Westport woman second in state finals

LOHR McKINSTRY/PHOTOKaren Ann King of Moriah (right) and Maggie Lee Ploufe of Westport competed in the Distinguished Young Women of New York statewide program this month. Ploufe was first runner up.

MORIAH – The area sent several representatives to the Distinguished Young Women of New York Program’s statewide competition and one finished in second place.

The state finals were at the Silver Bay YMCA Conference Center in Hague, and Distinguished Young Women of New York is part of a national scholarship program that promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership and talent in young women.

Representing Moriah was Karen Ann King, while Maggie Lee Ploufe of Westport was selected as first runner up in the state program. Both are 17.


Ploufe volunteers at Camp Dudley and Ballard Park in Westport. She’ll be a senior this year at Boquet Valley Central School, the merged district for Westport, Elizabethtown and Lewis.

Ploufe said she hopes for a career in the theater or human resource management.

“I performed in ‘Gypsy’ and ‘Guys and Dolls’ at school,” Ploufe said. “I’ve been doing musicals since I was 8. It’s a passion of mine and a great experience.”

Her performance in the state program was “Adelaide’s Lament” from “Guys and Dolls.”

The program awards college scholarships to winners.


King will be a senior at Moriah Central School this year, and is looking toward a career in music or museum/library science.

She volunteers at Sherman Free Library and the Moriah Chamber of Commerce.

“The program is a way to meet new people, make new friends and better myself as well,” King said.

She sang “She Used To Be More” as her talent part of the show.

Also at the Distinguished Young Women of New York Program from the region were Maddison Ann-May Nadeau of Crown Point, Talandra Chanika-Marie Hurlburt of Ticonderoga, and four other contestants from around the state.