The 2014 Distinguished Young Women of Cleveland Scholarship Program turned out to be one of Cleveland’s most exciting scholarship programs of all time.
The entertaining event was filled with amazing costumes, choreographed fight scenes and several of the community's exceptional young ladies and young men.
Held at First Baptist Church on March 9, the event showcased the talents and accomplishments of 12 outstanding young ladies from area high schools.
At the conclusion of the evening, Laura Kate Evans, a student at Bradley Central High School, was named the 2014 Distinguished Young Woman of Cleveland. Evans also received the Spirit of Distinguished Young Woman award (voted on by the contestants) as well as the overall interview award and the creative writing award and honorable mentions in talent, self-expression, and fitness.
Evans will go on to compete in the 2014 Distinguished Young Women of Tennessee program to be held at the Dixon Center at Lee University in July.
Megan Castleberry was named first runner-up and received the overall fitness award as well as an honorable mention in interview. Allie Beth Cody was named second runner-up and received the overall self-expression award. Cody also received the community service award.
Other program awards went to Caitlin McSpadden, overall scholastics: Peyton Nolen, honorable mention scholastics: Victoria Summers, overall talent: Natalie Calfee, honorable mention Spirit of Distinguished Young Women: and Victoria Jones, photographer's choice. Jacob Barnes received the Colby Stansberry memorial escort scholarship.
Local radio personality Bridget Baggett Forester served as mistress of ceremonies and David Goodwill served as master of ceremonies. Additional entertainment was provided by Ashley Heald, the 2013 Distinguished Young Woman of Cleveland; volunteers from the 2013 program; David Goodwill; and the very entertaining escorts who performed twice during the program.
The Distinguished Young Women of Cleveland Committee, which is comprised of community volunteers, extended a special thanks to the families of the young ladies and young men as well as the individuals and businesses who helped support this year's program with scholarship money, time and other valuable services.
Scholarships for the program were provided by Crump and Richardson PLLC; state Sen. Mike Bell and Rep. Kevin Brooks; Dr. Seth Ford and family; Junior Auxiliary of Cleveland; Dr. Brian and Kim Mitchell, Evan and Lydia; Robert and Ramona Thompson, Logan-Thompson, P.C.; and Dewayne Wilson, Enviro-Clean.
Studio D provided photography services and Perry's Petals served as the official florist. Kendra Collins of Ever After Bridal served as the official outfitter for the program. A special thank you went to Kay Free for having the program televised and to First Baptist Church of Cleveland for allowing the program to be held in its facility. Also, for the staff and crew who helped to create a memorable evening for all involved.