From staff Reports
Gina Paige Johnson, a junior at Winston Academy and Winston County’s Distinguished Young Woman, will be traveling to Meridian July 20 to compete in the state program for
the title of Mississippi’s Distinguished Young Woman.
The Distinguished Young Woman Program is the new title for the Junior Miss Program.
Johnson earned the title March 1 as the annual competition had 7 young woman vie for the title.
Johnson who is the daughter of Jeannie Johnson and the late Larry Johnson earned the Distinguished Young Women Medallion, a charm and bracelet, a $2000 scholarship, a $895/semester for 2 years at East Central Community College scholarship and a $1000 scholarship at Mississippi State University.
Preliminaries for the state program will be Thursday, July 24 and Friday, July 25. Anna will compete in Fitness and Self-Expression one evening and talent the other evening. Finals for the top ten selected in the program will be held Saturday, July 26. It is at the end of this evening’s competition that Mississippi’s Distinguished Young Woman will be announced.
As part of her talent showcase Gina will perform a vocal presentation of Tight Rope, by Janelle Monae.
“The Winston County program was a really good experience and I’m looking forward to the state program,” said Gina in an earlier interview.
“This program truly does help you become your best self,” added Gina.
If you would like to purchase tickets for the preliminaries and final night, you may contact Kimbo Floyd at (601)693-5353.
Gina can also receive best wishes in the form of cards, letters, e-mail, and flowers to her in care of:
Mississippi’s Distinguished Young Woman Program
Winston County’s Distinguished Young Woman- Gina Paige Johnson
P.O. Box 582 2400 8th Street
Meridian, MS 39302
Gina’s e-mail address for the week will be: GinaJohnson@msjrmiss.com
The Winston County DYW committee hopes that everyone will support Gina by writing letters, and e-mails during the days leading up to the program.
“I have always wanted to participate in the DYW, so this is a dream come true.”