Meet the 2014 OYW contestants
Competition to be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at Towanda High School
Published: September 22, 2013
2013 Outstanding Young Woman, Hailey Innocenzo, will be hosting the 2014 OYW Program, along with the 2004 Bradford-Sullivan Counties’ Outstanding Young Woman Laura Smith-Gary, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28 in the Towanda Area Jr./Sr. High School auditorium.
On this night, 15 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:
Kyra Aseline, Athens
Kyra Aseline is the daughter of Becky Aseline and Dave Aseline. She is representing Athens Area High School. Achieving academic recognition, Kyra is a member of the National Honor Society and has Honor Roll status. Avidly involved in cheerleading, Kyra represents both the football and basketball team. With an eye on community involvement, Kyra was involved in the Valley flood clean-up initiative among numerous other community events. Kyra will showcase her creativity in a self-composed rap, “Technology Addiction,” to complete her performing arts segment of the program. Kyra is planning to attend Penn Tech College to focus on photography.
Courtney Binford, Troy
The daughter of Tyrone and Tricia Binford, Courtney Binford is representing Troy Jr./Sr. High School. As president of the Class of 2014, Courtney also is a member of Student Council and has achieved Honor Roll status. Involved athletically, Courtney is a four-year member of the soccer team, a participant in gymnastics and a two-year member of the Letterman’s Club. Courtney also has been a competitor in the FBLA organization. Undecided on which college to attend, her goal is to finish cosmetology school and set her focus on a career in counseling or occupational therapy. Courtney will be performing to a vocal rendition of “Who Am I” by Jessica Andrews.
Taylor Burnham, Wyalusing
Representing Wyalusing Valley High School, Taylor Burnham is the daughter of Jill and John Voda, and the late Jason Burnham. While attending WVHS, Taylor has participated in football cheerleading. She held co-captain and captain leadership positions in her junior and senior year. Involved in the Leo Club for several years, Taylor has provided several community service hours on their behalf. Athletically, Taylor has been a four-year member of the Ski Club. She has also been a four-year participant in FBLA. Looking to the future, Taylor’s college of choice is Bloomsburg University with a concentration in business management and marketing. Taylor will be performing a lyrical dance to “Begin Again” by Taylor Swift.
Rachael Choplick, Sullivan County
Representing Sullivan County High School, Rachael Choplick is the daughter of William and Jeanne Choplick. With her career goal of becoming a music teacher through an education at Penn State University, Rachael has demonstrated her passion through chorus participation at the school, Bi-County, District and Regional levels. Rachael has also participated in the PMEA All-State Chorus and All-National Honors ensembles. Rounding out her creative background, Rachael is also a participant in band and drama. She has been a four-year member of Student Council, holding a leadership position in her junior year. Rachael will be performing a vocal rendition of “Poor Wand’ring One” by Sir Arthur Sullivan to complete the performing arts segment of the program.
Ruth Conklin, Towanda
The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David E. Conklin, Ruth Conklin is representing Towanda Area High School. While attending THS, Ruth is actively involved in concert and marching band. Athletically, Ruth is a four-year participant in swimming, holding the leadership position as captain in her senior year. Cross country, track and field, drama club and forensics rounds out Ruth’s school activities. Within the community, Ruth is involved in a church youth group and Girl Scouts. To complete the performing arts portion of the program, Ruth will be performing a saxophone solo, “Pink Panther” by Henry Mancini. Ruth’s future plans are to attend Corning Community College with the career goal of nursing.
Julie Cooper, Northeast Bradford
Julie Cooper will be representing Northeast Bradford High School. She is the daughter of Duane and Jamie Cooper. While undecided on college, Julie has showcased her musical talents through participation in concert band and choir, and jazz, marching and county band. Within the district, Julie has participated in both chorus and jazz chorus and has received recognition with the Polyhymnia Music Performance Award. She is a member of the youth group and holds a leadership position as a board representative. Academically, Julie is a member of the National Honor Society and has maintained Honor Roll status. Completing the performing arts portion of the program, Julie will be performing a vocal rendition of “I Got Rhythm” by Gershwin.
Connor Dietz, Wyalusing
Connor Dietz is the daughter of Adam and Jeanette Dietz. She will be representing Wyalusing Valley High School. A consistent member of the Honor Roll, Connor also participates in chorus, district chorus and district jazz. She is a participant and the president of Rachel’s Challenge and has completed countless hours tutoring elementary grade school children. With an interest in drama, Connor has performed as a cast member and lead roles in spring musicals. She will be performing a vocal rendition of “Titanium” by David Guetta. Her future plans lead her to attendance at Lock Haven University with a focus on business management.
