Thompson will represent Vermillion at Junior Miss The adventure of competition, new friendships, and new experiences are offered along with honors for their excellence to South Dakota high school senior girls in the South Dakota Junior Miss Program.
The Junior Miss program was founded in 1957 and is the oldest and largest scholarship program for high school girls. Over 700,000 young women compete at the local, state and national levels, with $28 million available in scholarshi ps each year. Former participants include Diane Sawyer of ABC News (America's Junior Miss in 1963) Deborah Norville of Inside Edition (Georgia's Junior Miss in 1976), Julie Moran, weekend anchor of Entertainment Tonight (America's Junior Miss in 1980) and Helene Duhamel, anchor of KOTA Territory News (South Dakota's Junior Miss in 1980).
The South Dakota Junior Miss Program will be held March 2 at 7 p.m. at the Community Center Theatre in Sturgis.
The state program is part of a nationwide program to recognize, reward, and encourage excellence among all young people by spotlighting the accomplishments of high school senior girls.
Ashley Thompson, of Vermillion High School, will represent Vermillion in this year's program. She is the daughter of Marsha and Craig Thompson. She will present a song and dance routine for the talent portion of the program.