By Bernie Franulovich
Front Row (left to right): Megan Daugherty, Faithe Gray, Marie Nakada
Back Row (left to right): Madison Pope, Alyssa Hampton, Cheyenne Mathews, Talia Bowles, Kiana Wood, Anika Mudge, Brenna Rollman
Kayhi senior Cheyenne Mathews won the annual Distinguished Young Women competition last week in Ketchikan. Three Ketchikan seniors participated in the competition, Madison Pope, Megan Daugherty, and Mathews along with six other girls from around Alaska.
The Distinguished Young Women Program is more than a pageant, with emphasis on academics, confidence, leadership, and talents. The candidates competed in five categories: interview, self expression, talent, scholastics, and fitness. There are also two additional $500 essay scholarships from Rotary 2000 on the topic ‘Service above Self’ and from PEO Chapter A&H ‘Be Your Best Self’, and another $500 scholarship from GCI for whichever candidate best embodies DYW’s ‘Be Your Best Self’ Spirit.
Cheyenne Mathews won the overall competition as well as the interview, self expression, talent, and scholastics portions. The awards for winning the overall competition include a 2-year tuition scholarship to any University of Alaska campus and a $1,250 cash scholarship, as well as $500 for every category that she won. Mathew’s overall cash scholarships from the event totaled $3,250.
Mathews’ is involved in numerous activities around Kayhi including being the Student Body Association President and a Co-Chair of the Youth Advisory Committee to the Forest Service.
She is planning on attending the University of Alaska Anchorage next year to major in journalism and political science, as well as participate in the Seawolf Debate Program. Madison Pope won a $500 scholarship for winning the fitness portion of the competition, as well as being the 2nd runner up and winning $750.
Pope is also very active at Kayhi, she’s on the Kayhi Dance Team, President of Pep Club, and is in National Honor Society. Pope hopes to attend University of Portland to pursue a communications and a dance career.
Alyssa Hampton, who attends Dimond High School, was the 1st runner up winning $1,000, and won the spirit portion of the competition taking away $1,500 from the event. Hampton plans on becoming a neuropathologist in her future.
Anika Mudge, from Nenana, was 3rd runner up winning $500 and the ‘Be Your Best Self’ Essay, with a total scholarship of $1,000. Mudge also hopes to attend UAA and pursue music education.
Hutchison’s Kiana Wood won the ‘Service Above Self’ essay ($500), and hopes to attend George Fox University for nursing.
Last year’s winner was Maire Nakada from Anchorage, won both the state and national competition. The last winners from Ketchikan were Emma Scott in 2013, and Aimee McClory in 2007.
Mathews will be traveling to Mobile, Alabama in June to compete for more scholarships at the national level.
Competitors in DYW:
- Talia Bowles – West Anchorage High School
- Alyssa Hampton – A.J. Dimond High School
- Brenna Rollman – Eagle River High School
- Kiana Wood – Hutchison High School
- Anika Mudge – Nenana City Public High School
- Faithe Fray – Metlakatla High School
- Madison Pope – Ketchikan High School
- Cheyenne Mathews – Ketchikan High School
- Megan Daugherty – Ketchikan High School