Distinguished Young Women

Event details

  • Saturday | May 1, 2021
  • 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • *virtual* North Middle School Auditorium N88 W16750 Garfield Dr. Menomonee Falls WI 53051

Class of 2022 participants above:  Katelyn Amen, Morgan Becker, Siya Mahajan, Paige Lillegard, and Kylie Kenny. Photo courtesy of Cline Design Photography

Five Menomonee Falls High School Juniors participated in the virtual 57th Annual Distinguished Young Women Program this past weekend. It may not have been the full, live showcase we have had in the past but we were able to put together a very nice two-day filming event that came close to the feel of the regular show. Participants from the Class of 2022 were Katelyn Amen, Morgan Becker, Kylie Kenny, Paige Lillegard, and Siya Mahajan.



On Wednesday, April 28 Falls Cable Access recorded the first half of the program which started with a welcome speech by President Rick Kohl. We then recorded competition categories of Self Expression, Talent, and Fitness. That video was sent to Judges’ Chairperson, Lynette Shepherd, for the judges to view after the interviews were conducted on Saturday, May 1. That evening we returned to the High School where participants and their families were able to view the video. We then recorded the final awards ceremony.

Siya Mahajan was named the Distinguished Young Woman of Menomonee Falls for 2022. She received a $2500 scholarship from the Optimist Club and will represent Menomonee Falls at the Wisconsin State Program to be held in Franklin, WI this summer. Siya is the daughter of Abhay and Nidhi Mahajan. Siya also won preliminary awards in Scholastics and Self Expression and was the winner of the Be Your Best Self Essay contest.

Morgan Becker was named 1st Alternate. Morgan will receive a $1000 scholarship from the Optimist Club and $300 cash award from Community League of Menomonee Falls. Morgan was also the winner of the Talent Award. Paige Lillegard was named 2nd Alternate. She will receive a $500 scholarship from the Optimist Club.

Kylie Kenny was awarded the Spirit and Interview Awards. Katelyn Amen won the Fitness Award. Each category winner will receive a $100 cash award.

Kylie Kenny Paige Lillegard Morgan Becker Sija Mahajan Veronica Goveas Katelyn Amen

2021 Distinguished Young Woman, Veronica Goveas, gave her farewell address as the Menomonee Falls representative. Veronica’s DYW journey continues as she will represent WI at the National Finals on June 24-26. Watch for more information on how you can follow Veronica on YouTube.

Our program is so successful because of the great team I have working with me. Ali Leon did the fitness choreography, emceed the program and is a contact at school for the girls. Jenn DedrickWendySue Fluegge, and Jerry Mislang were practice interview judges. Jeanine Dederich helped coordinate the Be Your Best Self Essay. Keri and Ryan Duce judged the essays. Rema Kunath was the Scholastic Judge Chairperson. Kathryn Hoff (former club member) was the Scholastic Judge. Lynette Shepherd was the Program Judges’ Chairperson. Kim Wenzel was our tabulator.

Danny Shepherd provided the sound for the program. Chris Forston and his team at Falls Cable recorded and edited the program.

The School District of Menomonee Falls and Jason Huesslein and his staff at Community Education Recreation were so helpful with facility reservations. Special thanks to Auditorium Manager David Mahlum for assisting in so many ways to make our program a success.

And finally, our program is so blessed to have photographer Jon Cline photographing the two nights of the program. Thank you doesn’t seem adequate to express our gratitude.

It is our goal to return to a live program again next year.


Veronica Goveas Competes at Distinguished Young Women of America June 24-26, 2021

Distinguished Young Woman of Wisconsin for 2021, Veronica Goveas, will compete for the national title later this month. Unfortunately, there will be no trip to Mobile, Alabama, as the program will be virtual again this year. Veronica has been busy preparing for nationals since she was named the state representative in February. She is the first young woman from Menomonee Falls to advance to the national finals since K.J. Leekley went in 1990. A Watch Party is being planned at the Community Center for all three nights of the competition. Details will be available soon. Veronica will be attending a future club meeting to share this wonderful experience with us.

The Distinguished Young Women Preliminary Competitions will be held on Thursday and Friday as the Class of 2021 competes in fitness, talent and self expression. Then, the National Finals will take place Saturday Night with the announcement of the new Distinguished Young Woman national representative!

All three nights of shows will be held digitally and streamed nationwide for free. Join the nation-wide viewing party from home by checking their website on each showcase night and watching.

Thursday and Friday June 24 & 25 @ 7:00 pm CST

Saturday, June 26 @ 7:00 pm CST

Links to all shows will be available at DistinguishedYW.org each night and posted in the event page before each show.






The mission of Distinguished Young Women is to positively impact the lives of young women by providing a transformative experience that promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership and talent. For more information about Distinguished Young Women contact Cathy Sharkey at 262-844-1538 or visit www.DistinguishedYW.org.

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Distinguished Young Women National Site

Distinguished Young Women local site (Menomonee Falls)

Distinguished Young Women Chair: Cathy Sharkey

Distinguished Young Women Co-chair: Meg Latus