Statewide scholarship program awarded more than $15,000 in cash scholarships to participants
Mobile, Ala. (October 24, 2012) - On October 6, Natalie Stoker of Idaho Falls, Idaho was named the Distinguished Young Woman of Idaho and awarded $6,050 in cash scholarships during a statewide scholarship program for high school girls held at the Idaho Falls Civic Auditorium in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Stoker was one of 36 high school senior girls from Idaho who competed to represent the state as the Distinguished Young Woman of Idaho for 2013. Participants were evaluated in the categories of Scholastics (20%), Interview (25%), Fitness (15%), Self-Expression (15%) and Talent (25%).
Throughout the next year, Stoker 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.
Stoker is the daughter of Lance and Darlene Stoker and is a senior at Idaho Falls High School.
The 56th National Finals will take place on June 27, 28, and 29, 2013, in Mobile, Ala. Stoker 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 2013 and for additional cash scholarships. North Carolina’s Christina Maxwell, who is attending the University of Michigan, won the 2012 overall award.
For more information on Distinguished Young Women of Idaho or to set up an interview with Natalie Stoker, please contact Brian Hanson (208-557-4060; Idaho@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, Wintzell’s Oyster House, Encore Rehabilitation, SPANX, Mobile Gas: A Sempra Company, Regions Bank, Alabama Power Foundation, and Master Boat Builders.
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