Distinguished Young Women

Scholarship program winners announced

by Staff Reports

The Distinguished Young Women of Newnan and Coweta County organization, formerly Newnan and Coweta County’s Junior Miss Scholarship Program, held a program to select qualifying young women for the class of 2014 on April 21 at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts.

Morgan Adams was awarded the title of Distinguished Young Woman of Newnan, and Yehong Zhu was awarded the title of Distinguished Young Woman of Coweta County. Both earned the opportunity to compete for the title of Distinguished Young Woman of Georgia at the competition to be held July 26-27 in Marietta. The state winner will travel to Mobile, Ala., 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 and for a share of more than $125,000 in cash scholarships.

Because of local sponsors and community support a total of $6,500 was awarded to the Newnan-Coweta class of 2014, said program chairman Annette Todd. In addition to the title of Newnan’s Distinguished Young Woman, Morgan Adams received preliminary awards in scholastics, self-expression and interview. Adams was also chosen as the “Spirit of Jr. Miss” award winner, which is an award voted on by the participants themselves. Her total scholarship award was $2,250. 

Yehong Zhu, Coweta County Distinguished Young Woman, also won preliminary awards for scholastics, talent, interview and self-expression for a total of $2,300 in cash tuition scholarships.

Toryn Garrett was chosen first runner-up and received a talent preliminary award for a total of $1,000. Brooke Ingalls earned the title of second runner-up and was awarded $400. Laura Haag and Desiree Baloch each won $200 for fitness preliminaries and Kayla Killingsworth was the winner of the “Be Your Best Self” essay award and earned $150. 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.

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.

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, Encore Rehabilitation, Spanx Foundation, Wintzell’s Oyster House, Mobile Gas: a Sempra Company, Regions Bank, Alabama Power Foundation and Master Boat Builders, Inc.

The Newnan-Coweta County DYW participants at the April 21 program included: Mallory Adams (East Coweta), Desiree Baloch (Newnan), McKenzie Bray (Northgate), Brooke Ingalls (East Coweta), Morgan Adams (East Coweta), Toryn Garrett (Northgate), Yehong Zhu (East Coweta), Kelli Hall (Northgate), Kayla Killingsworth (Home school), Rachel Deloach (Northgate) and Laura Haag (East Coweta).

For more information about the program contact Annette Todd at atodd@numail.org or see the Distinguished Young Women website at www.distinguishedyw.org .


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