BREMEN — Seven of Bremen’s most talented young women competed Saturday night, but in the end there can be only one Distinguished Young Woman of Bremen.
The judges selected Sara Slabaugh as Bremen’s DYW of 2014.
Slabaugh bested six other Bremen High School seniors to earn the victory. She’ll now compete at the state event in Kokomo in February for a chance to continue to the national program.
Slabaugh earned a $1,000 scholarship by winning the local contest.
The contestants were judged in five categories to create an overall score. The interview and talent categories are each worth 25 percent of the total, scholastics is 20 percent, while fitness and self-expression are 15 percent each.
About 150 people attended Saturday’s Distinguished Young Women of Bremen, formerly Bremen’s Junior Miss, at the Bowen Auditorium.
Shianne Mammon, Claire Schmidt, Dania Alvarado, Bay Cope, Alexis Pate, Sara Slabaugh and Madison Anne Stover competed this year.
Cope was named first runner-up, winning a $700 scholarship. The judges selected Alvarado as second runner-up.
Stover was named the winner of both the people’s choice and spirit of DYW awards.
Schmidt won the scholastic award and Cope won the interview award.
Along with being named DYW for 2014, Slabaugh also won the self-expression, talent and fitness awards.
Despite some jangled nerves, Saturday’s event went smoothly. WSJV sportscaster elevatio personality Dean Huppert, a BHS graduate, emceed the program.
Haley Foster, Bremen’s 2013 DYW, assisted with some hosting duties, and took part with contestants during several routines.
“The Distinguished Young Women of Bremen Program is very grateful to all the volunteers and contributions to this year’s program,” Lisa Lemler, event organizer, previously 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 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 previously. “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 Lemler at (574) 933-3105.
DYW of Bremen 2014 contestants
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 performed 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 played the piano and sang the song “When I’m Gone,” the perfect pitch version.
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 peformed 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 sang “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 recited 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 performed 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 danced to the song “Barefoot and Buckwild” by Lauren Alaina.