- Saturday | April 8, 2023
- 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
- North Middle School Auditorium N88 W16750 Garfield Dr. Menomonee Falls WI 53051
Photo courtesy of Cline Design Photography
The 58th Annual Distinguished Young Women Program returned to the North Middle School stage on Saturday, April. Participants from the Class of 2023 were Grace Booher, Shannon Doherty, Marin Olson, and Rachel Ripke from Menomonee Falls High School and Ify Ebije, Elise Elkin, and Brooke Stanley from Hamilton High School. Siya Mahajan, Distinguished Young Woman of Menomonee Falls for 2022, gave her farewell address and passed on her title.
Shannon Doherty was named Distinguished Young Woman of Menomonee Falls for 2023. 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. Shannon is the daughter of Linda and Bryan Doherty. Shannon also won the Talent Award and was named the Spirit Award winner by her fellow participants.
If the Doherty name sounds familiar it is because Shannon is following in the footsteps of sisters Ashley (DYW 2015) and Kailee (DYW 2019).
Grace Booher was named 1st Alternate. Grace will receive a $1000 scholarship from the Optimist Club and $300 cash award from Community League of Menomonee Falls. She was also the winner of the Scholastics and Be Your Best Self Essay Awards. Grace is the daughter of club members John and Carrie Booher and granddaughter of Ed and Bonnie Veth.
Ify Ebije was named 2nd Alternate. She will receive a $500 scholarship from the Optimist Club. Ify also won the Fitness, Self-Expression, and Interview Awards. The winner of each category will receive a $100 cash award. Ify is the daughter of Harriet and Godwin Ebije.
The girls spent two months learning a virtual fitness routine, and preparing their talents. They had a practice interview with judges Jim Foster, Annie Jurczyk, Kathy Matthiesen, and Meg Latus. After tech rehearsal, we treated the girls to dinner and ice cream at Dairy Queen. Their hard work paid off at their showcase April 9th. They were magical on stage!
Our program is so wonderfully successful because of the great team I have working with me. Ali Leon did the fitness choreography, is a co-host and is a contact at school for the girls. Becky Shull returned to co-host again this year. Dawn Mariscal put together the beautiful program book and Good Luck Wishes. Jeanine Dederich coordinated and Keri Duce judged the Be Your Best Self Essay. Rema Kunnath was the Scholastic Judge Chairperson. Former member Kathryn Hoff was the Scholastic Judge. Barb Burja was the Program Judges’ Chairperson.
President Dan opened the show with welcome from the Optimist Club. Kathie Jensen, Jenny O’Keefe, Joanne Wanner, Annie Jurczak, Mary Goveas, and Caden Wilson (Carol Schulteis’ grandson) sold tickets and programs and worked the doors. My sisters, Candy Blommel, Sue Gorecki, and Michelle Grandlic, were on hand to help where needed. Kim Wenzel was the tabulator. WendySue Fluegge and Caden assisted back-stage.
Special thanks to Danny Shepherd for providing the sound for the program and Chris Forston and his team at Falls Cable Access for recording the program. You can catch it on Channel 14 or online at http://www.fallscableaccess.com
Jason Huesslein and Menomonee Falls Recreation Department were so helpful assisting with facilities. We are grateful to the Principal Dan Gebauer and the North Middle School staff for the use of the auditorium. Thanks to Falls Patio Players for providing entertainment at the program and donating gift certificates to our participants.
And finally, our program is so blessed to have photographer Jon Cline who put in endless hours to capture all the special memories for the participants. Thank you doesn’t seem adequate to express our gratitude.
~ Cathy Sharkey
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Distinguished Young Women of Wisconsin 2022 State Finals
High school girls from across Wisconsin will join together for the Wisconsin Class of 2022 State Finals to be held on Saturday, August 14th, 2021 at 7:00 pm. and streamed virtually. Participants will compete for cash scholarships and the opportunity to represent the State as the Distinguished Young Woman of Wisconsin at the National Finals in Mobile, Alabama June 23, 24 and 25, 2022. The 2022 Wisconsin State representative, along with 49 other high school winners, will seek the opportunity to acquire some of the $125,000 in cash scholarships and hundreds of thousands of dollars of college granted scholarships at the National Finals Program.
Siya Mahajan, Menomonee Falls High School incoming Senior will participate at the Class of 2022 Distinguished Young Woman State Finals Program seeking out cash and college granted scholarships. She is the daughter of Nidhi and Abhay Mahajan. Siyas’ interests, honors and awards are: Piano, HOSA, FBLA, Student Council, Bharatnatyam/Indian Classical Dance, Debate, Speech, Math Club, Spanish Honor Society, Make A Wish Awareness Week and Tutoring.
The Optimist Club, sponsor of the Menomonee Falls program, wishes Siya the best of luck at the competition!
57th Annual Distinguished Young Women Program
Five Menomonee Falls High School Juniors participated in the virtual 57th Annual Distinguished Young Women Program May 1, 2021. 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.
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.
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 Dedrick, WendySue 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 2021
Veronica’s Distinguished Young Women journey, which began on February 22, 2020, came to an exciting close Saturday, June 26, 2021, when she was named as a one of the top 8 finalists at the national program “held” in Mobile, AL. The fifty state participants competed in the virtual program which culminated in the live-streamed broadcast hosted by 2020 DYW of America, Elif Ozyurekoglu. Destiny Kluck from Georgia was named the DYW for America for 2021.
In addition to a $5000 scholarship Veronica was awarded as a finalist, she won preliminary award in Scholastics and Interview. Each preliminary award winner receives $1000. Veronica earned $7000 at nationals and a total of $11,000 for all three levels of DYW.
Veronica is the first Menomonee Falls participant to go to nationals in 33 years. She was an outstanding representative for this community and our state. Veronica will be attending the University of WI-Madison in the fall and plans to become a physician-researcher. She will be at the July 28 club meeting to share more about her experiences at the national program.
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.
Distinguished Young Women Chair: Cathy Sharkey
Distinguished Young Women Co-chair: Meg Latus