Special to The Star
The Meridian Star
Thirty-three of the state's brightest young ladies will be in town today to learn about Distinguished Young Women of Mississippi for 2014 week.
The four-hour workshop will be held at 15th Avenue Baptist Church. Distinguished Young Women of Mississippi 2013 Mackenzie Ross will be on hand to give this year’s contestants an insider’s view of the week’s activities.
The 57th annual Distinguished Young Women of Mississippi 2014 Program (formerly Mississippi’s Junior Miss) will be held July 18-20 at the Temple Theater for the Performing Arts. The preliminary competition will be July 18 and July 19, at 7:30 p.m. The final night of competition will be July 20, with the curtain rising at 8 p.m.
One talented young woman will walk away with the title of Distinguished Young Women of Mississippi for 2014 and a $10,000 cash scholarship to use at the college or university of her choice. In total, the Mississippi Junior Miss program will award more than $42,000 in cash scholarships during the three nights of competition.
Ross took the 2013 state title and received a total of $13,500 in cash scholarships, including a $1,000 Mississippi Coca-Cola Bottlers Scholarship, the John Houston Phillips Overall Self Expression Award and preliminary awards in talent and scholastics.
Ross will represent Mississippi in the national finals in Mobile, Ala., June 27- 29, and will compete for the title of Distinguished Young Women of American for 2013 and more than $100,000 in cash scholarships.