Goshen News, Goshen, IN

June 27, 2013

Middlebury teen seeking national title


— Alexandra Hochstetler, Middlebury, will compete in the 56th Distinguished Young Women National Finals beginning today. Hochstetler, along with 49 other state representatives, has been in Mobile, Ala. for the past two weeks participating in community activities and preparing for the national scholarship competition.

The program’s evaluation process includes scholastics (20 percent), interview (25 percent), fitness (15 percent), talent (25 percent) and self-expression (15 percent). During the preliminary competition today and Friday, each participant will compete in the categories of self-expression, fitness and talent, according to organizers. Hochstetler has completed an individual interview with a panel of five judges and her scholastic performance has been scored through an evaluation process of her high school academic record and standardized test scores.

Ten finalists will be selected Saturday from the group of 50 young women and will compete for the opportunity to represent the program as the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2013 and for a share of more than $100,000 in cash college scholarships.

For her talent presentation, Hochstetler will perform “Warsaw Concerto” on the piano. Hochstetler is a 2013 graduate of Northridge High School and is the daughter of Rhonda and Nathan Hochstetler.

To view the live webcast of the Distinguished Young Women National Finals, visit http://www.distinguishedyw.org Saturday at 8 p.m. To see photos of participants from their time in Mobile, visit http://www.fpvision.com.