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Seven aim to be ‘Distinguished Young Women’

Participants in the 2016 Chilton County Distinguished Young Women program practice on Wednesday leading up to the event at the Chilton County High School auditorium. (Photo by Anthony Richards)

Participants in the 2016 Chilton County Distinguished Young Women program practice on Wednesday leading up to the event at the Chilton County High School auditorium. (Photo by Anthony Richards)

The 60th annual Distinguished Young Women program will be held in Chilton County on Saturday beginning at 6 p.m. at the Chilton County High School auditorium.

Seven upcoming high school seniors will participate in this year’s contest to see which one will win cash scholarships that will be used toward a college education.

“We try to teach the girls life skills that they can take with them,” said co-chair of the event Kay Clark.

The program is broken up into five categories that will each be scored by judges. The categories include talent, scholastic, self-expression, interview and fitness.

Winners are chosen for each of the events, with the most coveted honor going to overall winner and the recipient recognized as the “Distinguished Young Woman.”

“It presents endless opportunities and multiple doors for the girls that participate,” Clark said. “You don’t even have to win in order for it to look good on your college resume.”

Last year’s winner was Makenzie Roller, who has come back to be involved in this year’s practices leading up to the main event.

“It was an awesome experience for me, and I just want to share that with the other girls,” Roller said.

The winner of the event will be invited to Montgomery to compete for the state title on January 20 and 21, 2017.

Admission to attend the event is $5 and email chilton@distinguishedyw.org for more information or any questions leading up to the event.