BLACKFOOT â€” The theme was "Once Upon A Time..." and it was indeed a fairy tale evening for the audience and participants alike at the Distinguished Young Women of Blackfoot program at Blackfoot's Performing Art Center Wednesday evening; especially for Heidi Dreher, daughter of Dean and Lee Ann Dreher, who was was named Blackfoot's Distinguished Young Woman (DYW) of the Year.
Dreher who awed the audience with an elegant and sparkly self-choreographed dance to "My Heart Will Go On" - was also a runner-up in the talent competition and self-expression categories. She was first-place winner in the physical fitness category.
When asked in the competition, "What does it mean to reach your ever, ever after?" Dreher said, "To reach your happily ever after means always being happy. The key to success is attitude. With a positive, happy attitude, there will always be a happy ever after."
First runner-up in the evening's event was Alice Cannon, daughter of Chris and Corena Cannon who sang a touching song, "Angel By Your Side." Cannon also placed first in scholastic, interview and self-expression categories
Second runner-up was Bailey Dann, daughter of Paul Dann and Andrea Galloway. Dann sang a flawless rendition of the French lullaby "Crepuscule. Dann was also a runner-up in the fitness category.
Other awards earned were:
-Spirit of Distinguished Young Woman: Megan Moore, daughter of David and Trish Moore.
-Be Your Best Self: Shantay Pearson, daughter of Brad and Cathrine Pearson; Meg Matsurra, daughter of Raymond and Yukiko Matsurra.
-Scholastic: Runner-up: Elizabeth Wheelright, daughter of Dale and Shauna Wheelright.
-Interview: Runner-up, Meg Matsurra
-Talent: 1st place, Megan Moore, daughter of David and Trish Moore, Runner-up: Meg Matsuura.
-Fitness: Runner-up; Megan Moore.
-Self Expression: Runner-up; Elizabeth Wheelright.
German exchange student, Salome Schafroth, gave a unique and amazing trapeze performance. She was given heartfelt recognition by her peers for her tireless dedication and enthusiasm to the event, even knowing that she was exempt from winning any of the awards.
Other highlights of the evening included a vocal solo by last year's talent winner, Kiah Brown and a dance solo by retiring DYW, Kyra Babcock. A slide presentation of Babcock was shown as she reflected on the past year as Blackfoot's DYW.
Babcock quoted author Marianne Williamson saying, " Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous and talented? Who are you not to be...?"
DYW is a national scholarship program (formerly Jr. Miss) that inspires high school girls to develop their full potential in academics, character, personality, physical fitness, creativity and communication. More than $93 million dollars in cash scholarships have been awarded at the local state and national levels combined.