Nine students, all high school juniors, will compete in the 2014 Distinguished Young Women of Douglas County scholarship program at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Rose Theatre at Roseburg High School.
Formerly called Central Douglas County Junior Miss, the program offers young women an opportunity to vie for scholarships and the title of Distinguished Young Woman of Greater Douglas County or Distinguished Young Woman of the Umpqua Valley.
Contestants are judged in five categories: personal interview, 25 percent; talent, 25 percent; scholastic achievement, 20 percent; self-expression, 15 percent; and fitness, 15 percent.
The two Douglas County winners will compete Aug. 2 in the Distinguished Young Women of Oregon program in Salem. Since 1958, Douglas County has had six contestants who won the Oregon title and advanced to the national level.
Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at Leap of Faith Dance Center, Logger’s Gourmet Pizza, Hanson Jewelers, While Away Books and Makena Beach in Roseburg, at Tolly’s in Oakland. Tickets will be available at the Rose Theatre on the evening of the event.
The winners will receive $2,000 scholarships from the Distinguished Young Women program and $500 scholarships from Umpqua Community College.
The program also awards a $1,000 scholarship to the first runner-up and a $500 scholarship to the second runner-up. In addition, it gives scholarships of $500 for the winners in the interview, scholastic and talent categories, and $250 for self-expression, fitness and spirit.
The nine participants and their schools and talents are:
Sianna Delia Casey, Roseburg High School, will perform a vocal presentation of a show tune.
Haylie Corryne Ellison, Roseburg High School, will give a visual presentation by painting.
Christina Marie Kelley, South Umpqua High School, will perform a contemporary song.
Alaina Le àndra Martinez, Roseburg High School, will perform a dance and tumbling routine.
Marissa Anne Morrow, Roseburg High School, will sing.
Sierra Nicole Olson, Roseburg High School, will sing.
Kristen Marie Sterner, Roseburg High School, will dance.
Jazmyne Rene Strohm, Roseburg High School, will perform a cheer and dance routine.
Magdalena Jean Swartzendruber, Oregon Connections Academy, will translate a song into American Sign Language.