2014 Distinguished Young Women Program Preps

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By Ellis Eskew


Forty-eight  of the most distinguished high school senior girls in the state have converged on Montgomery to showcase their interview, dance, and talent skills.
     It's for the 2014 Distinguished Young Women program, formerly known as Junior Miss.

They've come from all over the state of Alabama to bring their scholastics, fitness, talent and poise center stage.

Hannah Cherry, representing Autauga County tells us,  "you have so much fun practicing even though it's fitness and you're sweating. It's so much fun, and you make so many good memories. It's been a really good time and really good week of my life."

All of these distinguished young women, representing 48 counties, go through an intense judging process including fitness, talent, self expression, interview and scholastics.

They have their favorites.

Tayler Mazingo respresenting Chilton County says,  "probably the interview part. I love to talk to people and I love being able to communicate. I really think that is the most important part because it shows the judges who you are."
 

And their least favorites?

"It's cardio, stretching, sit ups, push ups, jumping jacks. Oh, and we have to do it individual in front of everybody," said Patty Holley, Elmore County representative.


When it's all said and done,  they say the judges are looking for one thing.

 "Really when it boils down to it, it's your heart and how genuine you are. And they just want to see you be your best self and they want to see you succeed in each category," said Anna Claire Loftis respresenting Montomgery County.


Although it is a stiff competition, these girls say it's about something more.

 "Regardless if any of us comes away with scholarships or not, we come away with the friendships that we made and that's just the best thing," said Holley.