School & Community
Rhea County Distinguished Young Woman 2013
Photo: Deanna French/Eagle's Nest
Each year, junior girls are offered a chance to compete against each other for scholarship money in the Distinguished Young Woman program.
This year, on Saturday, May 5, there were seventeen girls competing for the title of “Distinguished Young Woman” of Rhea County.
The girls were judged on an interview (25% of the total score), their ACT scores and grades throughout high school (20%), answering a question in front of the audience for the “self expression” category (15%), a fitness routine (15%), and an individual talent (25%).
The selected theme this year was rock music, as implied by the various Bon Jovi, Journey, and other rock artist’s music heard in the program.
They performed a special opening number, where they introduced themselves to the audience, and then they split into three separate groups to begin the competition.
The program was hosted by Dr. Livesay, head of the education department of Bryan College, in Rudd Auditorium at Bryan College. He announced each portion, gave thanks to sponsors between groups, and even added comic relief throughout the program. After all portions were finished, the girls were taken backstage, and the audience was given an intermission while the judges deliberated.
During this intermission, the audience could take a look at the many flowers sent in for the girls and pictures of last year’s Distinguished Young Woman of not only Rhea County, but Tennessee also, Lexee Hill, going from the county program to the state program.
The intermission also included a mock interview with Lexee and a slideshow of the participants in preparation for the Distinguished Young Woman program. After the slideshow, Lexee presented her own slideshow and speech of her experiences with the D.Y.W. program. During Lexee’s presentation, the participants gathered on stage in anticipation of who would be the Distinguished Young Woman of Rhea County, 2013.
Finally, the awards were given and the winner was announced.
The winners in each category were:
Interview – Yee Won Liew, with honorable mention to McKenzie Gravitt;
Scholastics – Emily Matthews, with honorable mention to McKenzie Gravitt;
Self Expression – Yee Won Liew, with honorable mention to Brooke Stewart;
Fitness – Yee Won Liew, with honorable mention to Haley Porter;
Talent – Yee Won Liew, with honorable mention to Kristen Linderman.
After the awards, Yee Won Liew was awarded the honor of becoming Distinguished Young Woman of Rhea County for 2013. Haley Porter won first runner-up, McKenzie Gravitt second runner-up, and Cyrena Shaver as third runner-up.
After many weeks of hard work, volunteering, and a couple get-togethers, their hard work was paid off. Yee Won will attend the state competition later in the year and will speak to third grade classes about the “Be Your Best Self” program, which encourages a studious and healthy life for children. Lexee will represent Tennessee at the national competition later this year in Mobil, Alabama.