DYW program will be in July

Published 7:55 pm Monday, March 26, 2012

The Distinguished Young Women Program – formerly America’s Junior Miss – is a national scholarship program which inspires high school girls to develop their full potential by providing college scholarships, developing self-confidence, encouraging academic achievement, fitness, performance and communication skills.

The 53-year-old program has provided more than $92 million in cash scholarships over its lifetime and life-enhancing experiences to more than 700,000 young women.

Each year, contestants from across Chilton County compete for cash scholarships and the chance to be the next local representative. Without the support of the Chilton County communities, this program would not be possible.

Each facet of Distinguished Young Women is funded by generous sponsors and is run by a group of dedicated volunteers.

The 2012 Distinguished Young Woman of Chilton County is Brooke Clark of Clanton. Through her participation in the Chilton County program, Brooke earned three separate awards, for a total of $1,500 in cash scholarships and the opportunity to advance to the next level of competition.

In the past, participants have been asked to obtain signatures (donations) from local merchants. This year, the local chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma teacher society is collecting donations and contributions on behalf of the contestants.

There are many other changes being made, as the organizers plan to make the program bigger and better than ever.

Leslee Deavers is the Chilton County local chairman in charge of this year’s program.

“I would like to encourage any high school junior to participate,” Deavers said. “Reserve the entire week leading up to the program date of July 14 for practices and the finale. Don’t miss out!”

For more information about Distinguished Young Women of Chilton County, please contact Leslee Deavers at (205) 755-8825 or email her at chilton@distinguishedyw.org.