NORTH SALT LAKE — Two honors came to Lauren Johnson, who represented Utah during the 57th Distinguished Young Woman National Finals in Mobile, Ala. this summer.
The Woods Cross High graduate was one of four to receive a fitness award during the second night of competition, which came with a $1,000 cash scholarship. All 50 state representatives competed for the award by performing a choreographed aerobic fitness routine, according to a press release.
The following day, Johnson received a second $1,000 scholarship award, this time for her talent. She performed Bumble Boogie on the piano and was again one of four to receive the highest scores from a panel of judges.
More than the scholarships awarded, which totaled $12,000 for Johnson alone, participating in the event had other advantages. It allowed her to get to know young women from every state, said Johnson, and it helped her learn more about her father’s work.
The diversity was “awesome,” Johnson told the Clipper. She called her participation life-changing.
Because her father coaches professional athletes and business people on mental performance, she was also able to learn from his ideas.
“Working with my dad was the greatest,” she said.
Joey Johnson is the author of “Worthy to Win” and his ideas helped her mental preparation, she said, and made it possible for her to perform at her best. “He helped me be in a better mindset.”
The scholarship competition is held to make a positive impact on the lives of young women and to promote scholarship, leadership and talent, according to the release.
More than $150,000 in scholarships were awarded during the competition. Brooke Rucker of Georgia was selected as the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2014.
Johnson plans to attend Brigham Young University in the fall.