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2014 Menomonee Falls Distinguished Young Woman Scholarship Program

Rehearsals begin for Menomonee Falls Distinguished Young Woman Program. Meet Jessica Szuminski and Kayla Konitzer.

A new group of participants have begun preparing for the 2014 Menomonee Falls Distinguished Young Woman Scholarship program. Rehearsal started during Christmas break to get the ladies ready for the program to be held on Saturday, February 16th at Menomonee Falls High School Auditorium. Over the next several weeks we will be introducing you to all 13 of the young ladies.

Meet Jessica Szuminski – Jessica is the daughter of Perry & Paulette Szuminski and big sister to Brother Nathan. She is considering majoring in Sociology and Law School and looks to attend the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She has earned the Girl Scout Silver Award and is involved in the MFHS Drama Club, Key Club, Teen Court just to name a few. She will be performing a flute solo for her talent in this year’s program. She decided to participate in the Distinguished Young Woman program because last year her cousin and friend participated, and they both shared with her how fun and beneficial it was for them. She hopes to have the same experience as them while learning more about herself. Her cousin was her biggest encourager when it came to signing up. She always told her how much it was worth participating in. Jessica would like people to know how much she values every opportunity given to her, and that even though she doesn’t always tell them, her relationships with her friends and family are what mean the most to her.

Meet Kalya Konitzer – Kayla is the daughter of Robert & Suzanne Konitzer. She is a lifeguard and swim instructor at the YMCA and a member of MFHS FLBA. She aspires to own her own salon one day and plans to attend VICI Beauty School. Kayla will be performing a drum solo for her talent. When asked about why she decided to participate in this years Distinguished Young Woman program here is what she had to share; “I decided I wanted to sign up for the DYW program because it seems like a great experience that will help me become more connected with myself, the other girls, and the community. I first became aware of the DYW program my freshman year when I went to go watch Emily Madrzak perform. It looked like a very fun, and rewarding program. I talked to her about the experience she had going through the program, and by hearing what she had to say really encouraged me to do it as well! From this program, I hope that I really connect with others and become more confident with who I am. I would like people to know that I am a very sweet and caring person.

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