By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
McNary High School’s Julia Fegles is the first solo winner of the Distinguished Young Woman of Keizer program.
Until this year the scholarship program named two annual winners, but this time only Fegles will go on to represent Keizer in the statewide program in August.
“I’m very excited for it, and it was a surprise,” said Fegles. “I was hoping and I did my best, but I was surprised.”
Fegles won three separate scholarships in the competition, the overall title, $1,500, the talent award, $300, and the fitness award, $300.
The portion of the program she was most wracked about was self-expression, where the contestants answered a question onstage.
“I was so nervous about the question. I was back stage trying to figure out what do I do if I blank, but it ended up going okay,” she said.
Luz Torres ended up winning that portion of the competition, a $300 scholarship.
A dozen Celtic juniors were selected for the program. Fegles said the opportunity to meet students she didn’t know was a big part of choosing to compete.
“I knew a couple of them, but not necessarily closely. Now, it’s like we’re all sisters,” she said. “It’s such a good opportunity to meet other people. I was nervous at first, but even our shyest girls had come out their shells. We’re all more outgoing now.”
Nizhoni Garcia was the night’s other big winner. She was named first alternate, a $500 scholarship, took the prize for interview, a $300 scholarship, and the scholastic achievement award, another $300 scholarship. Morgan Raymond won the $300 spirit award scholarship.