Distinguished Young Women

Event details

  • February 22, 2020
  • 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • North Middle School Auditorium N88 W16750 Garfield Dr. Menomonee Falls WI 53051

Autumn Seeback (2nd Alternate); Veronica Goveas (Distinguished Young Woman of Menomonee Falls); Madisyn Harrison (1st Alternate). Photo by Don Gorzek.

Ten Menomonee Falls High School Juniors participated in the 56th Annual Distinguished Young Women Program on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at the North Middle School Auditorium. The Optimist Club has sponsored and organized the program since 1986. The participants will be attending the Optimist Club meeting on March 4.

Veronica Goveas was named the Distinguished Young Woman of Menomonee Falls for 2021. She will represent Menomonee Falls at the Wisconsin State Program to be held in Franklin, WI this summer. Veronica is the daughter of Mary and Joseph Goveas. She performed an Indian Semi-Classical Dance for her talent. Veronica was also won the Scholastic, Talent, and Self-Expression Awards. She will receive a $2500 scholarship from the Optimist Club.

Madisyn Harrison was named 1st Alternate. She will receive a $1000 scholarship from the Optimist Club and $300 cash award from Community League of Menomonee Falls.  Autumn Seebach was named 2nd Alternate and won the Fitness and Spirit Awards. She receives a $500 scholarship from the Optimist Club. Krithika Senthil won the Interview Award. The Be Your Best Self Essay Award went to Elise Poos. Each category winner will receive a $100 cash award.

Also participating were Alexandra McGovern Sikorski, Sarah Pflughoeft, Hali Becker, Mandeep Kaur, and Sidnee Trimble.

photos by Don Gorzek

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. New mom Becky Shull was back to co-host again this year. Dawn Mariscal puts together the beautiful program book and Good Luck Wishes. Susan Steliga coordinates the Little Miss program the Be Your Best Self Essay. Steve Fleming is the tabulator and arranges for gifts for the contestants. Kathryn Hoff and Rema Kunnath were the Scholastic Judge Chairpersons. Lynette Shepherd is the Program Judges Chairperson. President Todd opened the show with an enthusiastic welcome.

Stage Manager Dave Curran was invaluable backstage. Larry Hebbring, Brad Bence, Rick Kohl and Tex Reiter assisted (flawlessly!) as stage crew. Corrine Reiter also assisted backstage. Kathryn Hoff, Kathie Jensen, Deb Mattson, and Joanne Wanner sold tickets and programs. Carolyn Anderson, Kevel Anderson, Nancy Kane, and Rebecca Hulce took tickets at the door. Hailey Gorzaski, Christina Anderson, and JOI member, Isra Ahmed, supervised the Little Misses and Mister. Carol Schulteis and John Yusko were there to make sure everything was covered.

Kristy Gruenwald provided the contestants with beautiful floral arrangements.

Danny Shepherd provided the sound system for the program. Thank you for putting so much thought and effort into creating an amazing sound experience! John Seymour ran the light board for dress rehearsal Friday evening. Theater manage, Callie Thorow, did the program lights and provided much needed assistance on the stage.

Kirsten Sperl assisted Steve with tabulating results. Stevie MistelWildt had the important job of running ballots to the tabulators and helped with Little Misses. Rema Kunnath and Sue Gorecki assisted the girls in the dressing room.

Thanks to Chris Forston and his team at Falls Cable Access for videotaping the program. You are able to watch it on Channel 14 or online at http://www.fallscableaccess.com.

And finally, our program is so blessed to have photographer Don Gorzek who put in endless hours to capture program forever on film. Thank you doesn’t seem adequate to express our gratitude.

We will be meeting with the sophomore girls who are interested in participating next year at the end of the school year. The Class of 2022 program will take place in early 2021.




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