The 56th Annual Soddy Daisy Distinguished Young Women Program 2015 will be held Saturday, March 29, at 6:30 p.m. at Soddy Elementary School, 260 School St.
The theme this year is "Successful Women." Tickets are $10. The program book will be $5.
The 2014 Soddy Daisy Distinguished Young Woman is Miss Lauren "Paige" Bureau, daughter of Julie Kilpatrick. There are 10 local girls who have worked to prepare for this program this year.
The judging system is designed to evaluate the qualities and characteristics the program promotes. Interview is 25 percent, talent is 25 percent, scholastics is 20 percent, fitness is 15 percent and self expression is 15 percent.
The Be Your Best Self program is the official outreach of the program where the girls speak at schools, clubs and churches. "Be Healthy, Be Involved, Be Studious, Be Ambitious, and Be Responsible."
This program was formerly known as Junior Miss. In 2010 the name was changed to Distinguished Young Women to better reflect awareness and expand the opportunities for volunteers and alumnae. It continues to encourage continued education, develop self confidence, encourage and showcase excellent in academics, physical fitness, public speaking, and perform their talent on stage.
America's Junior Miss was founded in 1958 and is the oldest and largest scholarship program for high school senior girls. It has helped thousands of girls pay for their educations and pursue their ambitions. Over 700,000 young women have competed at the local, state and national levels. More than $33 million in scholarship opportunities have been made available.