Sunday’s Distinguished Young Women 2018 at the Knox County Memorial Theater was a showcase of 17 talented, ambitious and eloquent young women.

Joshua Morrison/News Top winners in the 2018 Ohio’s Distinguished Young Women Scholarship Program are, from left, first runner-up Paige Barnes, Hamilton County,Ohio Distinguished Young Woman, Elizabeth Ohl, Licking County and second runner-up, Alexa Bader, Lucas County. Elizabeth Ohl will compete for scholarships with other young women from around the United States at the national finals in Mobile, Alabama, June 28 to 30.

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Top winners in the 2018 Ohio’s Distinguished Young Women Scholarship Program are, from left, first runner-up Paige Barnes, Hamilton County, Ohio Distinguished Young Woman 2018, Elizabeth Ohl, Licking County and second runner-up, Alexa Bader, Lucas County. Elizabeth Ohl will compete for scholarships with other young women from around the United States at the national finals in Mobile, Alabama, on June 28 to 30. Request this photo

 

 

Ohl named Distinguished Young Woman of Ohio 2018

Sunday’s Distinguished Young Women 2018 at the Knox County Memorial Theater was a showcase of 17 talented, ambitious and eloquent young women.

Read tomorrow’s edition of The Mount Vernon News both in the paper edition and online at mountvernonnews.com for the full recap of this weekend’s DYW events.

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DYW takes time to engage community

Finding a quiet, reflective moment in a packed, nine-hour rehearsal schedule can be quite a challenge, but the 17 participants of the 2018 Distinguished Young Women of Ohio scholarship program found such a moment during a luncheon at Brookdale community living center on Friday afternoon.

Taking a much-needed pause from the show preparations, contestants engaged in lively banter with each other and the residents, as they communed together while discussing life experiences and the upcoming DYW show on Sunday at 2 p.m., at the Memorial Building Theater.

Brookdale resident Elda Dix spoke with DYW contestants Ryann Ramey, Vinton County; Hannah Sabedra, Central Delaware County; and Meredith Lea, Mahoning County and shared her wisdom gained from 95 years of experience.

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DYW bridges generations

MOUNT VERNON — The first 24 hours of the Distinguished Young Women of Ohio Scholarship Program was a flurry of activity for the 17 participants, who finally found 60 minutes to slow their pace while dining with residents of The Living Center Thursday afternoon.

After arriving Wednesday evening, rehearsals began early Thursday morning with a Life Skills workshop and work on the opening routine for the DYW show, which will take place Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Memorial Theater.

Participants spent the hour-long lunch introducing themselves to seniors, sitting with them at the table and then briefly introducing themselves to the entire group, wrapping up lunch for the day.

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17 arrive for shortened DYW

MOUNT VERNON — The distinguished young women have arrived.

Wednesday evening, 17 women from around the state who are participating in the DYW program arrived in Mount Vernon ready for three days of rehearsals followed by Sunday’s show which will be held at the Knox County Memorial Theater at 2 p.m.

The women were first honored with a small medallion ceremony with their parents present. Each participant was called forward to received a medallion from a former state chair of DYW, Rhonda Shappert.