Maheu Earns Distinguished Woman Award

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Photo by Leigh Minor Photography.
Photo by Leigh Minor Photography.

Last month Arlene Maheu of Felton, DE was honored with the Distinguished Young Woman of Delaware award, competing in the preliminary competition to the national program known as Distinguished Young Women. During the statewide scholarship program for high school girls, held at the Possum Point Theater in Georgetown, DE, Maheu was awarded over $2600 in cash scholarships along with tuition scholarships to two universities.

“It was really exciting and I am looking forward to my year as Delaware’s Distinguished Young Woman,” commented Maheu. “I will be going to appearances and encouraging others to be involved in school and with their community.”

A student of Polytech High School in Woodside, DE, Arlene has been a member of Diamond Dance Company (DDC) in Milford for the past three seasons portraying the lead roles of Snow Queen in the Nutcracker and Scarecrow and Dorothy in DDC’s Wizard of Oz Ballet. This year she will dance the lead role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in Diamond Dance Company’s 16th production of The Nutcracker Ballet on December 6 and 7 at Milford High School.

During the Delaware Distinguished Young Woman competition, Maheu danced the classical ballet piece Cupid en pointe from Don Quixote, which she learned dancing with En Pointe Studio in Camden, DE, for the talent portion of the program. She was also evaluated in four other categories including scholastics, interview, fitness and self-expression. Arlene took home the scholarship awards for scholastic, interview, and talent, receiving $2600 in cash scholarships along with tuition scholarships to two universities.

In June, Maheu will travel to Mobile, AL to compete with young women from 49 other states participating in personal development activities and community service projects before competing for the opportunity to become the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2015 and for additional cash scholarships.

“I am looking forward to expanding my horizons and getting to have the experience of meeting girls from across the country,” state Maheu when asked about the national competition in June. “I am very anxious to see their talents.”

Misty Yencer, Director of Diamond Dance Company, is very proud of Maheu and what she has been able to accomplish as a young woman. “It really makes us proud that we have been a part of shaping someone to be a good person,” said Yencer. “Arlene is a talented dancer but also a scholar and involved in her community.” Last year, Abby Chow of DDC was recognized as the Delaware Distinguished Young Woman and in 2011 Victoria Brown-O’Brien was crowned Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen.

Second in her class academically at Polytech High School, Maheu is looking to attend the University of Alabama or Auburn University next year. She wants to study athletic training and exercise science and attend graduate school to become a physical therapist.