UPDATED: January 1, 2015:
Miso was recently crowned Miss Pocatello. Along with the title of Miss Pocatello, Jang earned $700 in scholarship money, and she’ll compete in the Miss Idaho event in June
This video is Miso Jang wining the State of Idaho Distinguished Young Woman Scholarship program from 2011.
News release from Oct. 8, 2011:
Idaho Falls, Idaho - On October 8, Michelle Miso Jang of Pocatello, Idaho was named the Distinguished Young Woman of Idaho and awarded $5,150 in cash scholarships during a statewide scholarship program for high school girls held at the Civic Auditorium in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Jang was one of 38 high school senior girls from Idaho who competed to represent the state as the Distinguished Young Woman of Idaho for 2012. Other award recipients included: Kristen Crofts of Idaho Falls (1st Runner-up, Talent Award, Overall Scholastics Award) and Lauren Smith of Post Falls (2nd Runner-up). Participants were evaluated in the categories of Scholastics (20%), Interview (25%), Fitness (15%), Self-Expression (15%) and Talent (25%).
Throughout the next year, Jang will represent Idaho at various public events and serve as a role model to young people by spreading the program’s national outreach message of “Be Your Best Self.” The outreach program is designed to encourage self-esteem and excellence in all young people through its five principles: Be Healthy, Be Involved, Be Studious, Be Ambitious, and Be Responsible.
“I admire the Distinguished Young Women scholarship program because it recognizes girls not only for their external beauty, but also their internal beauty,” said Jang. “I met many girls that were all beautiful and talented in their own ways. They inspired me to be my best self, and I am so thrilled to be able to represent them and Idaho at Nationals.”
Jang is the daughter of John and Susan Jang and is a senior at Century High School. Jang’s achievements include: Member of National Honor Society; Advanced Placement Program; Early College Program; Honors Program; and various dance awards. In addition, Jang’s activities include: Competitive Dancer for Dana Smith Dance Studio; Experienced in Pointe, Ballet, Tap, Contemporary; Apprenticeship Program in Ballet, Tap, and Jazz; Pianist for 7 years; and "Too Great for Hate" club.
The 55th National Finals will take place on June 28, 29, and 30, 2012, in Mobile, Alabama. Jang will travel to Mobile, Alabama along with 49 other state representatives to participate in personal development activities and community service projects before competing for the opportunity to become the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2012 and for a share of more than $130,000 in cash scholarships.