Elkhart women to compete for Distinguished Young Woman title

    Eighteen women will compete for the 2015 title in Elkhart’s Distinguished Young Women program.

    Posted on Aug. 8, 2014 at 12:44 p.m.

    Eighteen women will compete in the 2015 Distinguished Young Women of Elkhart scholarship competition Saturday, Aug. 16.

    The Elkhart program is part of a national competition that awards women scholarships for five categories of competition: academics, fitness, talent, poise and an interview.

    The Elkhart program will award more than $13,000 in scholarships this year to high school students. The top contestant will compete in Kokomo in February for the Distinguished Young Woman of Indiana title.

    Last year’s Elkhart winner, Elkhart Central grad Christine Medin, was also chosen to represent Indiana at the national Distinguished Young Women competition in Mobile, Ala., last June. She’ll be a special guest at the Aug. 16 competition.

    Miss Indiana 2011 Jackie (Jerlecki) Sharpley and her husband Evan will also be featured at the event.

    The Elkhart Distinguished Young Women competition starts at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at Concord High School. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

    Admission is $10 a person, and children under three years old get in free. Tickets can be purchased from contestants or by calling 574-214-3404.

    The women competing are:

    Catherine Anagnos

    Parents: Dean and Natalie Anagnos

    School: Elkhart Central

    College: Ball State University

    Career/major: Journalism, political science

    Talent: Piano

    Sponsor: Randy and Donna Reichard


    Baylie Queener

    Parents: Matt and Toni Queener

    School: Concord

    College: DePaul University

    Career/major: Marketing, graphic design

    Talent: Dance

    Sponsor: Indiana Ultimate


    Gabriella Lucchese

    Parents: Pat and Mary Lucchese

    School: Marion

    College: US Naval Academy, Indiana University

    Career/major: Nuclear engineering, research, neuroscience

    Talent: Piano and vocal

    Sponsor: Dr. Rick and Cindy Burns


    Sarah Lindholm

    Parents: Mark and Lisa Lindholm

    School: Elkhart Central

    College: Undecided

    Career/major: Veterinary medicine

    Talent: Vocal

    Sponsor: Natural Health Family Chiropractic


    Lexi Jacobs

    Parents: Steve and Meredith Eells

    School: Elkhart Central

    College: Trine University

    Career/major: Criminal psychology

    Talent: Monologue

    Sponsor: Steve Gourmet Confections and Kimi Hair Designs


    Shelby Mecklenburg

    Parents: George and Lauri Mecklenburg

    School: Elkhart Central

    College: Undecided

    Career/major: Athletic training

    Talent: Dance

    Sponsor: Data Safe


    Hannah Taylor

    Parents: John and Lisa Taylor

    School: Concord

    College: Champlain College

    Career/major: Media photography, international relations

    Talent: Instrument

    Sponsor: Dr. Carla Mishler


    Erin “Nikki” Perillo

    Parent: Rita Perillo

    School: Concord

    College: Full Sail University

    Career/major: Make-up artist, cosmetologist

    Talent: Monologue

    Sponsor: Simonton Lake Drive-In


    Mackinzie Coleman

    Parents: Steve and Pam Coleman

    School: Concord

    College: IPFW

    Career/major: Interior design

    Talent: Dance and tumble

    Sponsor: Dr. Jeffery Steele


    Staysha Asoera

    School: Elkhart Central

    Parents: Cien Asoera and Angela Gonzalez

    College: Indiana University or Ball State

    Career/major: Music Production and Business

    Talent: Flute

    Sponsor: Elkhart Luncheon Optimist Club


    Amanda Dibley

    Parents: Steve and Rochelle Dibley

    School: Elkhart Central

    College: Undecided

    Career/major: Psychology

    Talent: Basketball

    Sponsor: Troyer Products


    Abby Weaver

    Parents: Doug and Julie Weaver

    School: Elkhart Memorial

    College: Purdue, Manchester or Brown Universities

    Career/major: Fashion design, marketing

    Talent: Dance

    Sponsor: AMG, Inc.


    Aubrey Castleman

    Parents: Mike Castleman and Katy Bressler

    School: Elkhart Central

    College: University of Chicago

    Career/major: French, art studies

    Talent: Monologue

    Sponsor: Century Foam and Regal Mold & Die, Inc.


    Alexandra Downs

    Parents: Mike and Shannon Downs

    School: Elkhart Central

    College: University of North Carolina

    Career/major: Pediatric oncology

    Talent: Ballet

    Sponsor: American Technology


    Shelby Thompson

    Parents: David and Melanie Thompson

    School: Concord

    College: IUSB

    Career/major: Choral director, interior design

    Talent: Vocal and ukulele

    Sponsor: David’s Duct Cleaning


    Keonna Clopton

    Parents: Casey and Kim Clopton

    School: Concord

    College: Indiana University

    Career/major: Business, fashion design

    Talent: Monologue

    Sponsors: Michael’s Italian Resturant


    Addison Housand

    Parents: Tom and Kirsten Housand

    School: Marion

    College: Indiana University

    Career/major: Pre-med, psychology

    Talent: Vocal

    Sponsors: Pay Choice


    Chloe Riley

    Parents: Clyde and Carla Riley

    School: Concord 

    College: Indiana University

    Career/major: Dentist

    Talent: Monologue

    Sponsor: Barnes Chiropractic

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