Brooklyn Burns was selected as the 2024 Distinguished Young Woman of Vinton County as the result of a program conducted Saturday evening, Sept. 15, at Vinton County High School.
Brooklyn received a $2,000 cash scholarship and will represent the Vinton County program in the Distinguished Young Women of Ohio program to be held in Marysville, Ohio this November. The State winner will advance to a National Contest in June 2024 in Mobile, Alabama.
Parker Mock was selected as this year’s Distinguished Young Woman of Vinton County Runner-Up and $1,000 scholarship recipient. The three other candidates were Ella Graham, Emma Davidson and Olivia Salyer. All five candidates are seniors at Vinton County High School.
Each of the five candidates received a Be Your Best Self Award and a $100 scholarship for their hard work, dedication and participation in the program.
This year’s Spirit of Distinguished Young Women award winner and recipient of a $350 scholarship was Ella Graham.
Each of the category winners in the local program received $150 scholarships as a runner-up and a $300 scholarship for being the category winner. Category selections for the 2024 program includes:
Self-Expression: Winner – Parker Mock; Runner-Up – Ella Graham.
Talent: Winner – Parker Mock; Runner-Up – Brooklyn Burns.
Fitness: Winner – Parker Mock; Runner-Up – Brooklyn Burns.
Interview: Winner – Brooklyn Burns; Runner-Up – Parker Mock.
Scholastics: Winner – Olivia Salyer; Runner-Up – Emma Davidson.
Founded in 1958, Distinguished Young Women is a free program that encourages participants to reach their full individual potential. Its mission is to empower young women by providing over $1 billion in scholarship opportunities, connecting with a nationwide network of women developing their self-confidence, and participating in Life Skills Workshops that prepare them for success after high school.