Six Fortuna High students vie for Distinguished Young Woman titles

Mary Bullwinkel

Beacon Correspondent

Two young ladies will be selected as Humboldt County's Distinguished Young Women on March 23 and will represent the county at the state level. The local high school students will compete in several categories and will share in more than $4,500 of college scholarships.

The contest takes place at the Winema Theater in Scotia. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the contest begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door.

The contestants this year -- Amanda Buchart, Gwen Christiansen, Haley Dillard, Kayce Murray, Tia McNaughton, and Vanessa Urbina -- all attend Fortuna High School.

Fortuna High School seniors Cahill and Hess were last year's Distinguished Young Women and represented Humboldt County in the California Distinguished Young Woman program.

The categories in which each contestant is evaluated are scholastics, interview skills, talent, fitness, and self-expression. "The program's goal is to honor young women who excel in all these areas," said chairwoman Lisa Losey. "We want to encourage them to continue on the path of excellence by completing their college educations and assuming roles of leadership in their communities and professions. These young women then become role models and set examples for other young women to follow."

Losey said local sponsors of the March 23 event include Fortuna Kiwanis, Humboldt Redwood Company, Sarah Albin Photography, Town of Scotia LLC, Scotia Inn, Coast Central Credit Union, Whitchurch Engineering, and other businesses and individuals.

photo captions:

1. Amanda Buchart (top) and Gwen Christiansen

2. Haley Dillard (top) and Kayce Murray

3. Tai McNaughton (top) and Vanessa Urbina