March 21, 2016 6:00 a.m.
Two juniors from Roseburg High School picked up top honors at the Greater Douglas County Distinguished Young Women’s program on Saturday night.
Cara Painter was named the Distinguished Young Woman of Douglas County while Isabel Jacobsen was selected as the Distinguished Young Woman of the Umpqua Valley. Several hundred people turned out for the event held in the Jacoby Auditorium of Umpqua Community College. A total of $17,000 in scholarship money was given out.
Painter and Jacobsen each receive $4,000 in college scholarship money and will advance to state competition in August. MiKenna Blumenthal was named first runner up with Emily Warren picked as second runner up. They get $1,000 and $800 in scholarship money respectively.
Cara Painter was also the scholastic winner with Alexis Dietrich chosen as the scholastic finalist. Isabel Jacobsen was also the interview winner and the self expression winner. Bekah Reid won the talent category and the Be Your Best Self category. Stella Jacobsen was fitness winner. Olivia Gohman was the spirit winner. Each of these girls will receive between $500 and $1,000 in college scholarship funds.
The national Distinguished Young Women’s program is designed to promote self confidence, interviewing and public speaking skills, academic excellence, fitness and the ability to think and communicate clearly. The program was founded in 1958 and was called America’s Junior Miss until the name was changed in 2010.