MOUNT VERNON — All 26 Distinguished Young Women of Ohio participants joined together Thursday morning at New Hope Head Start to participate in their community service project for the program. The groups were supposed to be divided into two groups, purple and pink, on Tuesday and two groups, blue and yellow, on Thursday, but due to inclement weather the four were merged together.
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Virgil Shipley/News Emily Messer, Distinguished Young Women participant from Lorain County, interacts with a young boy at New Hope Head Start on Thursday. Buy Now
Emily Weaver/News Ohio Distinguished Young Women contestants prepared for their Thursday evening dress rehearsal for tonight’s evening program. The contestants are, top row, from left, Autumn Watkins, Summer Soltis and Sarah Chipps. Middle row, from left, Alexis Haycock, Kaylee Piatt and Stephanie Gase. Bottom row, from left, Dominique Johnson, Cassandra Gibbs and Lilith Freed. Buy Now
Alan Reed/News Gathering for a photo following a luncheon Thursday at The Alcove with Soroptimist International are participants in the 2014 Distinguished Young Women Scholarship Program, from left, Crysten Moore of Central Montgomery County, Eleanor Smith of Western Franklin County, Soroptimist International President Lee Thomas, Makayla Arnold of Richland County and Leah Brausch of Clinton County. Buy Now