BOURBON — The Triton Distinguished Young Woman Board of Directors recently announced the 10 young women who will vie for $4,900 in college scholarships and the opportunity to represent the community as the 56th Distinguished Young Woman of Triton.
Tickets to the Sept. 21 scholarship program 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 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. 9, 2020.
The 2020 Triton contestants are as follows:
Skyla Wilson is the daughter of Cassandra and Weston Wilson, Etna Green. Wilson plans to study special and early education at IUSB. Her activities include varsity cheerleading, varsity softball, spirit club, art club and Girl Scouts. Wilson will be performing a cheerleading routine.
Tiffaney Hughes is the daughter of Julia and Terry Hughes, Tippecanoe. Hughes plans to attend Indiana Wesleyan University where she will major in marketing, communications and public relations. Her activities include varsity cross country, varsity track and field, marching band, worship team, private piano lessons, drama club, DECA, science club, spirit club and yearbook. Hughes will be playing Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” on the piano.
Lauren Hedington is the daughter of Tara and Clint Hedington, Tippecanoe. Hedington plans to study business management at Grace College. Her activities include choir, drama productions, varsity basketball and senior squad. Hedington will be singing Allyse Smith’s version of “Homeward Bound.”
Brooklyn Presly Patton, Etna Green, is the daughter of Steven Patton and Abigail Bruce. Patton plans to attend Purdue University Northwest to become a veterinary technician. She has been an active member of the Triton Art Club. Patton will be speed painting for her on-stage talent.
Caitlyn Ihnen is the daughter of Andrew and Samantha O’Connor, Bourbon. Ihnen plans to pursue a nursing degree after high school. She is a member of the Triton Jazz, Concert, and Pep Band, while also being active in KYLA, Helping Hands, Senior Squad, Spanish Club, Destination Imagination and the Triton Theatre Department. Ihnen will be singing and playing the guitar to Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”
Whytnie Miller is the daughter of Rhonda and Wayne Miller, Bourbon. Miller plans to major in environmental studies as a part of the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps at Saint Mary’s College. As an athlete at Triton, she has participated in basketball, softball, golf and cross country while being active in her youth group, KYLA, NHS, spirit club, DECA, yearbook and art club. Miller will be singing and playing the piano to Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down.”
Alyxa Viers is the daughter of Jamey Baker, Tippecanoe. Viers plans to attend Ancilla College and transfer to Purdue University to pursue a veterinary career and study dairy genetics. As an athlete at Triton, she has participated in volleyball, basketball and softball while participating in 4-H, Spanish Club, spirit club, art club, FFA, dairy and crops judging. Viers will be performing a comedic dairy judging routine.
Haley May is the daughter of Lisa and Mark Combs, Bourbon. May plans to attend Grand Valley State University to become an event manager. Her activities include NHS, Sonlight Volunteer, Helping Hands and Art Club. May will be performing a skit to “Fifty Nifty United States.”
Haley Hooley is the daughter of Shawn and Brandy Hooley, Tippecanoe. Hooley plans to study dental hygiene at IUPUI. Her activities include DECA Club, Spanish Club, spirit club, Hoosiers Girls State, KYLA, NHS, student council, golf, tennis and boys’ basketball manager. Hooley will be dancing to Irene Cara’s “Flashdance…What a Feeling.”
Taylor Cormican is the daughter of Marion and Casey Cormican, Athens. Cormican plans to become a criminal profiler after graduating from Ball State University. Her activities include cheerleading, spirit club and art club. Cormican will be performing a dramatic reading as her onstage talent.