50th Year Anniversary of
Distinguished Young Women of York County!
Congratulations to our new Disinguished Young Woman Rose Arbittier! After another exciting evening of competition, a winner was named. Despite the fact that some canidates did not come away with an award, we believe that everyone who participated is a winner. For more information about Rose--or to see a few pictures from the evening--please visit the What's New Page. More pictures are on the way and will be up soon.
Previous Distinguished Young Woman of York County
Jordann Smith-Kingston, a junior at West York High School, was named Distinguished Young Woman of York County at the 49th Annual Distinguished Young Woman Program on May 3rd, 2014, at Central York High School.
Jordann loves to be on stage. In DYW, she was able to represent herself, and according to Jordann, "that's what really made it different and special. This program had never featured this many finalists before, and be to selected out of such a great group was a really big honor." Jordann felt that any of the other 30 girls could have represented York very well at the state competition.
Jordann earned a $12,800 scholarship for her win including awards in Fitness and Self-Expression. In addition, she would earn an $18,000 scholarship if she attended York College. For the Talent portion of the program, she performed a Classical Ballet Variation en Pointe. In the Self-Expression category, Jordann spoke about continuing education. She wants to gain as much as possible from learning experiences and to never waste a second.
About the DYW program, Jordann says that she thinks the program really helped her to be able to gain a lot of skills that would help me in the future.
According to Lyn Bergdoll, Program Chair, she was very impressed with Jordann's singing and acting when she starred in FOOTLOOSE at West York Area High School last spring. She was even more impressed by her other abilities. "Jordann is extremely motivated and very responsible. She's just a joy to work with, and such a wonderful role model for all young people."
Getting to Know Jordann
Jordann currently is a senior at West York High School. Honors and Awards include: National Honor Society, Top 7% of her class, 1st Place in the West York Talent Show, Future Leaders of York, Best Witness Award-Mock Trial, and the Cross Country Sportmanship Award. She is active in her community by participating in the Special Olympics Polar Plunge, Four Diamonds Mini-THON, Painting parking meters in York City, YMCA Race against Racism, All Souls Community Center-New Orleans, York YMCA Turkey Trot and National Night Out Volunteer.
She participates in High School Musicals, High School Choir, Legacy Select Ensemble Choir, Mock Trial, School Newspaper, Student Council, Environthon Team, Varsity Cross Country and is active in the St. Andrew's Youth Group.
She is trained as a Pre-Professional in Ballet and Pointe. Jordann performed a Classical Ballet Variation en Pointe to "Coppelia: Swanhilda Variation Act III" for her talent presentation.
Her career goal is to major in Entertainment Marketing. She will be attending George Washington Unversity this fall.
Former York County Winners
(L-R) Ashley Gochoco, Caitlin Reeser, Jordann Smith-Kingston
Lyn Bergdoll, Carolyne Henry