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November 13, 2013

Distinguished Young Women Program returns

MORIAH — The Distinguished Young Women Scholarship Program, formerly Junior Miss, has returned to Moriah Central School.

The program has been absent for seven years; the last competition was held in 2006.

The new event is at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, in the Moriah Central School auditorium, with doors opening at 6:15. Tickets are $6 at the door.


Six young women are competing for more than $2,000 in scholarships: Brooke Dever, Alexandra Lashway, Shonna Provoncha, Alexis Sherman, Emily Simard and Taylor Sprague.

They will be competing in seven categories: Scholastic, Personal Interview, Fitness, Talent, Self-Expression, Be-Your-Best-Self and Spirit.

The program will also feature Moriah sixth-grade students who will serve as “little sisters” to the contestants.

The teen chosen as the 2014 Distinguished Young Woman of Moriah will move on to compete in the state finals at SUNY Albany on Jan. 18, 2014.


Here’s a profile of each contestant:

Brooke Logan Dever is the daughter of Walter and Amy Dever. She is the captain of the Varsity Swim Team, has participated in Drama Club, On Common Ground Teen Theater Group and chorus. Upon graduation, Brooke plans to attend SUNY Canton or the College of Saint Rose to pursue a career in criminal justice or teaching.

Alexandra Jo Lashway is the daughter of Mark and Teri Lashway. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Yorkers Club, chorus, band, Drama Club, Yearbook Committee, Prom Committee and cheerleading squad. She participated in the All-County Music Program twice. Alexandra plans to attend SUNY Potsdam, where she will study elementary education.

Shonna Lee Provoncha is the daughter of Betty Smith and Richard Provoncha. She is a member of the Drama Club, On Common Ground Teen Theatre, Cheerleading, Yorkers Club, National Honor Society, Upward Bound, Lake Champlain Bible Fellowship and the chorus. She plans to attend St. Lawrence University to pursue a teaching career.

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