York County's representative for the Distinguished Young Women scholarship program took home awards Saturday at the state competition in Johnstown, Pa.

Jordann Smith-Kingston, a senior at West York Area High School, was named second runner-up out of 17 high school seniors, said Lyn Bergdoll, the York County program's chair. The West Manchester Township resident won the county competition in May.

"She did an outstanding job," she said. "She's a tremendous role model for all students."

Honored: For Jordann, 17, the best part of the experience was meeting new friends and experiencing their cultures.

"I think that probably the best part about it was just the opportunity to meet so many different girls throughout our entire state," she said.

Jordan earned $500 for her title and $200 for a self-expression award, Bergdoll said. In the self-expression category, Jordann said she had to prepare a short speech of what her passion was.

"I talked about continued education and just really trying to gain as much as I can from every experience in life," she said.

Jordann said she's interested in pursuing a degree in entertainment marketing and attending George Washington University.

The program: Although she won't be going on to national competition, Jordann said she was grateful to place in the top three among so many talented, smart girls.

"It's definitely an honor, no matter where I placed, just to be there and represent York," she said.


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For her talent, Jordann portrayed Gamzatti from "La Bayadere" as part of a classical ballet variation en pointe.

Last year, York's winner placed first runner-up in the state. In the two years prior, York girls won the state competitions.

"Our girls always do really, really well," Bergdoll said.

The program's purpose is not to produce winners, though: It's to give girls the opportunity to have a learning experience and earn scholarship dollars, she said.

— Reach Mollie Durkin at mdurkin@yorkdispatch.com.