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Distinguished Young Women vie for scholarships

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From Staff Reports

Sunday, September 24, 2017

The 37th annual Distinguished Young Women of Rocky Mount program will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 30 at The Dunn Center for The Performing Arts at N.C. Wesleyan College.

Tickets can be purchased in advance from a participants for $15 or at the door for $20.

Founded in 1958 in Mobile, Alabama, Distinguished Young Women is the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls. It has provided more than $100 million in cash scholarships at the local, state and national levels. In addition to cash scholarships, Distinguished Young Women participants are eligible for college-granted scholarships from almost 200 colleges and universities. More than $108 million in college scholarship opportunities were provided last year, some of which included full tuition, room, and board to first-class institutions.

The areas of competition are scholastics (25 percent), interview (25 percent), fitness (15 percent), talent (20 percent) and self expression (15 percent). The Distinguished Young Women of Rocky Mount Class of 2018 consists of 10 outstanding young women who are leaders in their community, schools and churches.

This year’s participants are:

■ Ashley Chavez, daughter of Jose Mario and Reyna Chavez, is a student at Nash Central High School. Her sponsor is Briggs Roofing. Her talent is vocal presentation.

■ Hannah Dixon, daughter of John and Bonnie Dixon, is a student at Faith Christian School. Her sponsor is Xterminator Pest Control. Her talent is vocal presentation.

■ Maggie Hinson, daughter of Mark and Wendy Hinson, is a student at Northern Nash High School. Her sponsor is Allegra – Marketing, Print and Mail. Her talent is tap.

■ Lauren Keel, daughter of Robert and Geraldine Keel, is a student at Nash Central High School. Her sponsor is Hunt & Hunt Dentistry. Her talent is vocal and painting.

■ Kennedy Miller, daughter of Gary and Blair Miller, is a student at Faith Christian School. Her sponsor is The Garden Day Spa & Salon. Her talent is vocal presentation.

■ Sarah Phillips, daughter of Michael and Donna Phillips, is a student at Nash Central High School. Her sponsor is His and Hers of Nashville. Her talent is trumpet.

■ Kaylan Privette, daughter of Richard and Deborah Privette, is a student at Nash Central High School. Her sponsor is Hunt & Hunt Dentistry. Her talent is clarinet.

■ Alexis Reams, daughter of Kenneth Reams and Heather Murphy-Nick, is a student at Rocky Mount Academy. Her sponsor is Dr. Richard Alston. Her talent is piano.

■ Leah Vinson, daughter of Jason and Ashley Vinson, is a student at Northern Nash High School. Her sponsor is Vinson Landscaping. Her talent is lyrical/hip hop.

■ Cara Waddell, daughter of Charles Waddell and Mike and Kelly Anderson, is a student at Nash Central High School. Her sponsor is Jenkins Service Center. Her talent is monologue.

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