The Distinguished Young Women Program of Mobile County is this weekend! Kelly Grable, chairperson for Distinguished Young Women of Mobile County and last year’s winner, Marissa Horstman tell Cherish Lombard thirty-two girls will compete in the Alma Bryant High School Auditorium Friday, June 6 at 7:00p.m. The preliminary competition will continue Saturday, June 7 at 1:00p.m. and conclude with the Top 8 finalists competing in on stage categories at 7:00p.m. Saturday.
Contestants will compete in interviews and scholastic portions off stage. The audience will be able to watch each contestant compete in a fitness routine, a self-expression portion of the competition where the contestants must answer a question on stage, and in a talent presentation. The theme for the competition this year is “The Roaring ‘20s.”
Three $200 cash scholarships will be awarded to the top scoring contestants in each of the five categories of competition. Three service awards will be handed out, as well as the spirit award and scholarships for the best written “Be Your Best Self Essays.” Finalists will receive an additional cash scholarship and the 2015 Distinguished Young Woman of Mobile will receive a $1200 cash scholarship, and will represent Mobile County at the state competition which will be held in Montgomery in January 2015.
Tickets for the preliminary and final competitions will be available at the door each evening. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to the start of the show. Tickets for all shows will be $10 each. The competition will be held at the Alma Bryant High School Auditorium in Irvington, located at 14001 Hurricane Boulevard.
Contestants this year include Alma Bryant High School’s Tori Breuninger, Paiton Trovinger, Brittany Seaman, Brianna Wise and Lauren Collier; Baker High School’s Hannah Gautney, Alexandra Stevens, Julianne Patterson, Taylor Barnickel and Rebecca Nguyen; McGill-Toolen’s Brennan Smith, Isabelle Rutens and Mary Emma Peavy; Mary G. Montgomery’s Courtney Willis and Abby Stephenson; UMS Wright’s Laura Tamblyn and Janie Chow; Murphy High School’s Jane Hanebuth, Noelle Elmore, Maxine Walters and Pamya Frye; Satsuma High School’s Courtney Parker, Robin Johnson, Jessica Wright and Samantha Thomas; Saraland High School’s Catherine Walker and Chelsey Sayasane; Faith Academy’s Macie Myrick, Paityn Collier and Victoria Miller; St. Paul’s Taylor Evans; and Davidson’s Rebecca Brannan.
The Distinguished Young Women program is a scholarship competition for junior girls in high school which was formerly known as America’s Junior Miss. During the Mobile County program last year the 27 participants received nearly $4.4 million in cash and college awarded scholarship offers. The exact monetary amount of scholarships to be awarded this year will not be determined until all college scholarships are awarded during the competition, but the total is expected to top last year’s. Scholarship contributors include Master Boat Builders, City of Bayou La Batre and Mayor Brett Dungan, Dominick’s Seafood, Dr. and Mrs. Richard Holland, Bayou La Batre Chamber of Commerce, Chick-Fil-A and the Shirley Herrington Family.
High school sophomores who are interested in participating in the 2016 program can register any time before March. Girls must be legal residents of the United States and Alabama can go to distinguishedyw.org to register. The 2016 program will be held in June at Alma Bryant High School in Irvington.
If you would like more information, please visit http://www.ajm.org/