From press and staff reports
There are no crowns in the Distinguished Young Women Program.
Instead, junior high school girls are awarded a prize more valuable than any tangible trophy — the values necessary for a better future along with scholarship funds.
“It instills in girls to be responsible, to be involved, studious, healthy, and to just try to be a more well rounded young lady,” according to the Distinguished Young Women website.
And though there maybe some semblance of similarity to other pageants — there are talent and fitness routines, as well as other elements common to the more traditional beauty pageant — the clear distinction lies in the focus on academic qualification.
Young Women’ scholastic records are taken into account just as heavily as any other factor. High school transcripts and standardized test scores are all fair game for consideration.
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.
This year’s participants include 8 contestants: Erin Clark, Brandi Watkins, Stephanie Thrash, Amberle Rogers, Courtney Prisock, Kodi Yocham, Gina Johnson and Cassi Pearson.
The program also each year aims to ‘grow’a new line of participants through the Little Sisters program, where each DYW participant selects two underclassmen to assist with their program.
This year’s program will be March 1, 2014 at 6 PM at the LHS auditorium. The theme is Wizard of Oz…There’s No Place like Winston County DYW.