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.
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