Headlines News

14 vie for Distinguished Young Woman title

This year’s contestants with 2022 DYW Sydney Aaron at far left

Special to Atmore News

High school senior girls from across Escambia County will join in Flomaton for the Distinguished Young Women of Escambia County program to be held Saturday, July 30 at Flomaton High School. Participants will compete for thousands in college scholarships and the opportunity to represent the county as the Distinguished Young Woman of Escambia County for 2023.
The program is open to the public and will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets will be available for presale from a contestant or board member for $15 and at the door for $20.
The 14 young women competing will be evaluated by a panel of five judges in the following categories: Scholastics (25 percent), Interview (25 percent), Talent (20 percent), Fitness (15 percent), and Self-Expression (15 percent). The participant selected as the Distinguished Young Woman of Escambia County will advance to the state level at the Distinguished Young Woman of Alabama program hosted in Montgomery, in January.
Vying for the title are the following:

  1. Chloe Higdon – T. R. Miller High School
  2. Edy Young – Flomaton High School
  3. Abigail Turner– Flomaton High School
  4. Tiffany Gookin- Escambia Academy
  5. Jaila Goodwin – W. S. Neal High School
  6. Elora Waters – T. R. Miller High School
  7. Morgan Jones – W. S. Neal High School
  8. Gaby Anderson– T. R. Miller High School
  9. Harley Wilson – W. S. Neal High School
  10. Alonna Bedsole– W. S. Neal High School
  11. Courtney Cannon – W. S. Neal High School
  12. Ashley Boutwell – Flomaton High School
  13. Kadence Freeman– Flomaton High School
  14. Laiken Stone – W. S. Neal High School
    About Distinguished Young Women
    Founded in 1958, Distinguished Young Women is a free program that encourages participants to reach their full individual potential. The mission is to empower young women by providing over $1 billion in scholarship opportunities, connecting with a nationwide network of women, developing their self-confidence, and participating in our Life Skills Workshops that prepare them for success after high school. National sponsors include Barbara Barrington Jones Family Foundation, Mobile County, City of Mobile, Alabama Power Foundation, Master Boat Builders, Shoe Station and the Barkin Family, Gant Travel Management, the Coffeen Family, Regions Financial Corporation, Jostens and Alabama Media Group.