Thursday, October 2, 2014


(Left to right) Lexi Jacobs, Third runner-up; Amanda Dibley, First runner-up; Alex Downs, Winner of DYW; Shelby Thompson, Second runner-up; Gabriella Luuchese, Fourth runner-up (Nico Valentijn/Photo Supplied)

Contestant Alexandra Downs is introduced. Eighteen women competed in the 2015 Distinguished Young Women of Elkhart scholarship competition at Concord High School on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (James Buck / Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Contestant Sarah Lindholm is introduced. Eighteen women competed in the 2015 Distinguished Young Women of Elkhart scholarship competition at Concord High School on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (James Buck / Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Contestant Gabriella Lucchese is introduced. Eighteen women competed in the 2015 Distinguished Young Women of Elkhart scholarship competition at Concord High School on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (James Buck / Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Contestant Baylie Queener is introduced. Eighteen women competed in the 2015 Distinguished Young Women of Elkhart scholarship competition at Concord High School on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (James Buck / Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Contestant Catherine Anagnos is introduced. Eighteen women competed in the 2015 Distinguished Young Women of Elkhart scholarship competition at Concord High School on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (James Buck / Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Miss Indiana 2011 Jackie (Jerlecki) Sharpley and her husband Evan host the event. Eighteen women competed in the 2015 Distinguished Young Women of Elkhart scholarship competition at Concord High School on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (James Buck / Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Contestant Chloe Riley is introduced. Eighteen women competed in the 2015 Distinguished Young Women of Elkhart scholarship competition at Concord High School on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (James Buck / Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Contestant Addison Housand is introduced. Eighteen women competed in the 2015 Distinguished Young Women of Elkhart scholarship competition at Concord High School on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (James Buck / Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Contestant Keonna Clopton is introduced. Eighteen women competed in the 2015 Distinguished Young Women of Elkhart scholarship competition at Concord High School on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (James Buck / Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Contestant Shelby Thompson is introduced. Eighteen women competed in the 2015 Distinguished Young Women of Elkhart scholarship competition at Concord High School on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (James Buck / Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Contestant Aubrey Castleman is introduced. Eighteen women competed in the 2015 Distinguished Young Women of Elkhart scholarship competition at Concord High School on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (James Buck / Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Contestant Abby Weaver is introduced. Eighteen women competed in the 2015 Distinguished Young Women of Elkhart scholarship competition at Concord High School on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (James Buck / Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Contestant Amanda Dibley is introduced. Eighteen women competed in the 2015 Distinguished Young Women of Elkhart scholarship competition at Concord High School on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (James Buck / Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Contestant Staysha Asoera is introduced. Eighteen women competed in the 2015 Distinguished Young Women of Elkhart scholarship competition at Concord High School on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (James Buck / Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Contestant Mackinzie Coleman is introduced. Eighteen women competed in the 2015 Distinguished Young Women of Elkhart scholarship competition at Concord High School on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (James Buck / Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Contestant Erin ÒNikkiÓ Perillo is introduced. Eighteen women competed in the 2015 Distinguished Young Women of Elkhart scholarship competition at Concord High School on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (James Buck / Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Contestant Hannah Taylor is introduced. Eighteen women competed in the 2015 Distinguished Young Women of Elkhart scholarship competition at Concord High School on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (James Buck / Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Contestant Shelby Mecklenburg is introduced. Eighteen women competed in the 2015 Distinguished Young Women of Elkhart scholarship competition at Concord High School on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (James Buck / Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Contestant Lexi Jacobs is introduced. Eighteen women competed in the 2015 Distinguished Young Women of Elkhart scholarship competition at Concord High School on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (James Buck / Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)
Alexandra Downs named Elkhart's 2015 Distinguished Young Woman
Posted on Aug. 17, 2014 at 2:47 p.m.

ELKHART — After 18 women showcased their talents and personalities during the 2015 Distinguished Young Women of Elkhart program on Saturday, Aug. 16, at Concord High School, Alexandra Downs was named the winner.

Alexandra, of Elkhart Central, was awarded $2,500 in cash scholarships. Alex will attend University of North Carolina to study pediatric oncology, Julie Dilorenzo, executive director for Elkhart’s Distinguished Young Women, said.

In addition, Alex advanced to the state level and will attend the 2015 Indiana Distinguished Young Women program next February in Kokomo, Dilorenzo said.

The program has five components, including academics, fitness, talent, poise and an interview.

For her talent, Alex performed a ballet routine, Dilorzeno said.

Joining Alex among the top five were first runner-up Amanda Dibley, second runner-up Shelby Thompson, third-runner up Lexi Jacobs and fourth runner-up Gabby Lucchese, Dilorenzo said.

Shelby also took home the Talent award and Gabby was honored with the Poise award.

“Shelby actually sang an original song and played along on the ukulele,” Dilorenzo said. “It was really cute.”

More than $13,000 was awarded in cash scholarships to the winners during this year’s program.