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In The Spotlight - Hopefuls Prep For Program Of Distinction
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Emily Johnson - photo by Courtesy Of Premiere Photography

Formerly known as ‘Junior Miss,’ the Distinguished Young Women program put on by Soroptimist International of Oakdale will take the stage on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. at Magnolia School auditorium. The tickets are available at the door and cost $12 for adults and $6 for children.

In the Feb. 9 issue of The Leader, seven of the 14 participants were profiled. This week, the remaining seven participants are profiled in alphabetical order.



Being from a musical family, Emily is drawn to acting and serves as president of the Oakdale High School Drama Club. Emily is also a member of the OHS choir, tennis team, P.H.A.S.T., Art Club and FCA. Her favorite subject at OHS is history. Emily’s career aspirations include pastor or pilot. She would like to attend Azusa Pacific. Emily participates in youth group activities, service projects and various programs at her church. Supporting Emily is her mother Mindy Johnson.



A love for drawing, Sabrina has chosen a career path in the arts with the aspiration of becoming an Art Director. At OHS, Sabrina is a member of the French Club and English is her favorite subject. Outside of school, Sabrina has been a member of the Girl Scouts, 4-H, and she enjoys hip-hop dance. While a Girl Scout, Sabrina has enjoyed spending time with the elderly making their days better by putting a smile on their faces. Wishing their daughter well are Al and Suzanne LeLieur.



With a love for helping others, Haley would like to attend Stanislaus State and become a Registered Nurse after graduation from OHS. Haley volunteers at Oak Valley Care Center and enjoys helping the senior citizens as well as listening to their stories. At OHS Haley is a member of Link Crew, CSF, Yearbook and pole vaults for the track team. Haley also finds time for 4-H, snowboarding and skiing, dance, tumbling and cooking. Haley’s proud mother is Heidi Lubbers.



Following graduation from OHS, Sara would like to attend UC Santa Barbara and study to become an Obstetrician/Gynecologist. Sara plays soccer both at OHS and competitively. Sara is also a member of S Club where she has enjoyed many hours of fruitful volunteering. As a member of the youth group at her church, Sara participates in many volunteer projects and will be attending World Youth Day in Spain this summer. Other activities Sara enjoys include baking, playing piano, and singing. Wishing Sara luck every step of the way are her parents Barry and Margaret Olsen.



With a love for animals and wanting to help them, after graduation from OHS, Felicia would like to attend UC Davis and study veterinary medicine. Felicia is a member of the Drama Club at OHS and the youth group at her church. Her favorite subject is History. In her free time, Felicia plays guitar and soccer and enjoys doing arts and crafts. Cheering her daughter on is Felicia’s mother, Christy Rodriguez.



Chloe loves anything to do with musical theater and as a member of YES Company and YES Ambassadors she fulfills this love. Chloe is a member of the OHS choir and the Youth Band at her church. Chloe plans to join the track team at OHS this year. Following graduation from OHS, Chloe’s next stop will be Stanislaus State where she would like to participate in musical theater. Chloe works in the nursery at her church, which allows her to share her love for children. She also volunteers at the Modesto Gospel Mission preparing and serving meals, which has led to many new friendships. Proud to support Chloe are her parents Kevin and Lorna Rupe.



During her three years at OHS, Nicole has been a member of the S Club and currently serves on the board as vice president. Nicole has helped plan and implement many S Clubs activities, including trick-or-treating for cans, filling goody bags for public service employees on Thanksgiving, and helping with Spirit of Oakdale functions. Nicole has studied tap, jazz, and ballet and is a member of the OHS golf team. Nicole also works part time for a local catering company. Mike and Ana Stastny are Nicole’s proud parents.


The local program offers the participants the chance to be awarded more than $6,000 in scholarships. Distinguished Young Women is a program that encourages the girls to put their best self forward in five categories: Fitness, Talent, Interview, Self Expression and Scholastics.



Photos Courtesy Of Premiere Photography