Practices continue for contestants in DYW

BREMEN — The seven contestants taking part in this year’s Distinguished Young Women of Bremen event spent the last week preparing for Saturday’s competition and organizers say tickets remain available.
“As their last few days approach, the girls are staging talents, preparing for interviews, and perfecting routines,” said Lisa Lemler, event organizer. “The contestants have been practicing hard every Sunday since the end of June at the Bremen United Methodist Church Student Center, so the audience is in for a wonderful show.”
Distinguished Young Women of Bremen, formerly Bremen’s Junior Miss, will have its annual program at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Bowen Auditorium.
Admission is $6 and children 3 and under are free. Tickets for the show are being pre-sold by the contestants and will be available at he door prior to the show.
Taking part this year are Bremen High School seniors Shianne Mammon, Claire Schmidt, Dania Alvarado, Bay Cope, Alexis Pate, Sara Slabaugh and Madison Anne Stover.
“The Distinguisheed Young Women of Bremen Program is very grateful to all the volunteers and contributions to this year’s program,” Lemler said. “The program has reached many lives in the Bremen community over the years and it would not have able to without the community’s support. 
“The program committee and contestants are so appreciative of the BUMC for allowing them to use their facility, not only for practices, but also for their slumber party and interview-dinner,” she continued. “The wonderful ladies of Tri-Kappa will be providing dinner for the contestants and judges the day of the show.”
The seven contestants will compete for the title of the 2014 Distinguished Young Woman of Bremen and over $2,000 in cash scholarships.
Television personality Dean Huppert with WSJV will emcee the program this year.
Since it began, DYW/Jr Miss has awarded young women scholarships for their academic and on-stage performances.
Each contestant is judged in five categories: scholastic achievement, talent, interview, fitness and self-expression.
Before the show, a panel of academic judges tally scholastic scores based on GPA, SAT scores, and level of class difficulty.
Another panel of judges score the other four categories.  The day of the show, contestants have a 10-minute interview with the judges.
Then during the show, the audience is able to enjoy a 90-second talent selection by the contestant along with a fitness and poise routine.
Each contestant is required to answer a question on stage while in their formal gowns.
The winner of Bremen’s Distinguished Young Woman Program will join other senior girls from across the state to compete for Distinguished Young Woman of Indiana title in February.
Haley Foster was Distinguished Young Woman of Bremen in 2013.
Shianne Renee Mammon
Shianne Mammon is the daughter of Christopher and Kelly Mammon. She plans to attend South Western Michigan College to become a Special Needs Teacher. She is involved in band, soccer, swimming, softball, winterguard, track, running, and church. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the trumphet and cooking dinner for her family. Shianne will be performing a guard routine with flag to the song “50 Ways to Say Goodbye” by Train. 
Claire Nicole Schmidt
Claire Nicole Schmidt is the daughter of Bruce and Debra Schmidt. Her future plans are to study at either Grace College or Concordia Wisconsin to become an Editor /Journalist. She is involved in soccer, spell bowl, social studies academic team, 4H fair, New Beginnings youth church choir, track, DECA, and B-club. In her spare time, Claire enjoys reading, running, and singing. For her talent, she will be playing the piano and singing the song “When I’m Gone,” the perfect pitch version.
Dania Alvarado 
Dania Alvarado is the daughter of Cesar and Maria Alvarado. She plans to attend Notre Dame to become a nurse. She is involved in color guard/winter guard, National Honor Society, marching band, choir, girls ensemble, school productions, tennis and A.C.T.. In her spare time, she enjoys babysitting, reading, and photography. For her talent, Dania will be peforming a guard routine with airblade to the song “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know” by Selena Gomez.
Bay Shawnah Cope 
Bay Shawnah Cope is the daughter of Gregory and Faith Cope. She plans to attend Indiana University Bloomington to study vocal performance/musical theater. She is involved in cheerleading, tennis, swimming, Fellowship of Christian Students, show choir, art club, and has peformed in several school productions as well as productions for the community theater, Maxinkukee Players. In her spare time, she enjoys singing, acting, and riding bikes. For her talent, Bay will be singing “Defying Gravity” from the broadway production “Wicked.”
Alexis Renea Pate
Alexis Renea Pate is the daughter of Charles and Noelle Pate Jr and Kristine and Greg Williams. Her career ambition is to work with animals at a zoo and she will be attending Purdue University. She is involved in soccer, softball, B-club, FFA and prom committee. In her spare time, she enjoys writing poetry, tubing, baking, and reading. For her talent, Alexis will be reciting the “Chory of Stinderella” by Archie Campbell on Hee Haw.
Sara Ann Slabaugh
Sara Ann Slabaugh is the daughter of Robert and Lori Slabaugh.  She is involved in IHSAA Student Advisory Committee, HOBY Ambassador, FCS Co-Leader, basketball, track, Key Club, National Honor Society, DECA, and Bremen Kids Triathalon summer coach.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to the beach, and playing basketball at the park.  Sara will be performing a piano solo entitle “Shimmering Waterfalls” by Nancy Faber.
Madison Anne Stover
Madison Anne Stover is the daughter of Tony and Natalie Stover.  She plans to attend Purdue University t become a registered pediatric nurse.  She is involved in golf, softball, yearbook staff, and acted as head of the prom committee.  In her spare time, she enjoys sailing, planning and decorating for parties, interior decorating, and church camp.  For her talent, Madison will be dancing to the song “Barefoot and Buckwild” by Lauren Alaina.
“The program has been blessed to have over 20 businesses and individuals donating toward this year’s scholarships, which amounted to over $2,000,” Lemler said. “Over the next few months, the program committee will be planning fundraisers in the community for next year’s show, when we’ll be celebrating over 50 years of the local program.”
If you would like to volunteer or donate to the organization, contact Lisa Lemler at (574) 933-3105.