This year’s participants in the scholarship program include Anna Brasher, Kelsey Smith, Katie Clowdus, Jennifer Peoples, Lacey Gossett, Kayla Pilkington, Abby Leisure, Kaylyn Pate, Hannah Logan and Kelsey Lovell.
Two of the young women, Kayla Pilkington and Lacey Gossett, are being featured today.
Pilkington just completed her junior at Moody High School. She started attending the Moody schools in the third grade.
She is the 17-year-old daughter of Rance and Aimee Pilkington of Moody.
Pilkington found out about DYW through her counselor at Moody High School.
“It is a great opportunity to meet girls like myself, and earn scholarship money,” Pilkington said.
For her talent, Pilkington will sing “Set Fire to the Rain” by Adele.
“I chose to sing because I enjoy it, and it makes me happy,” Pilkington said.
Gossett just completed her junior year at Springville High School. She is the 17-year-old daughter of Tom and Debbie Gossett of Springville.
Gossett came to the Springville schools in the sixth grade. She came from a private school in Vestavia Hills.
Gossett participated in DYW last year as the Little Sister to Anna Marie Ronderos.
“Anna Marie is my best friend, and I have enjoyed following her around this past year,” Gossett said. “DYW not only gives the winner, but all participants, wonderful opportunities.”
For her talent, Gossett will be playing the piano, and will play Whitewater Chop Sticks by Calvin Jones.
“Piano has been part of my life for 11 years,” Gossett said. “I felt this song really showed my talent and ability.”
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. The 55th National Finals will take place in Mobile, Alabama on June 28-30, 2012. For more information about Distinguished Young Women, visit www.DistinguishedYW.org.
Contact Gary Hanner at firstname.lastname@example.org.