‘Bond’ is theme of DYW program to be held Saturday
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Young ladies from area local high schools will vie for the title of Distinguished Young Woman (formerly Junior Miss) of Cleveland Saturday evening at First Baptist Church. The theme of the program is "Bond.”

The program begins at 6 p.m. Tickets for the event are available at Bradley Central, Cleveland, and Walker Valley high schools, Cherokee Pharmacy and The Orange Blossom through Friday.

All seating is general admission ($15) — doors open at 5:45 p.m. Tickets will also be available at the door the evening of the event.

Bridget Baggett Forester will serve as the mistress of ceremonies and David Goodwill will serve as master of ceremonies. Special entertainment will be provided by the current Distinguished Young Woman of Cleveland, Ashley Heald, as well as the 2014 escorts and other great performers.

The "Be Your Best Self" program is a national outreach aimed at encouraging self-esteem in young men and women all over the country. The program stresses the importance of being morally responsible and living a healthy and successful life while promoting education and community service. The five elements of BYBS — Be healthy, Be involved, Be studious, Be ambitious and Be responsible — are the heart of the program and help to create bright and successful leaders for the future.

The winner of the local program will advance to the Distinguished Young Women of Tennessee program to be held at Lee University's Dixon Center in July. The winner of the state program will represent Tennessee in the Distinguished Young Women of America program in Mobile, Ala., in June 2014

The 12 young ladies in the local program are:

— Monserat Rincon, a student at Bradley Central High School. She is the daughter of Beatriz Rincon. She plans to attend either Lee University or Chattanooga State and pursue a career in dental hygiene. Her talent will be a vocal performance in Spanish - "Amazing Grace."

— Courteney Leigh Higgins, a student at Bradley High. She is the daughter of Tabatha and Steven Higgins. She plans to attend the University of Alabama and pursue a career in corporate law. Her talent will be a softball presentation.

— Natalie Danielle Calfee, a student at Tennessee Christian Preparatory School. She is the daughter of Leesa and David Calfee. She plans to attend Lee University and pursue a career in pediatrics. Her talent will be a vocal performance - "Before Your Love."

— Laura Katherine Evans, a student at Bradley High. She is the daughter of Susan and James Evans. She plans to attend the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and pursue a career in trauma or general surgery. Her talent will be a violin performance - "Polish Dance."

— Megan Renee Castleberry, a student at Cleveland High School. She is the daughter of Michelle and Richard Castleberry. She plans to attend the University of Alabama, Lee University, or Belhaven University and pursue a career in dance choreography, youth ministry, and counseling. Her talent will be a jazz pointe dance - "Smooth Criminal."

— Peyton McCall Nolen, a student at Bradley High School. She is the daughter of Kimberly and Brian Nolen. She plans to attend either University of Tennessee at Knoxville or Lee University and pursue a career in pediatrics. Her talent will be a vocal and guitar performance - "Never Alone."

— Sarah Cheyenne Fuller, a student at Cleveland High. She is the daughter of Kristi and Thomas Fuller. She plans to attend the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and pursue a career in physical therapy. Her talent will be an acrobatics/gymnastics performance.

— Caitlin Leigh McSpadden, a student at Bradley High School. She is the daughter of Joy and Chuck McSpadden. She plans to attend the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Her talent will be a vocal performance - "What Do I Know of Holy."

— Allie Beth Cody, a student at Walker Valley High School. She is the daughter of Shelli and Robert Cody. She plans to attend Lee University and pursue a career as a nurse practitioner. Her talent will be a ballet en pointe performance - "Lilac Fairy."

— Abigail Grace Thomasson, a student at Cleveland High. She is the daughter of Lisa and Michael Thomasson. She plans to attend either Belmont University or Lee University. Her talent will be a piano performance - "Velocity."

— Victoria Elizabeth Jones, a student at Walker Valley High. She is the daughter of Danielle and Christopher Jones. She plans to attend the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Her talent will be a clogging performance - "Pound the Alarm."

— Victoria Leigh Summers, a student at Walker Valley High. She is the daughter of Tina and Robert Summers. She plans to attend Lee University and pursue a career in music or writing. Her talent will be a vocal performance - "You're Gonna Miss Me."

The nine escorts in the program are:

— Colton Morrow, a student at Walker Valley. He is the son of Bryan and Diana Morrow.

— Clay Sneed, a student at Walker Valley. He is the son of Tracy and Cathy Sneed.

— Brendan Hayes, a student at Bradley. He is the son of Dustin Hayes and Jennifer Buol.

— Christian Vaught, a student at Cleveland. He is the son of Laud and Pamela Vaught.

— Colby Tatum, a student at Cleveland. He is the son of Dean and Stephanie Tatum.

— Dustin Swafford, a student at Walker Valley. He is the son of John and Cheri Swafford.

— Chandler Hunt, a student at Walker Valley. He is the son of Scott and Tammy Hunt

— Chandler Duggan, a student at Bradley. He is the son of Todd and Cynthia Duggan.

— Jacob Barnes, a student at Bradley. He is the son of Aaron Eberhardt and Nikkie Blackwell.

The local program is sponsored by a committee of local men and women who want to ensure the continued success of the program. Nearly $5,000 in scholarships will be awarded to our local girls next Saturday night.

Almost $2.5 million in cash scholarships were awarded by the programs last year to young women across the nation. More than 700,000 young women have participated in programs at the local, state, and national levels.

It is the oldest organization of its kind in the United States and has had 300 national finalists attend nationally acclaimed colleges and universities offering college-granted scholarships to participants. Some 17,000 volunteers contribute their time and money to programs across the nation.