WINCHESTER — Two home-schooled teens walked away with the top prizes in Saturday’s Distinguished Young Women competition, held at Umpqua Community College.

Sarah Blum was named Distinguished Young Woman Douglas County, while Mikenna Fusco was named Distinguished Young Woman Umpqua Valley.

Blum also won the scholastic, interview, self expression and fitness scholarships Saturday, and the talent competition. Fusco was scholastic finalist.

First runner up, who will take over if one of the winners has to step down during her one-year reign, is Darby Schrader of Roseburg High School. Schrader also won the “Be Your Best Self” scholarship, which included an essay competition. Second runner up is Sydney Hruda of Roseburg High School.

The winner of the spirit award, chosen by her fellow contestants, was Kylee Vanassche of Douglas High School.

For the complete story and photos of the competition, see Tuesday’s The News-Review.

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at 541-957-4213 or

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Carisa Cegavske is the senior reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at 541-957-4213 or by email at Follow her on Twitter @carisa_cegavske

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