New Castle News

June 3, 2013

Distinguished Young Woman: Neshannock junior ‘extremely honored’ to win title

Tory Irwin
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — After weeks of preparation and a competitive contest, Miranda Nichols has been named Lawrence County’s 2014 Distinguished Young Woman.

The Neshannock High School junior took the title at Saturday’s scholarship competition at Westminster College’s Orr Auditorium. She also earned a perfect attendance award.

After high school, Nichols plans on attending either Point Park University or Shenandoah University to major in dance.

Nichols, who signed up for the program with a friend after hearing good things about the competition from Neshannock High girls who participated in previous years, didn’t see the win coming.

“I’m extremely honored,” she said. “I was so excited just to be a part of the program. I completely did not expect to win, so it’s an extreme honor to have been chosen.”

Rosanne Palladino, chairwoman for Lawrence County Distinguished Young Woman called Nichols “an excellent representative for Lawrence County Distinguished Young Woman.”

“She’s a very sweet and sincere young woman,” Palladino went on. “I’m very proud to have her represent the Lawrence County Distinguished Young Woman.”

As the Lawrence County winner, Nichols will move on to the state level of the competition.

“I’m a little bit nervous, but I have done some national type things for dance before, so I do have some experience with it,” she said. “I’m sure that this will be a new experience, but I’m excited to see all of the girls from throughout the state at this state level.

“I’m excited to meet new people and I’m sure it will be fun just to compete in another show. No matter what the results may be, I’ll definitely have fun doing it.”

Earning the title of first runner-up was Brittany Moses from Neshannock High School. The second runner-up was Michaela Gennuso, who studies at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School, and the third runner-up was Abigail Shepherd from Laurel High School.

This year, the winner of Lawrence County Distinguished Young Woman was chosen by a panel of six judges, consisting of a representative for the national Distinguished Young Woman program, a chemical engineer, an anchorwoman for a Georgia news station, a professor of music at Seton Hill, the head of the dance department at Slippery Rock University, and a sound technician who has worked for Cheap Trick and REO Speedwagon.

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