Distinguished Young Woman of York County
Congratulations to Jordann
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 May 3 at Central York High School.
Whether she's dancing or starring in the musical Footloose, Jordann loves to be on stage. But she got to play a different role Saturday as she was representing herself and according to Jordann, that's what really made it different and special. "It was cool to write my own script, almost." This years 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 will earn an $18,000 scholarship if she decides to attend 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 High School, but she was even more impressed by her internal talents. She's extremely motivated and very responsible. "She's just a joy to work with, and such a wonderful role model for all young people."
Jordann will go on to compete in Pennsylvania's Distinguished Young Women state competition in August in Johnstown, PA.
Getting to know Jordann
Jordann currently is a junior 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 Pre-Professional in Ballet, Pointe, and performed a Classical Ballet Variation en Pointe to Coppelia: Swanhilda Variation Act III for her talent presentation.
Her career goal is to attend George Washington University and major in Entertainment Marketing.