Killion to compete in Distinguished Young Woman of Montana

On Aug. 2, soon to be seniors from across Montana will compete for a share of $4,000 in cash scholarships at the Distinguished Young Women of Montana Scholarship Program at Cut Bank High School Auditorium.

The winner will also have the opportunity to travel to Mobile, Ala. in 2014 to represent Montana at the Distinguished Young Women of America national finals.

The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. and tickets will be available at the door.

Kaylea Killion of Conrad will represent Pondera County at this year’s state program. Killion is very active in Cheerleading, National Honor Society, and student government. She will be performing a dance solo to “Set Fire to the Rain” by Adele for her talent selection. “Killion is an excellent example of what Distinguished Young Women is all about,” Kim Butterworth, Executive Director of the Cut Bank Education Foundation and Alumni Association, tells the I-O.

The Pondera County community is encouraged to come out and support Killion in her quest to become the Distinguished Young Woman of Montana for 2014. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. with a silent auction, the proceeds of which will benefit the state scholarship fund.

Distinguished Young Women of Montana Scholarship Program is an official preliminary of the Distinguished Young Women of America, the oldest and largest scholarship program for high school senior females of its type.

Since 1958, the Distinguished Young Women scholarship program, formerly known as the America’s Junior Miss program, has awarded more than $93 million in cash scholarships and provided thousands of young women with college granted scholarships to colleges and universities across the nation.

In addition to providing scholarships, Distinguished Young Women challenges each participant to share its national outreach program, Be Your Best Self (BYBS), with young people across the nation.

Through BYBS, participants encourage self esteem and excellence in all young people through the program’s five principles: Be healthy, Be Involved, Be Studious, Be Ambitious, and Be Responsible.

The 2013 National Sponsors for Distinguished Young Women are the City of Mobile, Mobile County, Encore Rehabilitation, SPANX, Wintzell’s Oyster House, Mobile Gas-A Sempra Company, Regions Bank, Alabama Power Foundation, and Master Boat Builder’s.

For more information about Distinguished Young Women, visit