DYW winner prepares for state competition

From press & staff reports


Winning sometimes is not about the prizes or accolades one might receive from it. Some compete for other reasons, such as love for their profession or just for the pride of doing their best. For Anna Claire Webb, winning is a reflection of her being at her best, for herself.

Webb, who was crowned Winston County Distinguished Young Woman this past March, is preparing for her upcoming trip to Meridian for the 57th annual Distinguished Young Women of Mississippi program to be held July 18-20 at the Temple Theater for the Performing Arts. She recently went to Meridian to participate in the orientation and workshop for the state program on April 20.

A panel of five judges will select one representative to advance. The winner will go on to represent Mississippi in the Distinguished Young Women of America Program in Mobile, Ala., in June 2014.

Webb talked about how it was to compete and win the Winston County DYW contest, and how it helped her to improve on her personal aspects. “I always wanted to do it,” Webb said of entering the program. “When my sister did it, she enjoyed competing and made a lot of friends. It helped my self-confidence. I was a lot more shy prior to the program.”

Webb mentioned how she prepared for the talent and physical portions of the Winston County DYW program for about four months. She is now giving that same devotion to preparation for the state program. “I have been working on my routine from the orientation, as well as preparing for the fitness and talent portions,” Webb said.

Not only is Webb thankful for the scholarships and prizes she received from winning the program, she is more thankful for what it has done for her mentally. “The program definitely helps you be your best self and challenges and encourages you,” Webb said. “I encourage any young woman to be a part of the program. Even if you do not win you can gain so much from it.”

Webb, who is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Robert Webb of Noxapater, plans to become a nurse when she graduates and hopes to attend ECCC and maybe University Medical Center. She will have a full scholarship from ECCC for winning the DYW program.

Webb would like to thank her family, friends, church family, community, and especially the DYW committee for their support. If you would like to continue supporting Webb, you can attend the 57th annual Distinguished Young Women of Mississippi program from July 18-20.