Springville senior Lacey Gossett is about to take a journey she will remember the rest of her life.
The 2013 Distinguished Young Woman of St. Clair County has her eyes set on winning the DYW of Alabama State Program that is just around the corner.
Gossett is the 17-year-old daughter of Tom and Debbie Gossett of Springville. After attending a private school in Vestavia Hills, Gossett started school in Springville in the sixth grade.
Gossett leaves for Montgomery Friday, Jan. 11, to represent St. Clair County for the state program, which will be held Jan. 18-19, at Frazer United Methodist Church, Wesley Hall.
“I’m very honored and blessed with this opportunity,” Gossett said. “I’m very excited about representing the county at the state level. I hope to make everyone proud.”
For her talent, Gossett will will play Whitewater Chop Sticks by Calvin Jones on the piano. The same piece helped her win the talent at the county level in June.
“Piano has been part of my life for 11 years,” Gossett said. “I felt this song really shows my talent and ability.”
Not only did Gossett win the talent portion of the DYW of St. Clair County, she also won the fitness, self-expression and interview portions.
While in Montgomery, Gossett will room with Emily Wise, the DYW of Pike County.
“Emily is very sweet, and she reminds me a lot of myself,” Gossett said. “We are both very excited about the program. I look forward to spending the week with her and getting to know her.”
Gossett also knows she will spend up to a week away from her parents, and have no communication with them at all, but she is OK with that. She knows they are both so very supportive of her.
“It will be very good for me to have the opportunity to be independent,” Gossett said.
Once she graduates from Springville High School, Gossett plans on attending Auburn University to study nursing. The scholarship money she has already won at the local program will help her as she pursues her college dreams.
“Lacey has gained so much by participating in this program,” Debbie Gossett said. “It has been an amazing experience and we are excited about her going to Montgomery. Lacey has truly worked hard to prepare for the state program, and I feel confident that she will make St. Clair County proud. The opportunities and experiences she has gained through DYW will benefit her throughout her life.”
Gossett is very thankful to Melissa Adkins and Kathy Soltis, who co-chair the DYW of St. Clair County.
“The two of them are wonderful Christian women who have been great role models for me,” Gossett said. “I have been very blessed to be part of their lives. I also want to thank all of the other board members have been wonderful and supportive.”
Both Adkins and Soltis said they are very excited for Lacey as she prepares for the state competition.
“She has worked very hard preparing for the DYW state program, and we are confident that she will represent St Clair County well,” Adkins said.
“Lacey has been practicing her talent, interview skills and fitness routines while working hard in school and serving her community,” Soltis said. “We are so proud of Lacey and wish her well as she begins this once in a lifetime experience.”
Distinguished Young Women, formerly America’s Jr. Miss Scholarship Program, is sponsored by the City of Mobile, Mobile County, Eastern Shore Toyota, Encore Rehabilitation, SPANX, Mobile Gas-A Sempra Company, Regions Bank, Alabama Power Foundation and Master Boat Builders. For more information about Distinguished Young Women, visit www.DistinguishedYW.org.