The Cleveland 2018 Distinguished Young Women scholarship program will be held Saturday in the auditorium of the George Johnson building on the campus of Cleveland State Community College. This …
The Cleveland 2018 Distinguished Young Women scholarship program will be held Saturday in the auditorium of the George Johnson building on the campus of Cleveland State Community College. This year’s theme is “Generations.” Emcees for the program will be Darrell Patterson and Dr. Don Robinson.
The current Cleveland DYW, Halla Maynard, of Bradley Central High School, will perform, as well as others. Halla is also the 2017 Tennessee Distinguished Young Woman and will be competing for America’s Distinguished Young Woman, the last week of June, in Mobile, Alabama. An always enjoyable portion of the program will be a dance routine performed by the girls’ escorts.
Tickets for the event are available at Perry’s Petals, which includes a program book — through Friday. Perry’s Petals will accept cash or checks payable to Pilot Club of Cleveland, the sponsor of the program. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door the evening of the program.
Nine young ladies will be competing in physical fitness, talent and self expression. The scholastic and interview portions of the program take place earlier. The winner of the program will advance to the Tennessee state program with an opportunity to win more scholarship money. The state program will be held in Cleveland on July 21-22.
The contestants who will represent Bradley Central, Cleveland, Tennessee Christian Preparatory and Walker Valley high schools in this year’s program are:
Anna Kate Sims attends Cleveland High and is the daughter of Blake and Heather Sims. She plans to attend the United States Air Force Academy. Her talent will be a piano performance.
Michaela Rae West attends Walker Valley High School and is the daughter of Alex and Stephanie West. She plans to attend Lee University. Her talent will be a vocal performance.
Cameron Davis attends Cleveland High and is the daughter of Joe and Leslie Davis. She plans to attend the University of Tennessee. Her talent will be a lyrical dance performance.
Jasmine Ngo attends Walker Valley High School and is the daughter of Minh and Bella Ngo. She plans to attend the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her talent will be a piano performance.
Alayna Tweed attends Walker Valley High School and is the daughter of Dennis and Annette Tweed. She plans to attend Liberty University. Her talent will be a lyrical dance performance.
Lauren Kaylee Joyner attends Bradley Central High School and is the daughter of Justin and Sabrina Lynn. She plans to attend Lee University, Louisiana State University or East Tennessee State University. Her talent will be a spoken-word performance.
Rebecca Watson attends Walker Valley High School and is the daughter of Richard and Karen Watson. She plans to attend Columbia University. Her talent will be a vocal performance.
Mallory Robinson attends Tennessee Christian Preparatory School and is the daughter of Ginger Robinson and the late Jeremy B. Robinson. She plans to attend Lee University. Her talent will be a patriotic recitation performance.
Rheagan Hall attends Cleveland High School and is the daughter of Mack and Karen Hall. She plans to attend the University of Augusta. Her talent will be a tap dance performance.
The DYW escorts for the evening will be Stephen May of Bradley Central High School, son of Loralie and Kerry May; Adam Foster of Cleveland High School, son of April Foster and the late D.J. Foster; Matthew Stuckey of Walker Valley High School, son of Karen Stuckey and the late Hubert Stuckey; Lucas Whitman of Walker Valley High School, son of Mark and Renee Whitman; Noah Cripe of Cleveland High School, son of Andrea Cripe, Joseph Cripe; Ty Baker of Cleveland High School, son of Tyler and Stephanie Baker; Zach Ulrich of Bradley Central, son of Ryan and Holly Ulrich; and Cameron Douglas of TCPS, son of Darrin and Kathi Douglas.
Any girl who resides in Bradley County and will be a junior in high school for the 2017-18 school year may contact Debbie Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org for information regarding next year’s program.
About Distinguished Young Women:
Founded in 1958 in Mobile, Alabama, Distinguished Young Women is the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls. During its 59 years of operation, the program has provided life-changing experiences for more than 745,000 young women. Last year, Distinguished Young Women provided more than $1.1 billion in cash and college scholarship opportunities to program participants at the local, state and national level. Previously known as America’s Junior Miss, the program announced its new name in June 2010.
The mission of Distinguished Young Women is to positively impact the lives of young women by providing a transformative experience that promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership and talent.
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