Cleveland will welcome 18 young women from across the state to compete for Distinguished Young Woman of Tennessee 2014. Each contestant will compete in interview, fitness, self expression, and talent. Scholastics also counts for a percentage of the score. The winner will represent the state of Tennessee at Distinguished Young Women of America next year in Mobile, Ala.
Founded in 1958 in Mobile, Distinguished Young Women is the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls. During its 56 years of operation, the program has provided life-changing experiences for more than 730,000 young women. Last year, Distinguished Young Women provided more than $108 million in cash and college scholarship opportunities to program participants at the local, state and national level.
Previously known as America’s Junior Miss, the program announced its new name in June 2010. The mission of Distinguished Young Women is to positively impact the lives of young women by providing a transformative experience that promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership and talent.
The Distinguished Young Women of Tennessee competition will be held at Dixon Center on the campus of Lee University in Cleveland, July 19 and 20, at 7 p.m. both nights. Tickets are $25 each night or $45 for Friday and Saturday and are available for purchase at the door. Tickets may also be purchased in advance at Perry’s Petals and The Orange Blossom Boutique both in Cleveland.
The contestants will arrive at Dixon Center on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. to prepare for a week of rehearsals and community appearances.
For more information about Distinguished Young Women of Tennessee, contact chairperson Kay Free at 718-6967.