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February 17, 2013

Distinguished Young Women

Local high school girls vie for Meridian, Lauderdale County titles

MERIDIAN —     The 2014 Meridian/Lauderdale County Distinguished Young Woman program will be Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. at the MSU Riley Center. Six young ladies will be competing for the title of Lauderdale County's Distinguished Young Woman while 12 young ladies compete for Meridian's title.

    The 2013 Distinguished Young Woman of Meridian Rachel Varela and 2013 Distinguished Young Woman of Lauderdale County Mackenzie Ross will be on hand to congratulate the new winners, who will each earn a $5,000 cash scholarship. More than $26,000 in cash scholarships will be presented during the evening which honors young ladies in their 11th grade year of high school.

    Contestants are judged in the following areas:

    • Panel Evaluation: 25 percent – A 10-minute interview is conducted with each candidate. The judge's panel scores the candidate on perception, personality, a sense of values, clarity of expression and human relations.

    • Talent: 25 percent – Judging is based on originality, technical ability, appropriateness of selection and costume, stage presence and performance.

    • Scholastic Achievement:  20 percent – A panel of qualified educators reviews and rates transcripts of grades and scores of scholastic and college entrance exams.

    • Physical Fitness: 15 percent – Contestants are scored on coordination, stamina, agility, posture and carriage, attitude and overall conditioning to the choreographed routine.

    • Self Expression: 15 percent – Grace, poise, carriage and posture are considered along with composure and speech.

Lauderdale County

contestants include:

Natalie Louise Williams

School: Lamar High School

Career Goals: Forensic Pathologist

College Choices: Vanderbilt University

Activities/Honors: Member of Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church * Fellowship of Christian Athletes * Bible Drills * Mayor's Youth Leadership Council * Lamar Junior Varsity and Varsity Basketball * LHS Varsity Track * Junior Varsity Softball and Soccer * EMEPA Youth Leadership Program * Red Cross Certified Lifeguard * Piano Student

Talent: Piano Solo Hungarian Opus 39, No. 12 by Edward MacDowell

Kinsey Nicole Thornton

High School: Meridian High School

Career Goals: Physiatrist

College Choices: Tulane University or the University of Mississippi

Activities/Honors: National Honors Society * Youth Advisory Committee * Meridian High Newspaper Staff * Meridian High School Varsity Cheerleading * Dusty Social Service Club-Social Chairman * Central United Methodist Church Youth Group * Fellowship of Christian Athletes * Southern Debutant Assembly * 12 years of gymnastics * Guitar Lessons

Talent: Dance/Tumbling to "It's Raining Men" by The Weather Girls

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