DYW Program recognizing eight newest candidates on Saturday

Published 11:30 am Friday, August 11, 2023

Correction: The print version of this article did not contain a photo of Emmie Rose. The Sun apologizes for this error and her photo will appear in the next printed edition on Tuesday.

Recently, George Rogers Clark High School Class of 2023 graduate Claire Martin was named Clark County Distinguished Young Woman and became Kentucky’s representative at the 66th National Finals of the Distinguished Young Women Program in Mobile, Alabama.

With the Distinguished Young Women Program beginning its 47th year, a night of celebration will take place this weekend.

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On Saturday, Aug. 12, at 5:00 p.m., the eight current nominees will be recognized at the 2024 Clark County Scholarship Program at George Rogers Clark High School.

Tickets will be sold at the door for $10 cash or check beginning at 4:15 p.m.

“We’re celebrating these girls and their talents and achievements,” said Donna Fuller, the long-time Clark County chairperson for DYW. “It offers them more than scholarship money. It offers unity among all these girls and encouragement for them to [know] they are good enough as who they are.”

Unlike other competitions, such as beauty pageants, contestants – who must be incoming high school seniors – aren’t allowed to participate again one year later.

Thus, selections are much more time-sensitive.

While physical fitness is one category contestants participate in, it emphasizes education, with college and cash scholarships awarded at the state level and millions in college-granted scholarships available.

Other categories in which contestants participate include interview skills and talent performance.

In the most recent year, 28 Kentucky counties participated, though girls from other counties were eligible to enter, as well as “at-large” candidates.

This year’s Clark County candidates being recognized are Brianna Lewis, Chloe Galloway, Ella Brock, Emily DeBord, Madelyn Goeing, Sydney Herringshaw, Reagan Hayes, and Emmie Rose.

Lewis, the daughter of Randall and Allison Lewis, will be performing a silk ariel routine.

Galloway, the daughter of Brady and Carey-Creech Galloway, will be performing a jazz routine.

Brock, the daughter of Magen Grout and Robert Brock, will be singing.

DeBord, the daughter of Matt and Lola DeBord, will be performing a vocal number.

Goeing, the daughter of Holly Goeing and Stanley Goeing, will be performing a cheer routine.

Herringshaw, the daughter of Greg and Whitney Herringshaw, will play the piano.

Hayes, the daughter of Jason and Amanda Hayes, will be performing a Pointe dance routine.

Rose, the daughter of Eric and Ashley Rose, will be performing a vocal number.

While an official candidate to represent Clark County will be chosen at a later date, Fuller emphasizes that all candidates have value.

“Whether they win anything or not, we’re very proud of them,” Fuller said. “We want everyone to know that we’re proud of these eight girls, and we’re proud of Claire.”