Thursday, June 25, marks the start of competition for Hannah Bogue, the Palmyra teen competing in the 58th Distinguished Young Women National Finals.

Thursday, June 25, marks the start of competition for Hannah Bogue, the Palmyra teen competing in the 58th Distinguished Young Women National Finals. Bogue, along with 49 other state representatives, has been in Mobile, Ala. for the past two weeks participating in community activities and preparing for the national scholarship competition.



The program’s evaluation process includes scholastics (20 percent), interview (25 percent), fitness (15 percent), talent (25 percent) and self-expression (15 percent). During the preliminary competition tomorrow and Friday, each participant will compete in the categories of self-expression, fitness and talent. Bogue will complete an individual interview with a panel of five judges and her scholastic performance has been scored through an evaluation process of her high school academic record and standardized test scores.



On Saturday, June 27, 10 finalists will be selected from the group of 50 young women and will compete for the opportunity to represent the program as the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2015 and for a share of $150,000 in cash scholarships.



“The 50 state representatives have worked extremely hard during their time in Mobile, but even more importantly is what they have done throughout their lives that has guided them to this experience,” said Pam Patterson, Executive Director of Distinguished Young Women. “The work ethic they have demonstrated in their commitment to being leaders in the areas of scholarship, leadership and talent is unparalleled; we know the future is in good hands with these dedicated young women. Even though, on Saturday evening, one young woman will be selected as the Distinguished Young Woman of America, she is representative of numerous girls across the country who have already made an impact on countless thousands through service to their schools and communities.”



For her talent presentation, Bogue will perform a lyrical dance to "Coming Home." Bogue is a 2015 graduate of Hannibal High School and the daughter of Lynne Bagchi and Thomas Bogue.



To view the live webcast of the Distinguished Young Women National Finals, visit www.DistinguishedYW.org on Saturday, June 27, at 7 p.m. CST. To see photos of participants from their time in Mobile, visit www.fpvision.com.