Published in the Iola Register on Jun. 14, 2013.

Champlin to participate in national competition

 Alyssa Champlin's academics and outgoing personality have opened doors that have allowed her to participate in a once-in-a-lifetime event.
  Champlin will be competing in the 56th Distinguished Young Women National Finals in Mobile, Alabama. The competition begins on June 27th and ends on the 29th. She will be one of 50 state representatives in the competition.
 The Distinguished Young Women program seeks out high school senior girls who have set themselves apart from their peers. The young women chosen have worked toward excellence in all areas of their lives and represent the best qualities of today's youth.
 The young women  selected are competing for a share of over one hundred thousand dollars in scholarships and the honor to represent the program as the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2013.
 Champlin has been preparing for the competition since she was selected as the Distinguished Young Woman of Kansas.
 She will be evaluated in five categories: scholastics, interview, fitness, talent, and self-expression.
 To prepare, Champlin has been practicing her talent, which will be a point dance, learning the fitness routine, which was given to the participants in advance, and catching up on the news.
 "I have been reading the newspaper and watching the news a lot because we will all be asked current event questions," says Champlin.
 During her stay in Mobile, Champlin will not only participate in the competition, but in many other activities as well. The girls will engage in team building activities, complete community service projects, get to know the community, and spend many hours in rehearsal for the event.
 "I really hope to make friends and take something from this experience," says Champlin.
 If she wins the overall competition, Champlin will be making various appearances all over the country and promoting the program's national outreach initiative. The outreach program focuses on many problems facing children today, such as childhood obesity and high school dropout rates. The program also encourages children to be active in their communities.
 As for the competition aspect, Champlin isn't too worried. "I will do the best I can, but I'm just going to have fun."