The Distinguished Young Women (DYW) of Bullock County program was held on Saturday, August 29 at Dream Field Farms.

Nine participants competed in talent, interview, fitness, scholastics, and self-expression.

The 2021 Distinguished Young Woman of Bullock County and winner of a $1000 scholarship is Dannah Kate Dawson.

Dannah Kate is the daughter of Daniel and Shasta Dawson and is a senior at Pike Liberal Arts School.

Dannah Kate was also awarded additional scholarships for winning the fitness and self-expression categories.

The First Runner-Up and winner of a $500 scholarship is Diamond Dent. Diamond is the daughter of Chiquita Efford and Clifford Dent. She is a senior at Bullock County High School.

Diamond was also awarded additional scholarships for winning the talent and interview categories.

The Second Runner-Up and winner of a $250 scholarship is Jordan McGhee. Jordan is the daughter of LeShandra Johnson and Kelvin McGhee and is a senior at Bullock County High School.

Judges for this year's competition were Lexey Blakely, Valerie Samuel Crawford, Dana Driscoll, Janice Robinson, and Liz Todd.

The local committee includes Lindsay Hall, Cecilia Moorer, Deborah Milan, Mona Padgett, and Midge Putnam.

Local sponsors and supporters include Dream Field Farms, AmeriFirst Bank, Bonnie Plants, the City of Union Springs, Vaughan Jinks Dickson, Dixie Electric Cooperative, Brenda Emfinger in memory of Marvin and Alice Finlayson, FPH Bakery, Gibson’s Home Center, Blake and Lindsay Hall, Lynn and Charlotte Jinks, Jinks, Crow and Dickson, PC, Chaquetta Johnson – in memory of Ollie Brown, Pizzazz by Nazz, Judge Brooke Emfinger Reid – in memory of Judge Michael O Emfinger and Dr. and Mrs. Orizaba Emfinger, Rivers Advertising, Jakoyah Robinson, Burt and Elizabeth Smithart and the Union Springs Chamber of Commerce.

Founded in 1958, Distinguished Young Women is a free program that encourages participants to reach their full individual potential.

Our mission is to empower young women by providing over $1 billion in scholarship opportunities, developing their self-confidence, and participating in our Life Skills Workshops that prepare them for success after high school.

National sponsors include Barbara Barrington Jones Family Foundation, Mobile County, City of Mobile, Alabama Power Foundation, Master Boat Builders, Encore Rehabilitation, Shoe Station, Gant Travel Management, Wellington, and Bonnie Coffeen, Regions Financial Corporation, Jostens, and Alabama Media Group.

For more information about Distinguished Young Women, contact Tara Principe, National Headquarters Marketing and Communications Director, at 251-438-3621 or Tara@DistinguishedYW.org or visit www.DistinguishedYW.org.

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