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March 21, 2013

Annual program to encourage girls to be their best self



“We will also have optional one-on-one sessions on Saturday for participants who feel like they need extra help with their fitness routine, talent, or public speaking,” Stone said. “We focus on self-improvement and help them develop their strengths and master any weaknesses they may have; it’s all about developing yourself, showcasing who you are through your intelligence.”

The local DYW program’s showcase of awards is scheduled Saturday, April 27. Judges from across the state will critique each girl based on scholastics, interview, talent, fitness and self-expression.

“Prior to the actual showcase, judges meet with each participant one-on-one and ask basic interview and critical thinking questions,” Stone said. “The show opens up with a choreographed opening number, then each girl performs a simple fitness routine, and then answers a prepared question on a range of topics during the self-expression portion. Judges will tally their scores and name the girl who earns the scholarship money.”

The DYW of Baldwin County and DYW of Milledgeville will join participants from each of the 9 other local programs to advance to the state competition in Marietta and compete for a share of more than $130,000 in cash scholarships. A panel of judges will then select one representative to advance to the annual National Finals competition held in Mobile, Ala. in June for the opportunity to become the DYW of America.

“We’re very thankful that we’ve always had and continue to receive community support. The last couple of years has been a tricky transition to maintain the recognition of the program after it changed from Junior Miss to Distinguished Young Women,” Stone said. “This year, we feel very confident that we’ve done our job to promote Distinguished Young Women and show that connection with Junior Miss.”

For more information about the local DYW program, or to apply, call Stone at 478-452-5158, email, or visit

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