State DYW contest opens Thursday

IDAHO FALLS – The Idaho Distinguished Young Woman (DYW) contest is this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Idaho Falls Civic Auditorium. The contest begins each evening at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person per evening or a ticket for each of the three evening performances can be purchased for $25.
Tickets can be purchased at the box office.
Four distinguished young ladies will represent Bingham County in this contest.
·         Miko Toussaint represents Blackfoot.
·         Malia Saupan represents Snake River.
·         Aspen Poulson represents Aberdeen.
·         Shannon Christensen represents Firth and Shelley.
Forty participants are seeking the medallion that will be awarded to Miss Distinguished Young Woman Idaho.
The contestants will spend this week preparing for the competitions on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
All participants are interviewed by the judges on Wednesday. Each participant will compete on stage on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, the top 10 competitors will perform again.
The Idaho DYW winner will be announced Saturday evening at the conclusion of the program.
The national competition takes place in October.
The Bingham County representatives were all excited about meeting new girls and making new friends.
“I want to thank the community for their support of my service project,” said Blackfoot DYW Toussaint.
People donated 2,220 pairs of shoes that will eventually go to Ecuador and Africa.
Toussaint’s talent is dance.
“I’m prepared and I’m also nervous,” said Snake River DYW Saupan.
Saupan’s talent is piano.
“I’m so scared but I’m excited about the interview portion of the competition, being able to talk to the judges,” said Aberdeen DYW Poulson.
Poulson will sing “Don’t Rain on my Parade” from Funny Girl for her talent.
Firth/Shelley DYW Christensen will present a piano solo for her talent.
Founded in 1958, Distinguished Young Woman (formerly Junior Miss) is the oldest and largest national scholarship program for high school girls.
Many participants leave the program with scholarships to help them with their college educations, but all of them walk away with friendships, life skills and increased self-confidence.
Distinguished Young Women strives to give every young woman the opportunity to further her education and prepare for a successful future.