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The Suburbanite
  • Hoffer selected for Distinguished Young Women Scholarship program

  • The Distinguished Young Women Scholarship Program, formerly Ohio Junior Miss will be held on Feb. 24-25, in Mount Vernon. Representing Summit County will be Alethea S Hoffer of New Franklin.

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  • The Distinguished Young Women Scholarship Program, formerly Ohio Junior Miss will be held on Feb. 24-25, in Mount Vernon. Representing Summit County will be Alethea S Hoffer of New Franklin.
    Twenty-five Ohio high school senior girls will arrive in Mount Vernon Feb. 18. The welcome ceremony is the beginning of a week filled with rehearsals, luncheons with various service organizations, and numerous speaking opportunities.
    This year's program will be Ohio's 54th anniversary with Mount Vernon serving as host city for 39 years. It will also be the first year for the program's new name and brand image - Distinguished Young Women - Scholarship-Leadership-Talent.
    Cash scholarships totaling $18,500 will be awarded to the participants. Approximately $2 million in college scholarships are also awarded in the scholarship program.
    Serving as program emcees will be Dana Ullom-Vucelich and her daughter Jenna Vucelich, who are both past participants of the program.
    Show starts at 8 p.m. Feb. 24 and 7 p.m. Feb. 25.
    The 55th annual Distinguished Young Women National Finals will be held in Mobile, Alabama, in June.
    Tickets are available for Friday and Saturday evening's performances. For information, email ohio@distinguishedyw.org or call 740-399-5116.