WINCHESTER — Two Roseburg girls were named winners of the Distinguished Young Women Scholarship Program for high school juniors Saturday night at Umpqua Community College.

Heidi Duclos, who attends Geneva Academy in Roseburg, was named Distinguished Young Woman of Douglas County, and Brighid Rickman, of Roseburg High School, won the title of Distinguished Young Woman of the Umpqua Valley.

Both girls won $3,500 in scholarship money for winning, and they advance to the state competition on Aug. 3 at Chemeketa Community College in Salem with a chance to win more scholarships.

First alternate was Naomi Roebuck of Roseburg who received a $1,000 scholarship; second alternate Hailey Kerbo who was awarded $750; and third alternate was Kellee Gearin of Roseburg who won $500 in scholarship money.

Duclos, who was awarded a total of $5,500, said the program has had a big impact on her life.

“I feel great about winning in this program, it’s impacted me in such amazing ways,” Duclos said. “I definitely feel I can improve as a person, and as a violinist and I hope to bring my very best to the state performance.”

Rickman won both scholastic and interview competition but she said she was shocked that she won interview.

“After my interview in the morning I thought it went so poorly, I went home and cried,” Rickman said. “I told my mom there was no point in going to the competition, because I’d already lost, but I wound up winning interview. So obviously, I was way too hard on myself.”

For winning interview, she got an extra $750, plus $1,000 for winning the scholarship category, and $500 for the spirit award, and coupled with the $3,500 for winning DYW of Umpqua Valley, she took home a total of $5,750 in scholarship money.

The local program awarded a total of $17,000 in scholarship money this year, and most of that money was raised by the contestants.

Co-chair Colleen Dennys said the two winners will be good representatives to the state competition, and they’ll begin preparing right away.

“We’ll continue to do our interview practices and hone the talent and working on their fitness routines,” Denny said.

The winner of the state competition will advance to the national program in Mobile, Alabama, in the last week of June 2020.

About 300 people attended the event Saturday night at Jacoby Auditorium.

Reporter Dan Bain can be reached at 541-957-4221 or e-mail at dbain@nrtoday.com.

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Dan Bain is the health reporter for The News-Review. He previously worked at KPIC and 541 Radio.

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