Good Luck Sierra
This weekend, one of our own is set to compete for a national title — The Distinguished Young Woman.
Sierra Harland, a Los Lunas High School graduate and valedictorian, is in Mobile, Ala., with dozens of other young women vying for the national title, which is formerly known as America’s Junior Miss.
This isn’t your everyday beauty pageant. It’s more than that.
Distinguished Young Women is a national scholarship program that inspires high school girls to develop their full, individual potential through a fun, transformative experience that culminates in a celebratory showcase of their accomplishments, according to its website.
And for Sierra, the experience is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It’s a chance for this girl — our neighbor, our friend — to showcase who she is. She is a bright young woman, who is talented and is full of ambition.
We should all be proud of Sierra. She has worked hard and long for her chance to compete. She, along with her fellow competitors, are hoping to win scholarships up to $130,000 and a chance to represent the program during the upcoming year.
But if she does win, and we sincerely hope she does, she will join an elite list of women who have gone on and have accomplished great things, such as ABC anchor Diane Sawyer, actress Debra Messing and computer scientist and IBM executive Dr. Linda Rutledge Delbridge.
And if she, by chance, doesn’t win, Sierra will still be a winner in our eyes.
We, as a community, should all stand behind and support our youth in these, and other, endeavors they seek. They are our future, our hope and our dreams.
For those of us who can’t be in Mobile, Ala., to watch Sierra compete, we all can log on to www.local15tv.com at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, and cheer her on.
We hope nothing but the best for Sierra. And remember, we’ll all be back here in Valencia County hoping and praying for the best. Go get ’em girl!