From press reports
Anna Claire Webb, Distinguished Young Woman of Winston County, will be one of 33 Mississippi high school seniors competing for more than $44,500 in college scholarships when the Distinguished Young Women Program of 2014 begins Thursday, July 18, in Meridian, Mississippi.
The state program, now in its 57th year, celebrates and spotlights the outstanding achievements of the state’s best and brightest high school girls. The three nights of competition in Meridian’s Temple Theater for the Performing Arts concludes on Saturday, July 20. The curtain opens at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 8 p.m. on Saturday.
Reserved tickets for the 2014 Distinguished Young Women Program are available for $60 for a three-night package. General admission tickets are available for $45 for a three-night package, or they may be purchased for individual evenings: $15, Thursday; $15, Friday; and $20, Saturday. Tickets may be obtained by calling 601-917-2156. Visa and MasterCard are welcomed.
“We are extremely excited about this year’s program,” said Sid Wilkinson, Distinguished Young Women of Mississippi State Chairman. “This program celebrates what is right with today’s young people and offers them cash scholarship opportunities to further their education.” Last year, Distinguished Young Women of Mississippi awarded close to $240,636 in cash college scholarships through its state and local programs.
Anna, the daughter of Susan and James Webb of Noxapater, attends Noxapater Attendance Center. Her accomplishments include 1st place state HOSA winner in community awareness, EMEPA Youth Leadership Conference Representative and State Keyboard Festival- Superior. She’s the Pianist for Noxapater Methodist Church and a member of Tiger Stripes and Health Occupations Students of America-VP. Her community service activities include volunteering with Tiger Stripes and HOSA. Some of her hobbies and interests are serving as a part-time pianist for Mt. Pisgah Methodist Church and playing popular and classical music on the piano. She plans to attend ECCC followed by the University Medical Center in Jackson (UMC) to pursue a career as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.
During the weeklong program in Meridian, program contestants are evaluated on scholastic achievement, fitness, self-expression, talent and interview. Webb has chosen the piano piece Whitewater Chopped Sticks for her talent.
Last year, Mackenzie Ross, Distinguished Young Woman of Lauderdale County, took the title of Distinguished Young Woman of Mississippi and a total of $13,500 in college scholarships. She was awarded the John Houston Phillips Overall Self-Expression Award and talent and scholastic preliminary awards.
The Distinguished Young Women Program was founded as America’s Junior Miss in 1957 and is the oldest and largest scholarship program for young women. More than 6,500 high school girls participate each year. Past participants include Diane Sawyer, Debra Messing, Deborah Norville, Julie Moran, the late Mary Frann, Kim Basinger and Kathie Lee Gifford.
Distinguished Young Women national sponsors include Mobile County and the City of Mobile. National category sponsors include Encore Rehabilitation, Spanx, Wintzell’s Oyster House, Mobile Gas, Alabama Power Foundation, Master Boat Builders, Inc. and Regions Financial Corporation.