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Uhlenkott takes on local DYW title

Grangeville High School Hailey Uhlenkott is seen here in the opening number of the June 6 Distinguished Young Women of the Camas Prairie program.

Photo by Lorie Palmer
Grangeville High School Hailey Uhlenkott is seen here in the opening number of the June 6 Distinguished Young Women of the Camas Prairie program.



A change in pace — make that a change in face — is in store for Distinguished Young Women of the Camas Prairie.

First runner-up Hailey Uhlenkott of Grangeville has taken on the title and will represent the Camas Prairie at the state competition.

“Due to a scheduling conflict with the state program that we were unaware of, Tianna Leitch of Nezperce has chosen to forfeit her title,” explained DYW organizer Kim Johnson.

Leitch is the state president for HOSA (Health Occupations Student Association) and was already slated to attend the national convention in Washington, D.C., before participating in the Distinguished Young Woman Program. The DYW state program was moved from November to Sept. 17-19 in Pocatello, and that presented a conflict that she was unable to resolve.

Uhlenkott will take over the title of the 2016 Distinguished Young Woman of the Camas Prairie and represent the area at the state program, while Leitch will head to D.C. to represent Idaho at the HOSA National Convention. Uhlenkott is the daughter of Jeff Uhlenkott and Monica Walker, both of Grangeville. She will be a senior at Grangeville High School this fall. Her talent was tap dance.

Uhlenkott will receive the $1,000 DYW scholarship, along with the scholarships she won for the talent portion of the program, for a total of $1,650 in scholarship money. Leitch will be allowed to keep her category scholarships for the scholastics, interview, fitness and self expression, for a total of $600 in scholarship money.

“We are incredibly proud of both of these outstanding young ladies and wish them the best as they both work to represent our communities and our state in the coming months,” Johnson added.



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