Troy’s Corrine Binford Is 2012 Outstanding Young Woman
By Kelly Cole
Last year’s Outstanding Young Woman, Catherine Morelli hosted the Through the Years themed event on Saturday, September 24. By her side that evening was the 1992 OYW winner from Canton, Stacy Reed Burns.
Morelli currently attends Quinnipiac University in Hamden Connecticut and is studying to be a physician’s assistant. Burns resides in Danville, California with her husband and two young children and is a dentist in a private practice.
Morelli and Burns introduced the twenty young ladies and the audience sat back to watch the hard work that each of these talented ladies put into the program.
The girls from Bradford and Sullivan Counties who were competing in the 2012 Outstanding Young Woman’s Program (OYW) did not go through a typical practice period as those had in the past. There were various injuries related to sport accidents and the flood from Hurricane Lee took place, but the girls rolled with it and remained dedicated to the scholarship and community involvement program.
The judges did not have an easy task before them on Saturday. As audience members watched the twenty young ladies compete that evening, they could understand why the judges asked for more time to make their decision at the end of the program. Each one of the young ladies showed amazing talent and poise during the program and any one had a shot at the title.
What may have surprised everyone in the Towanda Area Junior-Senior High School Auditorium that evening, was that the first five scholarships were awarded to Troy High School’s senior, Corrine Binford. It was a first in the program history where one contestant was awarded the Keystone Award and the Patricia Parsons Spirit Award scholarships. She also won scholarships in the interview, presence and presentation, and aerobics and fitness categories.
Binford went on to be named the 2012 Outstanding Young Woman for Bradford and Sullivan County. She collected $7,250 in scholarships to be used at the school of her choice along with the all expense paid enrollment in the Pennsylvania OYW program.
Binford is the daughter of Tyrone and Patricia Binford of Troy. She is a member of the varsity soccer team, track and field team. She also takes part in chorus, playing the violin and art. She plans to study architecture in college.
First runner-up was awarded to Delaney Vanderpool, from Towanda Area Junior-Senior High School. Hannah Primrose was named second runner-up from Towanda Area Junior-Senior High School. Primrose also received the Performing Arts scholarship worth $500.
Ariana Smyth from Troy High School was named third runner-up with Allison Bonin of Northeast Bradford Junior-Senior High School being named OYW’s fourth runner-up.
Karlee Moyer from Canton Junior-Senior High School was awarded the Scholastic & Achievement scholarship and Mackenzie Watkins from Towanda Area Junior-Senior High School won the People’s Choice Award.
Wyalusing Valley Junior-Senior High School had three incredible young women representing it on Saturday night. Amber Kinney, Cathryn Pugh and Sarah Paddock strength and talent in each category.
Other finalists were Alexandra Liddane, Athens Area High School; Katherine McCarty, Sullivan County High School; Sara-Jean Lapitan, Canton Junior-Senior High School; Kyrstin Madigan, Towanda Area Junior-Senior High School; Breana Garvin, Troy Area Junior-Senior High School; Justine McCarty, Sullivan County High School, Jacquelyn Blade, Troy Area Junior-Senior High School; Emily Lane, Athens Area High School; Sarah Chatterton, Troy Area Junior-Senior High School; and Andrea Ward, Sayre Area Junior-Senior High School.
Every young girl in the auditorium had the opportunity Saturday night to watch 20 amazing young ladies from Bradford and Sullivan Counties compete in the 2012 Outstanding Young Woman Program.
Speaking to 2000 contestant, Susan Neiley Kilmer, it is apparent that the experience one gets from this program will follow them in the years to come. Kilmer recalls the fond memories of the entire process and the great friends she made and keeps in contact with. She pointed out that she also may have been the only one in the group that had no prior dance experience, but went on to win the Talent scholarship for ‘talking’ her way through with her recitation of Prinderella and the Cince.
Kilmer would encourage every girl to give the program a try as it would be an experience they wouldn’t forget. “The program was a culmination of information I had learned in school, life and scouting. It added to my knowledge of creating and forming friendships, preparing for interviews…and being proud of the woman you are.”
Morelli said it best in her farewell speech on Saturday “Participating in the OYW program is an absolute privilege and the women who participate in the program are held to high standards. The winner will be guaranteed a year full of unforgettable memories…and will be expected to represent this program at all times.”
This program is open to all high school junior girls and applications for the 2013 OYW program will be available in the spring of 2012. A brochure and application can be requested by emailing Becky Basse at email@example.com.