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Grace Knolinski named Distinguished Young Woman of Howard County

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The Distinguished Young Women of Howard County Scholarship Program was held Saturday, Aug. 3, at Havens Auditorium, and $5,700 was doled out in awards and cash scholarships.

Grace Knolinski


Claiming the award of Distinguished Young Woman of Howard County for 2020 and receiving a $2,000 cash scholarship was Grace Knolinski, Western High School.  She also received the Interview, Self-Expression, and Fitness Awards, each $300 cash scholarships, for a total of $2,900. Knolinski will represent Kokomo/Howard County at the Distinguished Young Women of Indiana Program held in Kokomo at Havens Auditorium/IUK Campus on Feb. 13, 14, and 15, 2020. 

First runner-up, receiving a $1,000 cash scholarship, was Taya Grove, Kokomo High School. 

Emily Akers, Western High School, was named second runner-up, receiving a $500 cash scholarship.  She also received the Be Your Best Self Essay and Scholastic Awards, each $300 cash scholarships, for a total of $1,100.

Other scholarship awards, each $300 cash scholarships, included the talent category going to Karlie Burkhart, Eastern High School, and the Spirit of Distinguished Young Women, voted on by the participants, going to Lauren Longshore, Northwestern High School.

The Peoples’ Choice, voted on by the audience, was Brooklyn Garber, Western High School, who received a $100 Visa gift card.

Returning to the program and performing a flute solo was Aaryan Morrison, graduate of Kokomo High School and the Distinguished Young Woman of America 2018.  Also visiting and sharing her experiences was the current Distinguished Young Woman of Indiana, Erin Greising of Elkhart County.

Distinguished Young Women is sponsored by Mobile County, City of Mobile, Alabama Power Foundation, Encore Rehabilitation, Wintzell's Oyster House, Master Boat Builders, Barbara Barrington Jones Family Foundation, Evonik, Regions Financial Corporation, Jostens, and Alabama Media Group. The 63rd National Finals will take place in Mobile, Ala., on June 25, 26 and 27, 2020. For more information about Distinguished Young Women, visit www.DistinguishedYW.org.

Howard County girls who will graduate in 2021 who would like to participate in next year’s local program may visit the website listed above and sign up now for the Kokomo/Howard County program which is slated to be held in early August 2020.