MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – The Distinguished Young Woman Class of 2014 is gearing up for its competition this upcoming weekend. On Wednesday night, the women held a sneak peak of what is to come.
It was Community Night at the Civic Center Theater in Downtown Mobile. The young women from around the country welcomed Mobilians, volunteers – and for the first time in a week and a half – their own families. The women sand, danced, and held friendly competition on stage. Members from past years returned to reflect on their time in DYW. Some of this year’s Distinguished Young Women said they are honored to have such a great experience in the Port City.
“The experience overall is very overwhelming and very amazing,” said Sierra Crandell from Montana.
“It’s been pretty overwhelming but the city of mobile has just been so welcoming to us. I know it’s not really the typical experience of a visitor coming into mobile but it’s the most friendly and welcoming community,” Amy Liu from New Jersey.
“One of the biggest things I’ve learned from distinguished young women is that it’s a lifestyle. This program that is taking place in mobile is not just a one time event. What we really try to instill in the girls is be a distinguished young woman every day of their lives,” said Nicole Renard of Washington State. Renard is the current Distinguished Young Woman.
The 57th National Finals begin Thursday night and continue through Saturday at the Mobile Civic Center Theater.