Meet the 2013 Outstanding Young Woman contestants
The 2012 Outstanding Young Woman, Corrin Binford, will be hosting the 2013 OYW Program, along with the 2003 Bradford-Sullivan Counties’ Outstanding Young Woman Michelle Wilson, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Towanda Area Jr./Sr. High School auditorium.
On this night, 21 young women representing their high schools from Bradford and Sullivan counties will take the stage to participate in the "Accent on Achievement" program. Here’s a look at this year’s contestants:
Representing North Rome Christian School, Ciara Altieri is the daughter of Lou and Kerry Altieri. While a student at NRCS, Ciara has been an avid student council member, holding the office of secretary for two years. Recently, Ciara was selected as the class secretary. She was awarded the Good Citizen Award this year, as well as the Christian Stewardship Award. With an interest in the arts, Ciara performs in ballet and pointe genres. For the past three years Ciara has participated in sheep showing. Ciara will be performing a self-choreographed ballet dance to "Hope Now" by Addison Road.
Emily Goble, daughter of Bruce and Sharon Goble, is representing Northeast Bradford High School. Interested in a career as a physician assistant, Emily hopes to attend Marywood University. Still completing her senior year, Emily is a member of the National Honor Society, honor roll and student council. She holds a leadership position as the class treasurer. Athletically, Emily has had an interest for both indoor and outdoor soccer and has been a past soccer manager. She supports the student body by membership in the Students Against Destructive Decisions. Emily will perform a dance to "Singing in the Rain," made popular by Gene Kelly.
The daughter of Gary and Jeannette Calaman, Khabeera Calaman is representing Towanda Area Jr./Sr. High School. Khabeera excels in the arts through her participation in chorus, one-act play competitions and spring musicals. For the past three years she has participated in various plays with the Winding River Players. Leadership roles such as the vice president of the youth group, National Honor Society membership and the secretary of the science club adds to Khabeera’s resumé. Khabeera lists youth ministry as her career goal, and hopes to attend Nyack College. Khabeera will recite a poem, "Phenomenal Woman," by Maya Angelou for her creative and performing arts presentation.
Representing Towanda Area Jr./Sr. High School, Morgan Dreisch is the daughter of Rebecca and Tracy Gowin. Academically, Morgan is a member of the National Honor Society and consistently achieves honor roll status. She is a member of Student Council and holds a leadership position as a class officer. Athletically, Morgan is a four-year teammate of the girls’ soccer team and the THS swim team. She holds leadership positions as the captain of the swim team and co-captain of the K-Dettes. Morgan will entertain us with a Bo Kata demonstration to "Storm Force Epic" by Bob Bradley.
Jonecca Robinson is the daughter of Jon and Stephanie Robinson. She is representing Wyalusing Valley Jr./Sr. High school. Academically, Jonecca has achieved honor roll status consecutively for the past three years. She contributes her time to community involvement for the Big Brother/Big Sister organization and is the troop president for the Girl Scout organization. Further leadership positions exist for her in both the concert and marching bands. Athletically, Jonecca is a four-year member of the soccer team. She hopes to expand her interest in forensic chemistry/criminal psychology by attending Waynesburg University. Jonecca will perform a clarinet rendition of "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele.
The daughter of Mike and Rose Powers, Olivia Powers is representing Towanda Area Jr./Sr. High School. Undecided on a major or college of choice, Olivia is considering a career path in the communication industry. Academic achievement as a National Honor Society member and consecutive honor roll recipient adds to her list of accomplishments. A four-year teammate of the Lady Knight soccer and basketball teams, Olivia can also be seen twirling on the studio dance floor. Supporting her area community, Olivia is a Girl Scout who routinely holds leadership positions. Olivia will be performing a dance routine on pointe to "The Black Pearl" from Pirates of the Carribean.
