DYW awards scholarships; hosts large crowd

From staff reports

The Winston County Distinguished Young Women Scholarship program
(formerly Winston County Junior Miss) packed the Louisville High
School auditorium Saturday night as 6 young ladies vied for the title
and several scholarships.

Of the 6 young ladies, Anna Claire Webb earned the top title and
scholarships. Webb who was named the 2014 Distinguished Young Woman
of Winston County joins the long list of winners honored by the group
in Winston County.

As the overall winner, Webb earned the program medallion, a
Mississippi State University scholarship, a 2-year scholarship at
ECCC, a JSU scholarship, a scholarship provided by the Winston County
Distinguished Young Women committee, charm and pearl bracelet and
flowers.

Webb is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Robert Webb. She is a
junior at Noxapater Attendance Center.
Webb played “Whitewater Chopped Sticks” by Calvin
Jones on the piano as her talent. Webb also earned the talent
award, physical fitness and the interview award.

For talent award she earned a scholarship from Winston County
officials, a Scholarship from Louisville Banker’s Association and
charm and bracelet.
With the physical fitness award she earned a scholarship from Winston
Rehab and charm and bracelet. She also earned the interview award for
which she received a scholarship from State Farm, a scholarship from
Bullock Toyota and a charm and bracelet.

First Alternate Emily Mills also earned the Be Your Best Self Essay
Award. Mills is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brian
Mills. She is a junior at Noxapater Attendance Center.

As first alternate she earned a JSU scholarship, a scholarship
provided by the Winston County Distinguished Young Women committee, a
charm and bracelet and flowers.

For the “Be Your Best Self” essay award, she earned a scholarship
from Louisville Businessman’s Club, a scholarship from Whimsical
Wicks Candle Company and charm and bracelet.
For the scholastic award, she earned the Alexis Grace Taylor
Scholarship of $1000 and charm and bracelet.

Second Alternate Madison Holdiness earned JSU scholarship, a
scholarship provided by the Winston County Distinguished Young Women
committee, a charm and bracelet, and a scholarship from Junior
Auxiliary of Louisville. Holdiness is a junior at Nanih Waiya
Attendance Center. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joey
Holdiness.

Kimberly Hallford earned the Spirit of DYW award. The Spirit award is
selected by the other contestants. Hallford is the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs.
Darrell Hallford. She is a junior at Grace Christian School.

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.

In addition to the Winston County title and scholarships Webb 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 2014.

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 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.