Innocenzo named 2013 Outstanding Young Woman
Hailey Innocenzo of Towanda Area Jr./Sr. High School was named the 2013 Bradford-Sullivan Counties' Outstanding Young Woman Saturday night at the program held at the Towanda High School auditorium.
Innocenzo, daughter of Jeffrey and Darlene Innocenzo of Towanda, also won the Interview, Presence and Presentation and Scholastic and Achievement awards of the program.
Runners up at the program included first Runner-Up Kirstyn Ballard of Wyalusing Valley Jr./Sr. High School, daughter of Barry and Karen Ballard of Wyalusing, who also won the Performing Arts, Keystone and Patricia Parsons Spirit Award; Second Runner-Up Elizabeth Vana of Towanda Area Jr./Sr. High School, daughter of Diane Sadler and Van Vana of Towanda; Third Runner-Up Vanessa Benson of Troy Area Jr./Sr. High School, daughter of Samantha Benson of Troy; and Fourth Runner-Up Khabeera Calaman of Towanda Area Jr./Sr. High School, daughter of Gary and Jeannette Calaman of Monroeton.
Also taking home an award from the event was Olivia Powers of Towanda Jr./Sr. High School, daughter of Mike and Rose Powers of Towanda, who won the Aerobics and Fitness award.
Before the program even started, the 21 finalists from six different Bradford County schools already underwent 40 percent of the competition, having done a 10-minute interview with the panel of judges that was worth 20 percent of their judging, and having their scholastic achievements and grades reviewed by a panel of educators for another 20 percent of their judging.
During the competition, the judges, including Richard Farr, Mitzi Means, Heather Morningstar, David Morris, Kelly Rocchi and alternate judge Melissa Castillo, evaluated the finalists in performing arts (worth 20 percent), aerobics and fitness (worth 20 percent), and presence and presentation (worth 20 percent).
For the aerobics and fitness portion, the finalists performed an exercise routine in a group, being featured individually for several counts. For the presence and presentation portion, the competitors moved around the stage in formal dresses, then individually answered a question about themselves.
For the performing arts portion, the girls showcased a talent of their choice for two minutes. Dancers included Meghan Parker of Northeast Bradford Jr./Sr. High School, Ciara Altieri of North Rome Christian School, Powers, Bianca Sheppeck of Athens Area High School, Emily Goble of Northeast Bradford Jr./Sr. High School, Abigayle Gannon of Towanda Area Jr./Sr. High School, and Kaylyn Forbes of Towanda Area Jr./Sr. High School. Singers included Vanessa Calaman of Towanda Area Jr./Sr. High School, Lindsey Horning of Troy Area Jr./Sr. High School, and Ballard. Performing monologues were Mackenzie Martin of Wyalusing Valley Jr./Sr. High School, Vana and Innocenzo. Performing on instruments were Melina
Hoffman of Towanda Area Jr./Sr. High School on the oboe, Alysha Grimes of Towanda Area Jr./Sr. High School on the drums, Sarah Lamphere of Towanda Area Jr./Sr. High School on the piano and Jonecca Robinson of Wyalusing Valley Jr./Sr. High School on the clarinet. Khabeera Calaman performed a poem, Benson performed a poem with a PowerPoint presentation of photos, Michala Kuhlman of Northeast Bradford Jr./Sr. High School performed a self-written skit, and Morgan Dreisch of Towanda Area Jr./Sr. High School gave a Bo Kata demonstration.
The program, with a theme of "Follow the Yellow Brick Road" was hosted by 2012 Bradford-Sullivan Counties' Outstanding Young Woman Corrin Binford and 2003 Bradford-Sullivan Counties' Outstanding Young Woman Dr. Michelle Wilson. Wilson shared with the audience what she's been doing over the past 10 years, and Binford shared her whirlwind year as Outstanding Young Woman.
OYW committee member Cynthia Young presented Troy High School Principal Sue Shipman a plaque in honor of Binford, a Troy graduate, winning last year's OYW.