Two seniors at Petersburg High School were among the eight contestants in Ketchikan last weekend for the Distinguished Young Women scholarship program. 17-year-old Patricia Jackson and 18-year-old Eva Kowalski competed in five judging categories for a chance to represent the state at a national competition for young women. Jackson and Kowalski recommend the experience for other local teens and they spoke with Joe Viechnicki about how it went.
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The state preliminary happens in Ketchikan every year, with the winner heading on to a national competition and a chance at a share of 130-thousand dollars in scholarship money. The two young women from Petersburg both plan to attend college after they graduate from PHS, possibly Gonzaga for Kowalski and the University of Alaska for Jackson.