Fourteen girls to compete in Distinguished Young Women contest Saturday

Published 10:50 am Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Fourteen young women will compete Saturday night for the title of Clark County’s Distinguished Young Woman.

The 42nd annual program is at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the George Rogers Clark High School auditorium.

This year’s theme is “Game Day,” with a focus on women in sports. The show will feature popular sports-themed music like “Space Jam” and Queen’s “We Are The Champions.”

Tickets for the contest, which are $12 each, go on sale tonight and will be available from 6:30 to 9 p.m. through Friday at GRC. Tickets will also be available starting at 4:30 p.m. Saturday up until showtime.

Contestants, who are all rising seniors at GRCHS, include:

— Abbigail Baber, the daughter of Barry and Bobbi Baber. Abbigail will perform a clogging routine for her talent. She plans to attend the University of Alabama and study to become a surgeon.

— Sara Ye Zhu Johnson, the daughter of Steve and Kelli Johnson. Sara will sing “Shallow” for her talent. She plans to attend the University of Kentucky to study nursing.

— Alexandra Cole, the daughter of Anthony and Glenda Cole. Alex plans to play the flute for her talent. She plans to attend UK to study speech pathology.

— Felicia Rapp, the daughter of Bryan and Melissa Rapp. Felicia will perform a bow and arrow routine as her talent. She plans to attend Asbury University to study elementary education.

— Charity Bowen, the daughter of Mic and Teresa Bowen. Charity plans to attend Berea College to either be a teacher or therapist.

— Carrie Cockerham, the daughter of Tommy and Valerie Cockerham. Carrie will perform a monologue for her talent. Her college choice is unknown, but she plans to study to be an environmental engineer.

— Jessica Brooks, the daughter of Carson and Tammy Brooks. Jessica plans to sing “When There Was Me and You” for her talent. She plans to attend Morehead State University, but is undecided on her major.

— Taylor Plowman, the daughter of Gary and Christina Plowman. Taylor will recite the poem “The bookshelf of the God of infinite space” for her talent. She plans to attend Western Kentucky University to study forensic science.

— Briana Stout, the daughter of Daphne and Anthony Stout. Briana will perform a lyrical dance for her talent. Her college choice is undecided, but she plans to study physical therapy.

— Liza Holley, the daughter of Ashley Bordas Smith and Brian Keith Holley. Liza will perform a clogging routine for her talent. She plans to attend UK to study business communications.

— Channing Taulbee, the daughter of Angela Taulbee. Channing will play the violin for her talent. She plans to attend Transylvania University to study law.

— Carlee Franklin, the daughter of Larry and  Susan Franklin. Carlee will perform a monologue titled “Carlee and the Great Coffee Quandary.” Her college choice is undecided, but she plans to study immigration law.

— Caroline Cuccinelli, the daughter of Paul and  Michelle Cuccinelli. Caroline will sing “Time to Say Goodbye” for her talent. She plans to attend Campbellsville University to study political science with the intent of becoming a lawyer.

— Makayla King, the daughter of Curtis and Melissa King. King will dance for her talent. She plans to attend Transylvania University to study physical therapy.

Before the participants take the stage, judges will have already scored them on 50 percent of the competition — interview and scholastic performance. During Saturday’s program, competitors will showcase their talents and judges will also score them on self-expression.

Clark County’s DYW organization is part of a national scholarship program that promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership and talent in young women, according to the DYW website.

DYW awards cash scholarships at the local level and millions of dollars in college-granted scholarships are available. Local winners advance to the state program in Lexington where the organization gives away more than $30,000 in cash tuition scholarships.

In addition to talent performances and self-expression responses from the contestants, there will also be special entertainment from the 2019 DYW Haley Snell.

Michelle Rogers, who was the 2009 Clark County Junior Miss, Kentucky’s Junior Miss and America’s Junior Miss, will return to the program as emcee this year.

Each contestant will also walk the stage with a specially-selected “little sister” during the program.

“We are very excited for this year’s competition,” Donna Fuller, chairwoman of the Clark County DYW program, said. “We have a great group of girls competing this year.”

About Whitney Leggett

Whitney Leggett is managing editor of The Winchester Sun and Winchester Living magazine. To contact her, email whitney.leggett@winchestersun.com or call 859-759-0049.

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