Meridian Star


February 2, 2014

Distinguished Young Women

Meridian & Lauderdale County programs set for Feb. 8


MERIDIAN — Contestant: Briana Maria Scruggs

School: Meridian High School

Parents: Tommy Scruggs & Lesia Moody

Career Goal: Child Psychologist

College Choice: The University of Alabama

Activities/Honors: Meridian High National Honor Society, Dusty Social Service Club, Varsity Cheerleader, Junior Civitan Club, Softball Team • Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Northcrest Baptist Church Youth Group, Leadership Lauderdale Youth Organization

Talent: Modern Dance to “Kings & Queens” by Audio Adrenaline

Lauderdale County

Contestant: Sarah Katlyn Avera

School: Southeast Lauderdale High School

Parents: Donnald Avera and Jo Mattox

Career Goal: Ophthalmologist

College Choice: University of Mississippi

Activities/Honors: Senior Beta Club, Health Occupation Students of America, Cheerleading, Spanish Club, Student Council, International Presentation of Performers (IPOP), Mississippi State Fair Talent Competition, Leadership Lauderdale Youth, MCC Scuba Diving Instructor’s Assistant, Vimville Volunteer Fire Department

Talent: Vocal presentation to “Defying Gravity” from Broadway’s Wicked by Stephen Schwartz

Contestant: Taylor Renee Blackwell

School: Clarkdale High School

Parents: David and Linda Blackwell

Career Goal: Nurse Anesthetist

College Choice: University of Southern Mississippi

Activities/Honors: National Honor Society, Leadership Lauderdale Youth, Clarkdale High School HOSA Vice President, Health Occupational Students of America, Spanish Club, Stage 2 (Meridian Performing Arts Center Youth), Piano Lessons

Talent: Piano Solo “Norwegian Concerto” in A Minor by Edvard Greig

Contestant: Savanna Taylor Boyd

School: West Lauderdale High School

Parents: Dr. Roland and Cynthia Boyd

Career Goal: Dermatologist

College Choice: University of Mississippi

Activities/Honors: Northcrest Baptist Church Youth Group, Velocity Church Choir, Dusty Social Service Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Love Out Loud Ministry, Wesley House Community Clinic Volunteer, Meridian’s Boy’s and Girl’s Club Volunteer, Church of the Mediator Special Needs Act, Health Occupations Students of America, Yearbook Committee

Talent: Vocal Presentation to “I Wanna be a Rockette”

Contestant: Erin Lynann  Bratu

School: West Lauderdale High School

Parents: Jerry and Cyndy Bratu

Career Goal: Chemical Engineering

College Choice: University of Mississippi

Activities/Honors: WLHS Mighty Knight Marching Band - Drum Major, Band - Flute and Piccolo, Color Guard - Co-Captain,  Band Council – Secretary, History Club – President, Math & Science Team, National Junior Honor Society,  Northcrest Baptist Church Youth,  Leo Lions Club, The Torch - Editor

Talent: Color Guard Routine to Ellie Goulding’s “Figure 8”

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