WASHINGTON COUNTY - A number of local young women were recognized Saturday by a scholarship program that aims to develop community role models.

The Distinguished Young Women of Florida program named Zoe Shafer as its 2019 Distinguished Young Woman of Washington County. Zoe, a senior at Holmes County High School, won $1,200 in scholarship and will represent the county at an upcoming program to be held in February in Fort Walton Beach.

Other scholarship winners include Vernon High School senior Shanaray Sheffield who won $325 for honoree awards in Scholastic and Interview, was also named the DYW Spirit Winner, according to a DYW news release. Karmin Compton, also a senior at VHS, won $350 for her honoree awards in Fitness and Self-Expression. She also was named the winner for Overall Talent. And, Aniko McFather, another VHS senior, won $125 and was selected as the DYW Essay winner.

The program evaluated the young women in the categories of scholastic, interview, talent, fitness and self-expression.

As the 2019 DYW, Shafer will represent the county at various public events and be instrumental in promoting the program's national outreach message of "Be Your Best Self," the news release stated.

The outreach program encourages self-esteem and excellence in youth through its five principles of: Be healthy, be involved, be studious, be ambitious and be responsible.

Distinguished Young Women of Washington County is open to all junior girls residing in Washington County.  There is no cost to participate. For more information about the Distinguished Young Women program, visit distinguishedyw.org.

For more information on the local program, visit Facebook page DYWWashingtonCountyFlorida, website www.washington.fl.distinguishedyw.org.