On October 19, Bailey Baker of Parker, Colo. was named the Distinguished Young Woman of Colorado and awarded $1050 in cash scholarships during a statewide scholarship program for high school girls held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Castle Rock, Colo.
Baker was one of six high school senior girls from Colorado who competed to represent the state as the Distinguished Young Woman of Colorado for 2014. Participants were evaluated in the categories of Scholastics (20%), Interview (25%), Fitness (15%), Self-Expression (15%) and Talent (25%).
Jana Arkell, Colorado State Chairperson, said “I was impressed with Bailey throughout our program, from impromptu leadership guiding the girls through one of the routines to hearing her explain the government shutdown to other contestants while prepping for interviews.”
Throughout the next year, Baker will represent the state at various public events and serve as a role model to young people by spreading the program’s national outreach message of “Be Your Best Self.” The outreach program is designed to encourage self-esteem and excellence in all young people through its five principles: Be Healthy, Be Involved, Be Studious, Be Ambitious, and Be Responsible.
Baker is the daughter of Robert (Bob) and Paige Baker and is a senior at Legend High School.
Baker’s father stated that, “Bailey has always wanted to take a family vacation to Alabama. When we opened the program and saw that Nationals is in Alabama, our whole family laughed. We thought maybe Bailey would finally get her trip to Alabama!”
The 56th National Finals will take place on June 26, 27, and 28, 2014, in Mobile, Ala. Baker will travel to Mobile, Ala. along with 49 other state representatives to participate in personal development activities and community service projects before competing for the opportunity to become the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2014 and for additional cash scholarships. Washington’s Nicole Renard, who is attending Chapman University, won the 2013 overall award.
This was the first year that the Colorado State Program was held in Castle Rock. Though the volunteers only had a couple of months to work with donor and sponsors, the business community was very responsive and supportive, as were Castle Rock service organizations. The program looks forward to having Castle Rock be the home of Colorado’s Distinguished Young Women for many years to come.
For more information on Distinguished Young Women of Colorado or to set up an interview with Bailey Baker, please contact Jennifer Tolbert (251-438-3621; Jennifer@DistinguishedYW.org).
About Distinguished Young Women
Founded in 1958 in Mobile, Alabama, Distinguished Young Women is the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls. During its 56 years of operation, the program has provided life-changing experiences for more than 730,000 young women. Last year, Distinguished Young Women provided more than $108 million in cash and college scholarship opportunities to program participants at the local, state and national level. Previously known as America’s Junior Miss, the program announced its new name in June 2010.
The mission of Distinguished Young Women is to positively impact the lives of young women by providing a transformative experience that promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership and talent. National sponsors include the City of Mobile, Mobile County, Barbara Barrington Jones Family Foundation, Encore Rehabilitation, Wintzell’s Oyster House, Alabama Power Foundation, Master Boat Builders, Regions Financial Corporation, and Sirote & Permutt.
For more information about Distinguished Young Women, contact Megan Gunter, National Headquarters Communications Director (251-438-3621, Megan@DistinguishedYW.org) or visit www.DistinguishedYW.org. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.