Young ladies in the junior class have the opportunity to learn, practice, and showcase various skills and etiquette to compete for scholarships in the program known as Distinguished Young Women. The girls will be judged on five categories which include scholastics, fitness, self expression, talent, and interview. Seniors Mikayla Schoening, April Radford, and Sloan Strock, who were participants in the program last year, are assuming the leadership roles to help equip these junior girls with the skills and etiquette they need to do well in the competition. Last year, Schoening was named the 2019 Distinguished Young Woman of Sandpoint and was awarded the winning scholarship of $3000. “Being a coach is really fun because you form a bond with the participants and there’s a trust that they form with you and it’s really special,” Schoening said.
When asked what this year’s contestants’ qualities are, Schoening responded with, “The girls this year are amazing with unity. They have all become so close and it’s so cool to see. They also are doing well with the commitment. For the most part, they are always at practices and on time, while being prepared for practices. They’re a really good group of girls.” You can go support these dedicated young women at their program on March 21 beginning at 7pm in the Sandpoint Middle School gym as they perform the skills they’ve been practicing for months for the community. Meet the members of 2020 Distinguished Young Women below.