High school seniors from across Oklahoma will compete for a share of college scholarships at the Distinguished Young Women of Oklahoma on July 28, 2012, at 7 p.m. at the Bartlesville Community Center.
Six young ladies will compete for the title of Distinguished Young Woman of Oklahoma and the opportunity to represent the state at the Distinguished Young Women National Finals in Mobile, AL, in June, 2013. The young woman who is selected will win cash scholarships and college-granted scholarships to colleges and universities across the country.
The contestants for this year’s program are:
Madison Beth Russell , DYW of Kingfisher County
Madison is the daughter of Bert and Gerri Russell. She attends Hennessey High School and is active in the First Baptist Church of Hennessey, choir, and school yearbook design. Her volunteer work includes assisting with Vacation Bible School, a mission trip to Mexico, and sponsor a girls’ lock in at church. Madison’s talent is a piano/vocal to “Paradise”.
Anna Victoria Condacse, DYW of Payne County
Anna is the daughter of Vlad and Anne-Marie Condacse. She attends Stillwater High School and is active in Spanish and Science Club, Beta Club, and Rotary Club. She volunteers for the Payne County Youth Services Fundraising Dinner, Stillwater Group Homes Valentine's Day Party, and Beta Buddies. Anna’s talent is a Fine Arts/Painting to “Oklahoma Rising”.
Katherine Elizabeth Singleton , DYW of Chickasha
Katherine is the daughter of Kendall and Jo Singleton. She attends Chickasha High School and is active in Varsity Pom Squad, FFA speech competitions, and vocal competitions. Her volunteer work includes Festival of Lights Volunteer, Heart of Christmas Meals, and USAO Sr. Project performance. Katherine’s talent is a dance performance to “Popular”.
Lauren Nichole Bynum, DYW of Pawnee
Lauren is the daughter of Keenan Bynum and Pam McGaha. She attends Pawnee High School and is active in Lady Bear Basketball, FCA, and the softball team. She volunteers as a Little League Umpire, Assembly of God arts group, and Cleaning up the Community. Lauren’s talent is a vocal performance to “Hero”.
Rachel Lynn Wittenbach, DYW of Bartlesville
Rachel is the daughter of Paul and Paula Wittenbach. She attends Bartlesville High School and is active in Bartlesville Bruin Brigade, Spanish Club, and Art Club. Her volunteer work includes Summer Foreign Missions, First Baptist Church Impact Youth Ministry Leader, and Super Summer. Rachel will perform an instrumental flute solo to “Tambourin”.
Hayden Taylor Coffee , DYW of Vian
Hayden is the daughter of Logan and Jana Coffee. She attends Vian High School and is active in varsity cheerleader, student council, and Spanish and Art Clubs. She volunteers for homecoming/prom committees, Noonday-VHS Christian Organization, and yearbook staff. Hayden will perform a lyrical dance to “Born To Be Somebody”.
Each contestants’ scores in the various categories are weighted according to the following percentages: scholarship (20 percent); judges’ interview (25 percent); talent (25 percent); fitness (15 percent); and self-expression (15 percent). Tickets for the program are available at the Bartlesville Community Center and may be purchased in advance by calling 918-336-2787.
For more information on DYW, visit the DYW website at www.dyw.org.