DYW awards scholarships; hosts large crowd

[news] DYW awards scholarships; hosts large crowd By Joseph McCain
The Winston County Journal

The Winston County Distinguished Young Women Scholarship program (formerly Winston County Junior Miss) packed the Louisville High School auditorium Saturday night as 9 young ladies vied for the title and several scholarships.
Of the 9 young ladies, Madeline Hogue earned the top title and scholarships. Hogue who was named the 2013 Distinguished Young Woman of Winston County joins the long list of winners honored by the group in Winston County. As the overall winner, Hogue earned the program medallion, a $1,000 MSU scholarship, a 2-year scholarship at ECCC, a $2317 JSU scholarship, $3,500 scholarship provided by the Winston County Distinguished Young Women committee, charm and pearl bracelet from the Jewel Shoppe, and flowers.
Hogue is a home-schooled junior and is the daughter of Paul and Gaye Hogue. Hogue also earned the talent award, physical fitness and the interview award. For talent award she earned $350 scholarship from Winston County officials, $300 Scholarship from Mainly Music, $100 Scholarship from Louisville Banker’s Association and charm and bracelet from the Jewel Shoppe. Hogue performed “Prelude in G Minor Op. 23 No. 5” by Sergei Rachmaninoff on the piano. With the physical fitness award she earned $500 scholarship from Winston Rehab and charm and bracelet form Silver Goose. She also earned the interview award for which she received a $100 scholarship from State Farm, a $400 scholarship from Bullock Toyota and a charm and bracelet provided by the Silver Goose.
First Alternate Victoria Burton, also earned the Be Your Best Self Essay and scholastic award. Burton attends Nanih Waiya High School and is the daughter of Glenn and Amy Willis and Ronald Burton.  As first alternate she earned a $2317 JSU scholarship, a $2,500 scholarship provided by the Winston County Distinguished Young Women committee, a charm and bracelet provided by the Silver Goose and flowers. For the scholastic award, she earned the Alexis Grace Taylor Scholarship of $1000 and charm and bracelet from the Jewel Shoppe. For the “Be Your Best Self” essay award, she earned a $250 scholarship from Louisville Businessman’s Club, a $250 scholarship from Whimsical Wicks Candle Company and charm and bracelet from the Jewel Shoppe
Second Alternate Lesli Jane Pickett earned $2317 JSU scholarship, a $1250 scholarship provided by the Winston County Distinguished Young Women committee, a charm and bracelet provided by the Silver Goose, and $500 scholarship from Junior Auxiliary of Louisville. She is a junior at Winston Academy and is the daughter of Susan and James Sanders and Mike Pickett.
The Distinguished Young Women Scholarship program promotes young women to succeed and “Be Their Best Self” and awards the scholarships in hopes the young ladies will attain their goals.
“It is honor to be part of this program,’” said Pam Womack, who served ad mistress of ceremonies for the event and has for eh past 9 years.
In addition to the Winston County title and scholarships Hogue will also represent the county in the state program held in Meridian this summer. The winner of the state program will go on to represent Mississippi in the Distinguished Young Women of America Program in Mobile, Ala., in June 2013.
Saturday’s program was a showcase of talent (25 percent of the scoring), fitness (15 percent of the scoring) and self-expression (15 percent of the scoring) combined with judges’ interview (25 percent of the scoring) and scholastic evaluation (20 percent of the scoring) that were completed prior to Saturday evening.
The program also included a goal for the 3rd Annual Run for Quinn Gregory. Gregory has Sanfilippo Syndrome and the DYW have raised funds for the last three years to help find a cure. The run is set for April 28.
“Until there is a cure – we will run,” said Womack noting the commitment of the program to Gregory and fight against the disease.
The America’s Distinguished Young Women Scholarship program (formerly Junior Miss) was founded in 1957 and is the oldest and largest scholarship program for young women. Winston County’s program began in 1961. More than 6,500 high school girls participate each year.