Aung makes top 10 in state competition


Alexia Aung performs during the talent portion of the state Distinguished Young Woman program. Contributed

KPC News Service

Alexia Aung, a senior at Churubusco High School, finished as a top 10 finalist in the Distinguished Young Woman of Indiana competition that took place in Kokomo Feb. 17.

As a top 10 finalist, Aung was awarded a $500 cash scholarship.

Aung was named the Distinguished Young Woman of Whitley County last August and advanced to the week-long state competition Feb. 11-18. She was among 23 contestants representing local programs. Aung is the third winner from Churubusco in the Whitley County program.

The program’s theme was “We are the World” and performances were held in the Indiana University of Kokomo Havens Auditorium. For the program’s opening, each participant dressed in traditional clothes that represented their culture and greeted the audience in languages from around the world. Aung wore a brightly colored red and gold outfit from Burmese culture.

Attending the competition with Aung were her mother, Christine; sister, Andrea; and coordinators of the local program, Anne Titus and Pamela Thompson.

“Alexia performed so well each night of the competition,” Titus said. “She had a fantastic week at the program with great host home parents, a terrific roommate and she made many friends during the competition.”

Aung is a member of the Era Show Choir and an award winning vocalist for the group. In show choir, she’s twice been named outstanding performer as well as best leader. She also participates in school musicals.

Aung is a member of the National Honor Society and participated in cross country. She volunteers at the Kiddie Academy in Fort Wayne and has volunteered at the Huff 50K Race and the blood drive.

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