When Teton High School junior Kylie Driggs’ name was called as the winner of the 2020 Distinguished Young Woman program on Saturday night, she said the feeling was surreal.
“I was surprised,” said Driggs this week. “Toward the end of the program I thought it wouldn’t happen, then I thought to myself, I should have more confidence. Then they called my name. It was surreal.”
Thirteen Teton High juniors competed for a variety of college scholarships this past Saturday at the annual Distinguished Young Women program. Directed by Mindy Clinton, McKenna Ripplinger and Jen Miskin, the program is the accumulation of weeks, if not years of hard work, practice and teamwork that defines the spirit of the event. In total, Driggs was awarded more than $5,000 in college scholarships that evening.
This year’s participants included juniors Trennedy Brown, Sage Curren, Sadie Hicks, Matilda Sorensen, Macey Roberts, Lili McKellar, Kylie Driggs, Kinley Baler, Kaylee Tripp, Jazzlyn Winder, Caysea Lerwill, Amy Perez and Amelia Wilson.
For Driggs, there was a certain sweetness to her win. She said she grew up watching her mother, Lori Driggs, create set designs for the Junior Miss program before it was renamed Distinguished Young Women.
“I remember the nights of the performances,” said Driggs of growing up behind the scenes of the DYW program with her mother. “When I was little, it was all about the dressing up. As I grew up, the program became more about the friendships and growing closer to new friends.”
For the talent portion of the event, Driggs played “L’Orage” by Friedrich Burgmueller on the piano. For months she said she had been practicing “Taqratella” by Paul Beaumont specifically for the DYW event, but in the final hours had become bored after she had mastered the piece. She changed the tune and judges loved “L’Orage.”
Above all, said Driggs, throughout the entire process of practicing and working and fine tuning for Saturday’s show, what she valued the most was the new friendships that were forged under the bright lights of the stage.
“I definitely gained confidence and new friendships,” said Driggs. “I love those girls so much.”
Driggs is the vice president of the Teton High student body. She plays volleyball and softball and is currently planning on attending college and has a desire to study medicine. Driggs will compete at the state level in October.
Spirit of Distinguished Young Woman: Amelia Wilson
Be Your Best Self: Sage Curren, Amy Perez, Macey Roberts.
Scholastic Award: Kylie Driggs, Amelia Wilson, Amy Perez, Kinley Baler
Judges’ Interview Award: Jazzlyn Winder, Amy Perez, Sage Curren. Amelia Wilson
Talent Award: Sadie Hicks, Lillian McKellar, Kylie Driggs, Amelia Wilson
Self Expression Award: Sadie Hicks, Trennedy Brown, Lillian McKellar, Kylie Driggs
Fitness Award: Amy Perez, Caysea Lerwill, Trennedy Brown, Lillian McKellar
2nd runner up: Sadie Hicks
1st Runner up: Amy Perez
2020 Distinguished Young Woman: Kylie Driggs