Hogue prepares for state DYW competition

From press reports

Madeline Hogue, Distinguished Young Woman of Winston County, will be one of 36 Mississippi high school seniors competing for more than $42,500 in college scholarships when the Distinguished Young Women Program of 2013 begins Thursday, July 19, in Meridian, Mississippi.

The state program, now in its 56th 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 21. The curtain opens at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 8 p.m. on Saturday.

Reserved tickets for the 2012 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 601-693-5353. Visa and MasterCard are welcomed.

“We are extremely excited about this year’s program,” said Marc Fisher, 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 $264,000 in cash college scholarships through its state and local programs.

Madeline, the daughter of Gaye and Paul Hogue of Louisville, is homeschooled. Her academic accomplishments, memberships, community service activities and hobbies include the following: First year Anchor Club member, Member of First Presbyterian Church, Active in First Presbyterian Church Youth Group, Volleyball Achievement award, National Federation of Music award, Anchor Club- 1 hour, Playing instuments at Nursing Home- 10 hours, songwriting and self-taught guitar and ukulele player. She plans to attend Belhaven University or Mississippi State University to pursue a career in Business.

During the weeklong program in Meridian, program contestants are evaluated on scholastic achievement, fitness, self-expression, talent and interview. Hogue has chosen an Instrumental Performance of Prelude in G Minor. Op. 23, No. 5 for her talent.

Last year, Mallory Pitts, Distinguished Young Woman of Starkville, took the title of Distinguished Young Woman of Mississippi and a total of $14,500 in scholarships. She was awarded the Brainstorm Creative Group Overall Talent Award and a fitness preliminary award.

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.