The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

March 12, 2014

Scholarships on the line at Distinguished Young Women competition


"They don't realize it, their parents don't realize it, their host parents don't realize it, but by the end of this week they're hooked. They'll never be far from our hearts and they'll never be forgotten. It becomes family," Sanchez said.

In addition, the program's organizers have speakers from the community come to talk about their jobs, families and lives. Sanchez explains that most of the speakers are businesswomen, each with a story about where they started in life, where they are now and all the bumps and turns along the way.

Tickets for the event will be available at the door and are $12 for adults and $7 for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Any girl who is a junior in high school will be admitted free to see what she could be involved in next year.

— Follow reporter Laura Carrell on Twitter @CourierLauraC

Candidates for Distinguished Young Women of Iowa 2014: • Callie Alvarez, of Johnston, attends Johnston High School. Her parents are Carlos and Carol Alvarez. • Kathryn Bailey, of Gilbertville, attends Don Bosco Catholic High School. Her parents are James and Christine Bailey. • Charlette Flanders, of Ottumwa, attends Ottumwa High School. Her mother is Lolita Flanders. • Elena Foster, of Iowa City, attends Iowa City High School. Her parents are Darcy Lipsius and Charles Foster Jr. • Alexandra Grady, of Iowa City, attends Iowa City West High School. Her parents are David and Marsha Grady. • Nicole Kraft, of Walcott, attends Davenport West High School. Her parents are Scott and Gale Kraft. • Jennifer Klodt, of Ottumwa, attends Ottumwa High School. Her parents are Richard and Nancy Klodt. • Taiylor Morgan, of Fremont, attends Pekin Community High School. Her parents are Adam and Theresa Morgan. • Madilin Neibert, of Cedar Falls, attends Cedar Falls High School. Her parents are Peter and Camille Neibert. • Samantha Wright, of Ottumwa, attends Pekin Community High School. Her parents are Jesse and Sarah Wright.

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