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, Hannah Logan and Kelsey Lovell, are being featured today.
Logan just finished her junior year at Springville High School. She is the 17-year-old daughter of Barry and Ashley Logan of Springville.
Logan found out about DYW through the reigning St. Clair County DYW Anna Marie Ronderos.
“I played volleyball with her, and saw how much she enjoyed it,” Logan said. “I saw how much she enjoyed it, and I started asking questions. I decided that I would participate in the program.”
Logan said DYW is a wonderful organization, and it talks about being yourself.
“It’s very good for girls around the high school age,” Logan said.
For her talent, Logan will sing “Temporary Home” by Carrie Underwood.
“I’ve always listened to it,” Logan said. “It just reminds me that here on earth, it’s just temporary, and one day, I’ll live eternally with Jesus Christ. It is a comforting song, and it has a very good message.”
Lovell just completed her junior year at St. Clair County High School in Odenville. She is the 17-year-old daughter of David and Andrea Lovell of Odenville.
Lovell learned about DYW through the years by reading about the program each year in the St. Clair Times.
“My mom and I enjoy reading about it and we kept up with it for a long time,” Lovell said. “Last year, I was a Little Sister to Gabrielle Carpenter, who won the talent portion of the program. It was so much fun. I love helping out.”
For her talent, Lovell will do a self-choreographed jazz routine to the song “Rock Around The Clock” by Bill Haley.
“I just finished up my 15th year of dance,” she said. “After you do something for so long, it kind of becomes your passion. It’s something I love to do, and something I love to do in front of other people.”
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 DistinguishedYW.org.
Contact Gary Hanner at firstname.lastname@example.org.