The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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November 23, 2012

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PALESTINE — Elkhart girl named Distinguished Youth

Madeline Hagemeier, daughter of Mike and Mary Helen Hagemeier of Elkhart, was recently selected as a candidate in the Distinguished Youth of Texas Scholarship and Recognition Program held Nov. 23-25 at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel in San Antonio.

During the weekend competition, two students were chosen to receive a $1,000 cash scholarship and the right to serve as a State Program Titleholder for one year.

The Distinguished Youth Program is designed to recognize girls in grades 2-7 who rank high academically and who are leaders in their schools and communities. The judging criteria used to select the two state titleholders includes the following: Scholastic Record, Service to School and Community, Personality Projection and Interview.

The Program Finals will be held Sunday at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel and will culminate in the naming of the new Little Miss of Texas and the new Young Miss of Texas. Special guests featured in the program will be the current Little Miss of Texas, Kennedy Raphelt of Nocona and the current Young Miss of Texas, Cait Pool of Athens.

Madeline was sponsored for the weekend by parents Mike and Mary Helen Hagemeier, grandparents Deborah and Dwayne Hagemeier, grandmother Denise Benge and the communities of Elkhart and Palestine.

A local Girl Scout, Hagemeier recently sold over 1,000 boxes of cookies during  a cookie sale. She also requested items for donation to the Humane Society and Rainbow room instead of receiving birthday gifts.

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