BOURBON — The Triton Distinguished Young Woman Board of Directors are proud to introduce the seven young ladies who will vie for $3,700 in college scholarships and the opportunity to represent the community as the 55th Distinguished Young Woman of Triton.
Tickets to the scholarship program, to be held Saturday, Oct. 6, can be purchased from the contestants or at the door for $6. Triton’s Performing Arts Center will open at 6:30 p.m., with the program starting at 7 p.m.
The seven young women competing will be evaluated by a panel of judges in the following categories: scholastics, interview, talent, fitness, and self-expression. The winner of Triton’s DYW will join other senior girls from across the state to compete for Indiana’s Distinguished Young Women in Kokomo the week of Feb. 10, 2019. The journey will continue for the winner of the state competition at the 62nd annual America’s Distinguished Young Women Finals in Mobile, Ala., on June 27, 28 and 29, 2019, where she will join with 51 other representatives from across the country in competing for cash scholarships and the opportunity to represent the program as the Distinguished Young Woman of America.
Jessica L. Wadkins
Jessica Lynn Wadkins, Bourbon, is the daughter of Jessica Kubsch. Wadkins plans to study radiology at Ball State University. Her activities include competitive cheerleading, softball, junior prom committee, and wrestling manager. She has volunteered her time at Center For The Homeless, Little Flower Catholic Church, and has helped organize a stuffed animal donation drive for the St. Joseph County Police Department. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, attending the Indiana State Fair, fishing with her uncle, watching scary movies with her grandpa, and listening to country music. Wadkins will be performing a cheerleading routine.
Karianne R. Dunifin
Karianne Rae Dunifin, Tippecanoe, is the daughter of Brian and Kimberly Dunifin. She plans to attend the University of Notre Dame with aspirations of becoming an entrepreneur, surgical assistant, and photographer. Her activities include Vice-President of DECA, KYLA, Student Council, 4-H, FFA, Trojan Singers section leader, choir, Science Club, youth group, and dance. She has volunteered at her local animal shelter, 54 Fest in memory of Cameron Scarberry, Combined Community Services as a KYLA member, Beaman Home, and Fellowship Missions.
In her spare time she enjoys teaching herself how to play musical instruments, drawing, learning about science, taking photographs, and traveling. Dunifin will be singing and playing the piano to Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling In Love With You.”
Haylee Copsey, Bourbon, is the daughter of Matt Copsey and Rachelle Meister. Copsey plans to study anesthesiology at Indiana University. Throughout high school she has participated in 4-H horse and pony, church youth group, science club, DECA, Art Club, Spirit Club, and Spanish Club. In her spare time she enjoys watching Notre Dame football, swimming, riding four wheelers, camping, spending time with family and friends, watching crime shows, and studying life sciences. Copsey will perform a tap dance routine to Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.”
Sky Sickmiller, Bourbon, is the daughter of Steven Sickmiller and Amelia Russell. Sickmiller plans to pursue a degree in elementary education at Purdue University. She has participated in elementary internship, Student Council, DECA, softball, soccer, cheerleading, basketball, and volleyball. She has packed food for Feed My Starving Children, volunteered at an elementary school, and organized a food drive. In her spare time she enjoys photography, softball, spending time with friends and family, and working with children. Sickmiller will perform a dance mashup to songs across the decades.
Abigal Powell, Bourbon, is the daughter of Brandon and Melea Hoffer. Powell plans to attend Purdue or Huntington University where she will pursue a career in agriculture. Her activities include District II FFA and Triton FFA President, varsity basketball, varsity track, varsity cheerleading, Camp Creek Church Youth Group, Kosciusko Youth Leadership Academy alumni, Spirit Club leader, 10-year 4-H member, DECA Secretary, ALA Hoosier Girls State Delegate and Girls’ Nation Delegate, Purdue Extension Marshall County Elected Youth Member, and is an active senior member of Triton’s Helping Hands Anti-Bullying Club.
She has volunteered her time by coordinating two Red Cross blood drives, organizing the annual “Critter Crawl” 5K benefitting the Humane Society, leading worship music and discussion at her church’s Vacation Bible School, and helped her FFA Chapter make 62 blankets for Riley Hospital. In her spare time she enjoys playing sports, showing livestock, giving back to her community, learning about government, and spending time with her family’s exchange student from Brazil. Powell will perform a patriotic tribute to Lee Greenwood’s “The Pledge of Allegiance.”
Annabelle Kurosky, Bourbon, is the daughter of Jeff and Carrie Mettler. Kurosky plans to pursue a nursing degree at Ball State University. Her activities include cheerleading, track, office worker, science club, DECA, and Spirit Club. She has helped teach mini-cheer camps the past three years and painted park benches in Kingsford Heights. In her spare time she enjoys singing, dancing, teaching, writing, and studying life sciences. Kurosky will be singing “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen.
Delanie Groves, Bourbon, is the daughter of Jason and Carrie Groves. She plans to attend Grace College to study marketing. Her activities include varsity golf, varsity basketball, National Honor Society, Helping Hands, Spirit Club, and Senior Squad. She has packed food for Feed My Starving Children, has taught junior church preschool at the Country Church, and refereed youth soccer league games. In her spare time she enjoys playing golf, watching and playing basketball, and learning the Lord’s word. Groves will be speed painting to a mix of songs by Elvis Presley.