Organizers of Distinguished Young Women of Jackson County are looking for girls going into their senior year to compete in this year’s program.
Applications are due June 1 and are available by contacting the organization’s Facebook page. Girls also should turn in their academic record paperwork to their high school guidance office before the school year ends.
Participants will join together Aug. 4 for the Distinguished Young Women program in the Brownstown Central High School auditorium. They will compete for college scholarships and the opportunity to represent the state as the Distinguished Young Woman of Indiana for 2019.
The program, in its 24th year in Jackson County, is open to the public and will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door for $8.
The young women competing will be evaluated by a panel of five judges in the following categories — scholastics (25 percent), interview (25 percent), talent (20 percent), fitness (15 percent) and self-expression (15 percent).
The winner will advance to the state competition early next year in Kokomo.
The participant selected as the Distinguished Young Woman of Indiana will advance to the 62nd Distinguished Young Women National Finals in June 2019 in Mobile, Alabama. There, she will join 50 other representatives from across the country in competing for cash scholarships and the opportunity to represent the program as the Distinguished Young Woman of America.