Soleil Eagan, Towanda
The daughter of Xaviera and Rhys Eastham, Soleil Eagan is representing Towanda Area High School. Academically, Soleil has achieved honors through the National Honor Society and consistent Honor Roll placement. As an active student, Soleil participates in track and field, Krav Maga, the French club and chorus. With a career goal of physical therapy, Soleil currently volunteers her time at ProCare physical therapy. Her intention is to attend Shippensburg University after graduation. Soleil will be performing a KamaKata (a traditional Japanese fighting style) for her performing arts presentation.
Reagan Martin, Athens
Representing Athens Area High School, Reagan Martin is the daughter of Kenny and B.A. Martin. While attending AHS, Reagan has achieved Honor Roll status and was inducted into the National Honor Society. She has been a four-year member of Student Council and has held leadership roles as parliamentarian and historian. Serving as the assistant captain, Reagan plays on the Binghamton Blizzard Girls Ice Hockey team. The spring sports season leads her to the golf course where she is a member of the Athens Varsity Golf Club. While undecided on which college to attend, Reagan will pursue a career in digital communications. She will be performing a self-written monologue entitled “The Ultimate Present” to complete the performing arts category of the program.
Mckenzi Millard, Wyalusing
Mckenzi Millard is the daughter of Vicki Millard. She is representing Wyalusing Valley High School. Athletically inclined, Mckenzi represents the Wyalusing Rams as a four-year member of the soccer team. She has achieved varsity letters for the past three years. Musically, Mckenzi is involved with the marching and concert bands, church choir and chorus. She has participated at both the county and district band level. Mckenzi has achieved Honor Roll status. Interested in a career in occupational therapy, Mckenzi hopes to attend Penn State University next fall. She will be performing a trombone solo entitled “Georgia on My Mind” written by Hoagy Carmichael.
Shelby Minier, Sullivan County
The daughter of Mark and Michelle Minier, Shelby Minier will be representing Sullivan County High School. Active in the Student Council, Shelby has held leadership positions as secretary and vice president. She has maintained Honor Roll achievement and has been awarded a Distinguished Academic All-Star. Involved in her school, Shelby participates in the Science Club (treasurer), Envirothon (captain), FBLA (president), SADD, and History Club. Interested in the art of dance, Shelby will be performing a lyrical dance to “Thinking Out Loud” by Lesley Roy. She hopes to attend Bloomsburg University to continue her passion as a dance teacher.
Danielle Newman, Troy
Representing Troy Area High School, Danielle Newman is the daughter of Joel Newman and Nancy Manley. Holding a leadership position as historian, Danielle has achieved National Honor Society status. Academically, Danielle is currently in the top ten class ranking and has consistently achieved honor roll placement. Musically inclined, Danielle participates in concert and chamber choir, County, District and Regional chorus and is a jazz band vocalist. Additional involvement in the Drama Club and Spanish Club rounds out Danielle’s school involvement activities. Interested in the medical field and helping others, Danielle plans to attend Mansfield University’s BSN program. She will be performing a vocal rendition of “Almost Like Being in Love” from Brigadoon.
Courtney Norman, Wyalusing
Courtney Norman is representing Wyalusing Valley High School. She is the daughter of the late Frederick Norman and Renee Norman. Currently holding the class officer leadership position of secretary, Courtney is also a member of the Student Council. Athletically involved in football and wrestling cheerleading, you can also see Courtney participating in cross country and track and field activities. Involved musically in chorus, Courtney will be performing a vocal presentation of “Hurt” by Christina Aguilera. With a career goal of pharmacy and an interest in cake decorating, Courtney hopes to attend Schenectady County Community College or Union College.
Sophie Poost, Wyalusing
Representing Wyalusing Valley High School, Sophie Poost is the daughter of Chris and Elaine Poost. Academically, Sophie has achieved consecutive Honor Roll status and has been the recipient of the President’s Award for Academic Excellence. She is currently the class president and was the Hugh O’Brien leadership representative for her school. Sophie is a member of the National Honor Society. Actively involved in her school and community, Sophie can be seen in her school’s musical performances, Winding River Player presentations and Senior Chorus. She rounds out her musical inclination with participation in senior, jazz and marching band. Expressively setting her focus on living a happy life and helping others, Sophie does not have a college of choice. She will be performing Astronaut by Sarah Kay to complete her performing arts category.
Lauren Pruyne, Athens
The daughter of Tom and Lori Pruyne, Lauren Pruyne is representing Athens Area High School. Academically focused, Lauren is a National Honor Society member and has achieved consecutive Honor Roll placement. She has achieved awards in chemistry, pre-calculus, geometry and honors history. Currently a class officer (secretary), Lauren is also involved on the swim team and FBLA (parliamentarian). With a passion for dance, Lauren began dance with the Pat Haggerty School of Dance and the Perkins School of the Arts Dancer. The performing arts category of the program will include Lauren’s dance to “Born This Way” (piano version) by Lady Gaga. Lauren hopes to attend Penn State University with a focus on food/nutritional science.