Distinguished Young Women announced

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At the Distinguished Young Woman event are, from left, Savannah Emerich, Coweta County Distinguished Young Woman; Annette Todd, Newnan-Coweta DYW Chairperson; and Lauren Horvat, Newnan Distinguished Young Woman. 


The Distinguished Young Women of Newnan and Coweta County organization held a program to select qualifying young women for the class of 2015 on Feb. 1 at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts.

Twenty high school junior girls from Coweta County participated in this year’s program, formerly Newnan and Coweta County’s Junior Miss Scholarship Program.

Lauren Horvat was awarded the title of Distinguished Young Woman of Newnan, and Savannah Emerich was awarded the title of Distinguished Young Woman of Coweta County for 2015. Both earned the opportunity to compete for the title of Distinguished Young Woman of Georgia Aug. 1 and 2 in Marietta. The state winner will travel to Mobile, Alabama, to participate in personal activities and community service projects before competing with representatives from the other 49 states for the opportunity to become the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2015 and for a share of more than $125,000 in cash scholarships.

Because of local sponsors and community support a total of $4,925 was awarded to the Newnan-Coweta class of 2015. In addition to the title of Newnan’s Distinguished Young Woman, Horvat received preliminary awards in Fitness and Self-Expression for a total scholarship award of $1,250. Emerich, the Coweta County Distinguished Young Woman, won preliminary awards for Interview and Self-Expression for a total of $1,250 in cash tuition scholarships.

Olivia Laaker was chosen first runner-up and received preliminary awards for Self-Expression, Talent and Interview earning her a total of $875 in scholarships.

Sarah Katherine “S. K.” Palmer earned the title of second runner-up as well as a Talent preliminary and was awarded $425.

Jordan Dean was chosen as the “Spirit of Jr. Miss” award winner, which is an award voted on by the participants themselves. She received a $125 cash tuition scholarship. Thao Nguyen won $125 for her Fitness preliminary.

Autumn Wilson earned $250 with preliminary awards in Scholastics and Fitness. Adessa McWilliams was awarded $125 for her preliminary award in Talent. Sarah Savoie and Anna Weatherly each won $125 with preliminary awards in Scholastics. Also earning a preliminary award of $125 in Interview was Michelle Burston. Alaina Whitmore was the winner of the “Be Your Best Self” essay award and earned $125. Be Your Best Self is the national platform for America’s Distinguished Young Women. Each contestant submitted an essay describing how you can be your best self.

Founded in 1958 in Mobile, Alabama, Distinguished Young Women is the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls. It has provided life-changing experiences for more than 700,000 young women across the country and more than $98 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.

Distinguished Young Women is a scholarship program that inspires high school girls to develop their full potential through a fun, transformative experience that culminates in a celebratory showcase of their accomplishments. National sponsors include the City of Mobile, Mobile County, Barbara Barrington Jones Family Foundation, Encore Rehabilitation, Wintzell’s Oyster House, Alabama Power Foundation, Master Boat Builders, Regions Bank, and Sirote & Permutt. The 57th National Finals will take place in Mobile, Alabama on June 26, 27 & 28, 2014. Follow Distinguished Young Women on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. 

 The Class of 2015 Newnan-Coweta County DYW participants and their schools included: Brenda Robertson (Northgate), Elizabeth Biggs( East Coweta), Michelle Burston (Newnan), Leondra Head (East Coweta), Lauren Horvat (Northgate), Olivia Laaker (Northgate), S. K. Palmer (East Coweta), Jordan Dean (East Coweta), Ashley Houston (Newnan), Elizabeth Nouryeh (East Coweta), Sarah Savoie (East Coweta), Alaina Whitmore (Northgate), Autumn Wilson(East Coweta), Anna Weatherly(East Coweta), Thao Nguyen(Northgate), Chelsea Smith (Newnan), Savannah Emerich (East Coweta), Adessa McWilliams (East Coweta), Ralyn Tyler (East Coweta) and Brittany Whelan (East Coweta).

For more information or to invite Annette Todd to speak with your civic or community group about the Distinguished Young Women Program, contact her at atodd@numail.org or see the Distinguished Young Women website at www.distinguishedyw.org .



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