Distinguished Young Woman to select 2018 winner Aug. 25

COLUMBIA CITY — Alexia Aung, the 2018 winner of the 53rd program of Distinguished Young Woman, will be featured at the 54th DYW program on Saturday, Aug. 25, 7 p.m., in the Newell Rice Auditorium of Columbia City High School.

Aung won the panel interview, fitness and self-expression categories. She also won the Spirit award by the vote of the participants. Her total cash scholarship money was $1,500. Following the local program, Aung competed in the Indiana Distinguished Young Woman Program in February in Kokomo. By virtue of being named a “Top 10” finalist for the title of Indiana’s DYW, Aung received a $500 cash scholarship.

It is expected that Eric DeFreeuw, a former TV personality with 21Alive and Fort Wayne’s NBC, will return to serve again as the emcee of the program.

Admission to the program is $10 for adults and $5 for students K-12. Tickets are sold at the door as there is no reserved seating. Poptique popcorn will be sold at this year’s program with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the scholarship account of the local program at the Community Foundation of Whitley County.

The local DYW program is operated by an all-volunteer board of directors: they are new board members, Robin More and Dr. Emily Berning (Whitley County Junior Miss in 2008) and fellow board members Denice Spencer, Amanda Dillon, Dr. Jeffrey Brookes, Cathie Petrie, John Petrie, Debra Wilkinson, Stephanie Smyth, Cindy Hart and Shari Bowyer. Program assistants are Mark Ellis, Keith Gilbert and Madison More. Coordinators of the program are Anne Titus and Pamela Thompson.

Any individual wishing to donate to the scholarship fund of DYW of Whitley County may contact the Community Foundation of Whitley County.

For more information about the program, call 244-7467.

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