Representing Athens Area High School, Bianca Sheppeck is the daughter of Dave and Marianne Sheppeck. Membership in National Honor Society, honor roll, and inclusion in the Top 20 of her graduating class, adds to her list of academic accolades. She has received the Presidential Award for Educational Excellence and has represented her school in the PASC student council state conference. Currently the class president, Bianca can also be seen supporting her football team as a cheerleader. Bianca’s interest in corporate law is leading her to possibly Penn State University for an educational choice. She will be dancing to a remix of "Run the World" by Beyonce for the performing arts segment of the program.
Elizabeth Vana is the daughter of Diane Sadler and Van Vana. She is representing Towanda Area High School. A three-year member of the National Honor Society and consistent honor roll achievement adds to her selection for the Rochester Institute of Technology Innovation and Creativity Award. Athletic interests include membership on the tennis team and track and field team for THS. Creatively, Elizabeth participates on the marching and concert bands and participates annually for the One-Act Play. She is a member of the Girl Scouts. While Elizabeth is undecided which college she would like to attend, her interests include a career in journalism or possibly screen writing. Elizabeth will be reciting a poem, "Half-Hanged Mary," by Margaret Atwood.
Representing Troy Area Jr./Sr. High School, Lindsey Horning is the daughter of David Horning and Tracy Horning. Currently on the soccer team, Lindsey can also add interest in volleyball and the ski club to her athletic abilities. She is a member of the 4-H organization. Spiritually, Lindsey has volunteered for vacation bible school and was a leader of the children’s church ministry. Lindsey is looking to pursue a career in communications or business at Penn State, Altoona. For Lindsey’s creative and performing arts presentation she will perform a vocal rendition of "Mean" by Taylor Swift.
The daughter of Bruce and Fran Hoffman, Melina Hoffman is representing Towanda Area Jr./Sr. High School. Academically, Melina is a member of the National Honor Society and is a consecutive honor roll achiever. She has been recognized for the U.S. Achievement Academy (in science) and the National Society of High School Scholars. Involved with her school, Melina is a member of the marching and concert band and has held various leadership positions in the medical careers club. Melina is interested in attending Lebanon Valley College with a career goal of physical therapy. She will be performing an oboe solo with piano accompaniment to Gabriel’s Oboe from "The Misson" by Ennio Morricone, arr. by Mark McGurty.
Hailey Innocenzo is representing Towanda Area Jr./Sr. High School. She is the daughter of Jeffrey and Darlene Innocenzo. Academically, Hailey has achieved membership in the National Honor Society and consecutive honor roll acknowledgement. She holds leadership positions as president of NHS and Student Council, and vice president of her class. Hailey has been credited for receiving the Rensselaer Medal and R-I-T Computing Medal Award. Active athletically, Hailey is a member of the volleyball team, basketball team and track team. Hailey would like to pursue a career in the medical field and is looking at various colleges to support her career goal. Hailey will be performing a selection from the play "Wedding Belles" by Alan Bailey and Ronnie Claire Edwards.
Representing Wyalusing Valley High School, Mackenzie Martin is the daughter of Robert and Deborah Martin. With a passion for fashion, Mackenzie has been involved with the Barbizon School of Modeling, the international modeling talent association competition and the D&D Talent/Model Management. She hopes to continue her interest in fashion through a career as a model. Additional interests include FBLA, Student Council and basketball. Academically, she has been a consecutive achiever of the honor roll. Mackenzie will be performing a monologue for her creative and performing arts presentation of the program.
The daughter of Michelle and Keith Lamphere, Sarah Lamphere is representing Towanda Area Jr./Sr. High School. Actively involved on the THS swim team, Sarah has had a leadership position as the captain. Selected as the swimmer of the year for two consecutive years, Sarah was also chosen as the most valuable swimmer. Artistically, Sarah participates in the marching, concert and county bands. Achieving honor roll status, Sarah is considering attending Binghamton University. She will be performing a piano rendition of Elfin Dance by Edward Grieg.
