2018 Applications

Judging Criteria
1

Scholarship & Achievement

A panel of qualified educators evaluates transcripts of grades and scores of scholastic tests to determine the scholastic score.  A separate panel evaluates the achievements of contestants in their school and community to determine the achievement portion of the score.  The scores are added together (Scholastic Score is 75% and the Achievement Score is 25%) to determine the Scholarship and Achievement awards. 

2

Interview

Cambria Somerset Outstanding Young Woman Scholarship Program is open to women in the junior class that reside in Cambria and Somerset Counties.  The women should plan to be a senior in the same high school for the next term.  Guidance counselors will be authorized to provide copies of school transcripts.  If selected as a finalist, each contestant must be able to attend the program held annually in April.  

ELIGIBILITY

In a discussion session with each Outstanding Young Woman contestant, the panel of judges evaluates knowledge, perception, clarity or expression, sense of values and communication skills.

3

Aerobics & Fitness

3

Physical well-being and stamina, as well as coordination and agility, are evaluated during group aerobic routines featuring calisthenics. 

4

Performing Arts

Each contestant is permitted up to two minutes to display a talent of her own choice.  The total performance is evaluated for ability and skill in light of the difficulty, as well as stage presence. 

5

Presence & Presentation

Naturalness in carriage, posture and poise in moving about the stage are considered, as well as the ability to verbally communicate with confidence.  

6

Commitment to OYW

Score is assessed by the production team and OYW Board of Directors based on timeliness, deadlines, responsibility and respect for the mission of the program.

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