Once again several ambitious, energetic and intelligent young women will vie for the chance to win scholarships that will help them achieve their academic goals, enhance their future career paths, and give them an opportunity to meet new friends who have similar objectives in life.
Saturday’s Distinguished Young Woman (DYW) program gives girls all of that, and much more. For 56 years, the program (formerly called Junior Miss) has been dedicated to helping young women become the leaders of tomorrow.
The academic program focuses on giving girls experience in public speaking, poise, and a well-rounded experience in stepping forward with confidence into the adult world of college, travel and career challenges.
In addition to that self-confidence, the program also fosters friendships that often last a lifetime.
This year’s Cullman County contestants are:
Harper Canaday, daughter of Josh and Kathy Canaday. Harper attends Cullman High School.
While in school Harper has been a National Honor Society member, is vice president of the Key Club, the Dance Line, the Advanced Theater Group and is a Student Ambassador.
Harper is also a member of the First Baptist Chapel Choir.
Harper will be singing a medley of songs from “The Wizard of Oz” and “The Wiz.”
She hopes that this experience will build her self-confidence, help her make new friends along the way, and give her an opportunity to earn some scholarship money to apply to her education.
Harper plans to attend the University of Alabama or Life University, where she will apply her studies toward becoming a Chiropractor.
Good Hope’s Aubry Lovell, daughter of Brian and Lynicia Lovell, appreciates the fact the DYW program is not based on looks, but on academics and moral character.
Aubry will do a jazz rendition of “Singing in the Rain” for the talent segment of the competition.
She plans to attend Vanderbilt University to pursue a career in Biomedical Engineering and Pediatric Neurology.
While in high school, Aubry has been on the Fast Track program, attending classes at Wallace State Community College. She was a member of the Good Hope High School National Honor Society, and the GHHS Leo Club, as well as serving on the math team.
Aubry is a member of Northbrook Baptist Church and works part-time at a local law firm. She was Blessing’s Photography’s 2014 Senior Model.