Michala Kuhlman is representing Northeast Bradford High School. She is the daughter of Connie and Mark Kuhlman. Having an interest is various sports and community activities, Michala can be seen on the volleyball courts, FFA activities and promoting the Bradford County Dairy Association. She is the former Bradford County Dairy Princess. She has held leadership positions in the 4-H club and FFA Chapter. She has held several placements in FFA public speaking events. Michala is interested in attending Penn State – Altoona majoring in the area of special education. She will be performing an educational skit entitled "The Magnificent Milk Maker."
Representing Northeast Bradford High School, Meghan Parker is the daughter of Tim and Stephanie Parker. Academically achieving the National Honor Society and consecutive honor roll inclusion, Meghan is hoping to attend Clarion University. She holds interest in the field of psychiatry for a career. Involved in school activities, Meghan can be seen on the court as a varsity cheerleader and on the dance floor in competitive dancing. For the creative and performing arts presentation of the program, Meghan will be performing a dance selection to "Feeling Good" by Michael Jackson.
The daughter of Samantha Benson, Vanessa Benson is representing Troy Area Jr./Sr. High School. Currently holding the leadership position as secretary of the National Honor Society, Vanessa is also a consecutive achiever of the honor roll. Further, Vanessa was selected as the Troy ambassador for the HOBY Leadership Conference. Athletically, Vanessa is the captain of her basketball team and participates on the soccer team. Interested in becoming a physician assistant, Vanessa is looking to attend Lycoming College. She will be presenting a self-written poem, entitled "What it Takes," along with a basketball presentation for her performing art.
Abbie Gannon is the daughter of Mark and Kelly Gannon. She is representing Towanda Area Jr./Sr. High School. A member of the Towanda High School Student Council, Abbie can also be seen on the cross country course and the track and field arena. She is currently a member of the K-Dette dance team and has held leadership positions as both a co-captain and captain. While undecided on which college she would like to attend, Abbie is interested in a career path that leads her to marketing. Abbie will dance to a medley of "Love is Strange" and "Back in Time" to complete the creative and performing arts presentation of the program.
Representing Towanda Area Jr./Sr. High School, Alysha Grimes is the daughter of Robert and Jodie Grimes. Achieving the Academic Achievement Award and honor roll consecutively, Alysha is also a member of the National Honor Society. Athletically interested in volleyball and basketball, Alysha has received many acknowledgments for her skills on the volleyball court. While undecided on which college she would like to attend, her career interests include a path to physical therapy or possibly as a veterinarian. Alysha will be performing a drum solo, "Welcome to the Jungle," by Guns and Roses as her performing art.
The daughter of Gary and Jeannette Calaman, Vanessa Calaman is representing Towanda Area Jr/Sr high school. As a member of the National Honor Society and consecutively achieving Honor Roll status, Vanessa is also a member of the THS volleyball team. Artistically, Vanessa expresses her vocal talent through membership in chorus. She will be singing "Taylor the Latte Boy" by Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler for her creative and performing arts segment of the program. Currently, Vanessa is exploring her career and education options after graduation.
Kaylyn Forbes is representing Towanda Area Jr./Sr. High School. She is the daughter of Ron and Brenda Forbes. An avid dancer, Kaylyn has showcased her talent in the Endless Mountains Student Showcase for the past three years. Artistically inclined, Kaylyn is a member of the concert and marching bands and has achieved section leader. Athletically diverse, Kaylyn has participated in swimming, tennis and diving, and has received recognition as the most improved swimmer. She will be performing dance on pointe to "With Arms Wide Open" by Creed. Kaylyn is interested in a career goal as a surgical technician.
Kirstyn Ballard is the daughter of Barry and Karen Ballard. She is representing Wyalusing Valley High School. Artistically talented, Kirstyn is a member of vocal district and state jazz; senior, county and district chorus and entertains at her school musicals. Avidly involved in band, she participates on the concert, marching, jazz and county band levels. She has held leadership positions as a band secretary, drum major and chorus vice president. A consistent member of the honor roll, Kirstyn is looking into attendance at Boston University to major in vocal and theatrical performance. She will be performing a vocal rendition of "Don’t Rain On My Parade" by Jule Styne.