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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