Monday, March 2, 2015

McMullan is Winston County' s Distinguished Young Woman for 2016

Kenley McMullan
Winston Co DYW
Six young women competed on Saturday night (Feb 28) for the honor to represent Winston County as the Distinguished Young Woman of 2016. The local program held at the Louisville High School Auditorium, is a preliminary of Distinguished Young Women, a national scholarship program that promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership and talent in young women.

Kenley McMullan took home the honors and will participate in the state competition in Meridian later this Spring. Kenley is the daughter of Ken & Leigh McMullan and plans to attend Mississippi State University in Education. Her talent was a piano solo, "Malaguena" by Ernesto Lecuona.

First Alternate was Miriah Ford who performed a vocal presentation of "I Believe" by Fantasia Barrino and Second Alternate was Skylar Adams who presented a sign language performance of "How Can It Be" by Lauren Daigle.
L-R  Elizabeth Ornelas - Caroline Fair Spirit Award, Skylar Adams- 2nd alt
Kenley McMullan - Winston Co DYW, Miriah Ford- 1st Alt

Founded in 1958 in Mobile, Alabama, Distinguished Young Women is the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls. Formerly known as Junior Miss, it has provided life-changing experiences for more than 730,000 young women across the country and more than $100 million in cash scholarships at the local, state and national levels. In addition to cash scholarships, Distinguished Young Women participants are eligible for college-granted scholarships from almost 200 colleges and universities. (from website)

Local Scholarship winners are listed below:

Be Your Best Self" award $250: Kenley McMullan
Caroline Fair Spirit award $700: Elizabeth Ornelas
Alexis Grace Taylor Scholastic award $1200: Kenley McMullan
Physical Fitness award $500: Kenley McMullan
Interview $400: Kenley McMullan
2nd alternate $1000: Skylar Adams
1st alternate $1500: Miriah Ford
2016 Winston County Distinguished Young Woman $2000, $895 per year for 2 years at ECCC, $1000 to MSU Kenley McMullan