Two competing for state title of Distinguished Young Woman

Distinguished Young Women of Elkhart Elise Boessler (left) and Distinguished Young Woman of Middlebury (R) Anna Staltari are attending the state preliminaries in Kokomo this week. Boessler attends Concord and Staltari attends Northridge

KOKOMO _ Two young women are representing Elkhart and Middlebury at the 2018 Distinguished Young Woman of Indiana competition in Kokomo this week.

Two local high school seniors will be competing with 21 other young women from across the state, for over $23,000 in cash scholarships.

Elise Boessler, a student at Concord High School, was selected as the 2018 Distinguished Young Woman for Elkhart. She is the daughter of Mark and Tara Boessler. She intends to pursue a career in health law, specifically policy implementation. Her preferred college is Miami University.

Anna Staltari was named the winner of the 2018 Distinguished Young Women-Middlebury title. Staltari, the daughter of Tony and Kate Staltari, is planning to attend Purdue University with the goal of becoming a nurse practitioner or physician assistant.


Sunday was drop off day for the week-long event, with the preliminary competition taking place on Thursday and Friday night at 7 p.m. and the finals are Saturday at 6 p.m. The areas of competition are: Scholastic, Interview, Talent, Fitness and Poise.

Tickets are available at the door. The competition will take place at IU-Kokomo Campus, 2300 S Washington St, Kokomo.

The winner of the state competition will travel to Mobile, Alabama in June to compete for Distinguished Young Woman of America. Anyone interested in the 2019 Elkhart or Middlebury DYW competition, contact Julie Dilorenzo or Rhonda Hochstetler



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