From staff reports
The 2015 Winston County Distinguished Young Woman program will take place Saturday, March 1.
The event starts Saturday night at 6 p.m. in the Louisville High School Auditorium. Seven young ladies will compete in the Winston County program and they will be judged on panel evaluation, talent, scholastic achievement, physical fitness and self-expression. Thousands of dollars in cash scholarships will be presented to the winners and alternates much of it donated by local and area businesses and individuals. This year’s program theme is Wizard of Oz…There’s No Place like Winston County.
The winner will compete in the Mississippi Distinguished Young Woman program in July in Meridian.
The seven contestants are:
Brandi Nicole Watkins
Brandi is the daughter of Hank and Beth Ann Watkins. She attends Winston Academy. She will be singing “Popular” by Stephen Schwartz from Broadway’s Wicked.
Courtney Elayne Prisock
Courtney is the daughter of Tim and Rhonda Prisock. She attends Winston Academy. Her talent will be a vocal presentation of “Angels” made famous by Robbie Williams.
Erin Elizabeth Clark
Erin is the daughter of Mike and Crystal Clark. She attends Noxapater Attendance Center. Erin will be performing a jazz dance to “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey.
Gina Paige Johnson
Paige is the daughter of Jeannie Johnson and the late Larry Johnson. She attends Winston Academy. Paige will be performing a vocal presentation of the show tune, “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend.”
Kodi Anne Yocham
Kodi is the daughter of Bob and Kim Burchfield. She attends Winston Academy. Kodi will perform a comedic monologue by Wade Bradford entitled, “Much Ado Out West.”
Cassi Taylor Pearson
Cassi is the daugther of Karen Pearson and Bruce Pearson. She attends Winston Academy. Cassi will perform a vocal presentation, “If My Friends Could See Me Now”, from the 1966 Broadway musical Sweet Charity.
Amberle Noelle Rogers
Amberle is the daughter of Marvin and Heather Rogers. She attends Winston Academy. Amberle will be dancing to “A Little Less Conversation” by Elvis Presley.
The DYW Program, formerly known as Junior Miss, decided to undergo a name change to more accurately reflect the quality of its participants and focus of the program according to the Distinguished Young Women website.