MOUNT VERNON — Saturday night’s Distinguished Young Women scholarship program concluded with tears and warm embraces among the 2013 participants. No one shed more tears perhaps than Ohio’s Distinguished Young Woman of 2013 Julia Shappert of Pickaway County, but they were tears of joy.
Her delight was shared by first runner-up Alyssa Crow, representing Central Knox County, and second runner-up Julia Maxwell of Southern Richland County. Crow received a $2,500 scholarship and Maxwell received a $1,250 scholarship.
In the talent portion of the program, Shappert sang “Show Off” from Broadway’s “The Drowsy Chaperone.” She is Ohio’s 55th representative in the scholarship program, and she took home a $5,000 scholarship. She will go on to represent Ohio at the National Finals in June in Mobile, Ala.
“When I got the first award, and then another one, especially for talent; and then, when I didn’t get called for runner-up, it hit me,” said Shappert, “I can’t believe the Lord is blessing me with this. I am so honored right now. This program is absolutely stellar and I got to meet 22 wonderful women.”
The 23 participants were escorted on stage at the beginning of the program by their host fathers. The young women introduced themselves and their host father and their host mother who were seated in the audience.
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