Bearden named DYW 2018; Gomez is runner-up

The Distinguished Young Woman of the Camas Prairie program was held at Grangeville High School June 3. Winner of the 2018 title is Anastasia Bearden. She is seen here (top, left) singing in the talent portion of the competition.

The Distinguished Young Woman of the Camas Prairie program was held at Grangeville High School June 3. Winner of the 2018 title is Anastasia Bearden. She is seen here (top, left) singing in the talent portion of the competition.

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— Six Grangeville High School juniors competed for the title of 2018 Distinguished Young Woman of the Camas Prairie Saturday night, June 3, at GHS, with a theme of “A Salute to Our Troops.”

Winner of the title and $500 scholarship was Anastasia Bearden, daughter of Chris and Nancy Bearden. She is a dual enrolled home-school and GHS student.

“Every one of these girls up here is amazing and deserving,” said Marissa Kennedy, 2017 DYW of the Camas Prairie.

Runner-up was Brenda Gomez, daughter of Joel and Teodora Gomez. She won a $250 college scholarship and also won the physical fitness award ($100).

Bearden also walked away with the talent scholarship ($100) for her vocal and guitar rendition of “Hallelujah.” She also won the scholastic ($150), interview ($150) and self-expression ($100) awards.

The spirit award ($100), voted on by her peers, went to Olivia Kazella, daughter of Steve and Ildi Kazella.

Also participating were Kyra Arnzen, Kaycee Hodges and Hannah Forsyth.

“These girls were all extremely talented and worthy of winning,” said organizer Kim Johnson. “I am so proud of them for stepping up and participating this year.”

Program directors are Johnson and her mother, Susan Johnson. Emcees were 2017 Mrs. Spokane Lauri Pounder and her husband, Quentin. Entertainment was provided by Olivia Kennedy, Miss Middleton 2017 and DYW of Southern Maryland 2015; Marissa Kennedy; Zach Baldwin; and Ginny Cash. Also in attendance were 2015 and 2016 DYW of the Camas Prairie, Kristin Kaschmitter and Hailey Uhlenkott, respectively.

Bearden will spend the year representing the Camas Prairie and will compete at the state event in Idaho Falls this October.

All participants in the program – whether or not they won any local categories — are eligible to apply for additional scholarships for their efforts in the event.

Girls across the Camas Prairie who will be juniors this fall can call 758-6460 or 413-8428 for program details.

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