Distinguished Young Women OF Kansas

is part of a national scholarship program that promotes and rewards scholastics, leadership and talent in young women. Earn scholarships for higher education, personally develop through the DYW Life Skills Workshops, and make new friends from around the state.

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Harper Smith
Distinguished Young Woman of Kansas for 2024
State Program Information

Class of 2024 Program

November 4, 2023

Blair Center for the Arts
1310 19th St
Belleville, KS

Life-Changing Experience

College scholarships are awarded at the state level and millions in college-granted scholarships are available nationally. The state representative will advance to the national program for the opportunity to compete for cash tuition scholarships. To participate, you must be entering your senior year of high school, but you can and should apply ahead of time! Participants are evaluated in the areas of: scholastics, interview, talent, self-expression, and fitness.

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2024 Distinguished Young Woman of Kansas

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Harper Smith
University PreferenceBelmont University
Career GoalVocal Performance and Business

2024 Distinguished Young Woman of Kansas

Photo of Harper Smith
Harper Smith

University Preference
Belmont University

Career Goal
Vocal Performance and Business

National Honor Society Member/4.0 Honor Roll/Academic Letter2023 Dole Institute of Politics Youth Civic Leadership Institute (YCLI)2023 Belmont University Summer Vocal Arts Intensive 2022 Honor Choir USA (Hawaii) / KC Starlight (Theatre) Starlight Stars 2021 All-State District Choir / Kansas State University Summer Choral InstituteKSHSAA State Music -- Vocal Solo (1 Rating, 2023, 2022, 2021)/Music LetterKSHSAA 3A State Speech and Drama -- Prose (6th Place, 2023) -- Serious Solo Acting (8th Place, 2022) (9th Place, 2021)/Forensics Letter2023 Big 7 League Speech and Drama -- Serious Solo Acting (1st Place, 2023, 2022) (2nd Place, 2021) -- Prose (1st Place, 2023)2022 VFW Post 7285 Voice of Democracy Scholarship Award2021, 2022, 2023 Burlington Tournament Academic Team (4.0)

Student Council PresidentStudents Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) PresidentPhotography Assistant with Mary Bell StudiosSHS Musical and Drama Productions Lead Actor and ChoreographerSpeech and Drama (Forensics) Varsity Cheer Squad CaptainStudio 1 Dance Center Competition Dance TeamKansas Association of Youth (KAY) Club Board MemberSabetha Methodist Church Praise Team LeaderRainbow Communications Youth Advisory Council Member

Nemaha County United 4 Youth Student Leadership Council/VolunteerSabetha Methodist Church Tech Booth VolunteerGrains for HopeMonthly Seatbelt Checks at Schools with Local Law EnforcementLocal Food Pantry and Harvesters Volunteer

2024 State Participants

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Lacie Duvall
University PreferenceCCCC
Career GoalNursing
TalentSinging And Signing
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Lucina Eubanks
University PreferenceCCCC and WSU
Career GoalLaw Enforcement/Psychologist
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Emma Hubert
University PreferenceTabor/Kansas State
Career GoalElementary Special Education Teacher
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Mya Morris
University PreferenceBethel
Career GoalNursing
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Sheila Njiru
CityOverland Park
University PreferenceUndecided
Career GoalMasters Of Business Administration, Industrial Organizational Psychology Degree
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Harper Smith
University PreferenceBelmont University
Career GoalVocal Performance And Business
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Brinna Stephens
University PreferenceUniversity of Nebraska - Lincoln
Career GoalFind A Career Within The Arts
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