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Nine vying for 2020 DYW title

STANFORD — Nine young women will be competing Saturday night for $21,100 in cash scholarships and the title of 2020 Distinguished Young Woman of Lincoln County.

The Sept. 21 program gets underway at 6:30 p.m. in the Stuart Underwood Auditorium at Lincoln County High School.

The nine senior candidates for the title are: Laura Ferguson, Savannah Hammons, Kennedy Kirkpatrick, Katie Koontz, Sierra Potts, SaraGrace Ramlochan, Lydia Rice, Trinity Shearer and Brayli Steberl.

The Distinguished Young Women (DYW) program is a scholarship competition for high school girls which occurs on the local, state and national levels. The DYW candidates advance based on how they do in the categories of Scholastic Achievement (25 percent), Judges Interview (25 percent), Talent (20 percent), Fitness (15 percent) and Self Expression (15 percent).

This year’s winner will succeed Jessie Wilson, who was the 2019 DYW of Lincoln County.

The winner of the 2020 title will receive a $4,100 cash scholarship. The first runner-up will be awarded a $3,100 cash scholarship, the second runner-up, a $2,100 scholarship and the third runner-up, $1,100.

There will be four winners named in each of the preliminary categories, with the top dollars awarded in Scholastic Achievement and Judges Interview. The overall Scholastic Achievement winner will receive a $1,000 cash scholarship and three scholarships of $500 will be given to the next highest scorers in the category. All four of the Judges Interview preliminary winners will receive a $500 cash scholarship.

The four top Talent winners will each receive a $400 cash scholarship and the four preliminary winners in both Fitness and Self Expression will each receive a $300 cash scholarship.

A Phyllis Cooley Memorial Spirit Award and Jennifer Baker “Be Your Best Self” Memorial Award will also be awarded. Each award is a $600 scholarship.

In addition to the cash scholarships, there is $157,500 in college-offered scholarships available to the DYW candidates.
Tickets for the program are $10.