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Nine Compete For Distinguished Young Woman Scholarships
Updated May 5, 2013 1:09 AM
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(BEDFORD) - Nine high school senior girls from Bedford North Lawrence and Mitchell high schools will compete for scholarships Saturday during the annual Distinguished Young Woman program.

The program, formerly known as Junior Miss, will award $6,050.

According to Mike Mullis, member of the steering committee, the scholarship amount is $600 less than last year. That is because they have lost a few donors because of a rough economy.

The number of young women seeking the awards is also down.

Mullis says teens are busier and applying for this scholarship does take time and commitment.

Mullis says the girls must fill out the application and write an essay. Participants will be judged on fitness, creative and performing arts, self expression, interview and scholastics.

It's the program's 36th year in Lawrence County. The winner will advance to the state program, which will take place in February in Kokomo.

Last year's winner was Sutton Roach, graduate of Mitchell High School

The winner and finalists will receive the following:

  • Lawrence County Distinguished Young Woman: $2,500
  • First runner-up: $1,200
  • Second runner-up: $600
  • Third runner-up: $300
  • Spirit Award: $250
  • Category awards: 12, each worth $100

The program starts at 6 p.m. at the BNL Performing Arts Center. Tickets cost $5. The event is sponsored by Bedford North Lawrence and Mitchell high schools.

The contestants:

Brittany Blanton is a MHS student. She is the daughter of Jeremy and Amanda Blanton, Kacey Thompson. She plans to attend IU to become a pediatrician.


Gabrielle Godsey is a BNL student. She is the daughter of Andy and Joan Godsey. She is undecided on choice of college.


Emily Karr is a MHS student and the daughter of Shawn and Melody Karr. She plans to study pharmacology at Purdue University.


Mercedes Kruse is a BNL student. Her parents are Jan and Portia Kruse. She plans to study equine science at the University of Kentucky.


Tessa Makximenko is a BNL student. Her parents are Victor and Betsey Makximenko. She plans to study elementary education at Ball State University.


Ivy Murphy is a student at BNL and the daughter of Tim and Velvet Murphy. She plans to study business at Indiana University.


Jocelyn Schlegel is a MHS student and the daughter of Vicky Schlegel. She plans to attend IU Southeast and become a nurse practitioner.


Nicole Taflinger is a student at BNL. She is the daughter of Rick and Leaetta Taflinger she wants to study to become a veterinarian.


Sabrina Yeary is a student at BNL and the daughter of David and Christi Yeary. She plans to study education at IU Southeast.


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