MOUNT VERNON — The curtain closed Saturday night on the 2013 Knox County Distinguished Young Women scholarship program held at Memorial Theater. The event was the second night of the annual program that provides scholarships for local high school senior girls.
Olivia Buckingham of East Knox High School was named the 2013 Distinguished Young Woman of Greater Knox County. Alayna Durbin of Danville High School was named the Greater Knox County first runner-up and Emmy Lamb, also of Danville High School, was named the second runner-up.
Alyssa Crow of Mount Vernon High School was named the 2013 Distinguished Young Woman of Central Knox County. Stephanie Fongheiser was named the first runner-up and Niki Kolberg took second runner-up honors.
Buckingham, who sang and played the piano, stated, “I’m really excited and surprised.” She was supported by many in the audience including family, friends and members of her church.
Kathryn Hebenthal, 2012 Greater Knox County Junior Miss, and 2012 Central Knox County Junior Miss Lauren Butterfield assisted with the program Friday and Saturday nights. Saturday the two performed an impressive duet with Hebenthal on piano and Butterfield on the violin.
In her farewell address, Hebenthal praised the program and stated, “It not only recognizes the qualities of the distinguished women, it enhances those qualities.” She also thanked her piano teacher and the program that provided her with a memorable experience.
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