Allyson Kohler, the daughter of Jeremiah Kohler and granddaughter of Cathy Gutierrez of Alice, has been selected as a candidate in the Distinguished Youth of Texas Scholarship and Recognition Program to be held at the Renaissance Hotel in Austin on Nov. 24 through 26. Allyson is a third grade student at Saenz Elementary. Her grade point average last year was a 98.

During the weekend competition, two Texas students will be chosen to receive a $1,000 United States Savings Bond and the right to serve as a State Program Titleholder for one year. In addition, both winners will receive $250 to present to their respective schools from the Distinguished Youth Program.

In all, more than $5,000 in awards and prizes will be presented to various participants. The Distinguished Youth Program is designed to recognize girls 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.

Program founder Warren Alexander said, "This program truly reflects the female youth of the 21st century. The candidates are well-rounded, intelligent students. Sixty percent of the judging involves written resumes, with another significant portion being the interview with the judges."

The program finals will be held Sunday afternoon, Nov. 26, at the Renaissance 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, Amber Banfill of Wylie, and the current Young Miss of Texas, Megan Khoury of Midland.

Allison will be sponsored for the weekend by Brite Star Services, the Kohler families and other relatives, Saenz Elementary School and other Alice businesses.