award ($500 scholarship) – Jordyn Naef; Meghan McCulloch

Self-Expression Award ($500 scholarship) – Meghan McCulloch; Jordyn Naef

Talent Award ($700 scholarship) – Caitlyn Mickelson; Meghan McCulloch

Scholastic Achievement Award ($700 scholarship) – Meghan McCulloch; Jordyn Naef

Interview Award ($700 scholarship) – Jordyn Naef; Meghan McCulloch

First Runner Up ($1250 scholarship) – Jordyn Naef

Distinguished Young Woman of Caribou County ($1900 scholarship) – Meghan McCulloch

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