Fourteen vie for St. Maries title this Saturday

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Fourteen high school girls will compete for the title of Distinguished Young Women 2018 this weekend.

The program starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at Heyburn Elementary gymnasium. Tickets are $7 per person. Doors open at 9 p.m. This year’s theme is Destination Unknown and will center on travel.

Participants this year are Kaylee Auer, Nancy Becktel, Cassie Blankenship, Margaret Ebert, Claire Edwards, Tayva Hendrickx, Hailey Johnson, Elena Moore, Hunter Morris, Kaylee Nelson, Gracie Nelson, Kyrra Powell, Elizabeth Quigley and Paige Sines. Last year’s winner was Kelsey Auer.

(Back) Hailey Johnson, Claire Edwards, Margaret Ebert, (front) Hunter Morris, Cassie Blankenship, Tayva Hendrickx and Elena Moore watch as other contestants for the Distinguished Young Women program practice their talent during rehearsal April 3. The program is Saturday, April 8. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the opening number at 7 p.m.

(Back) Hailey Johnson, Claire Edwards, Margaret Ebert, (front) Hunter Morris, Cassie Blankenship, Tayva Hendrickx and Elena Moore watch as other contestants for the Distinguished Young Women program practice their talent during rehearsal April 3. The program is Saturday, April 8. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the opening number at 7 p.m.

Girls will compete for scholarships in several categories throughout the evening. During the program, the girls perform an opening number, fitness routine, talent routine and self-expression segment. Contestants are also judged in interview and scholastic categories earlier in the day.

“The girls have been working super hard, and they seem to be a very talented group. It’s going to be a wonderful program, and I hope everyone would come and watch it,” Windy Sotin said.  “The girls have done amazing.”

During the evening, Little Miss participants will also perform on stage for the audience. Twenty-four third and fourth grade girls participated in the program this year. At the end of the evening, the winner and two alternates will be selected.

“We will be awarding $7,500  in scholarship money this year,” Mrs. Sotin said.

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