SMITHFIELD – High school juniors from around Cache Valley will be participating in the Distinguished Young Women of Cache County scholarship program Saturday night at Sky View High School. According to Megan Bagwell, the program’s director, the program is different from other pageants because of its focus on leadership, scholarship and academics.
Bagley said it t helps them participants develop skills they can use beyond high school, such as interviewing for jobs.
“Obviously it gives them a little bit of money for college,” she said. “If they advance to state or the national level they can definitely draw more from that. They develop friendships.”
Saturday’s program is part of a larger, nationwide organization with programs in all 50 states.
On stage, each participant performs a talent, a fitness routine and answers an on-stage question. Each is interviewed by judges off-stage as well. The participants’ academic records are also taken into consideration.
“That is one of the more heavily judged parts of their score,” Bagwell said of academics.
Seven high school juniors will be participating in the program, which starts at 7 p.m. in the Sky View auditorium. Tickets are $8. The winner will compete in the state pageant in Draper next spring.