Countdown to the 2018 Distinguished Young Women Program

January 15, 2018

2018 DYW Participants with Reagan Abney for Self Expression Bootcamp 


Pearl River County’s Distinguished Young Women Program will be held on Saturday, January 20 at 6:00 p.m. at the Picayune Auditorium on Goodyear Blvd.  This year five participants will compete for the title of Pearl River County’s Distinguished Young Woman of 2018. These young ladies have spent months preparing for this program by participating in community outreach projects, interview and self expression bootcamp and attending the Mother/Daughter Tea.


Distinguished Young Women is a national scholarship program that inspires high school girls to develop their full, individual potential through an empowering, transformative experiences that culminates in a fun celebratory showcase of their accomplishments.


The mission of DYW is to positively impact the lives of young women by providing experiences that promote and reward scholarship, leadership and talent.  The program’s emphasis on “being your best self” supports a platform of young women who are healthy, confident, studious, ambitious and involved in their communities.  The young women are evaluated in the following categories: Scholastics (20% of overall score), Interview (25% of overall score), Talent (25% of overall score), Fitness (15% of overall score), and Self-Expression (15% of overall score).


This year's participants are as follows: 

Olivia Anne Branum

Daughter of John and Deena Branum



Lillian Elizabeth Nail

Daughter of John and Ellen Nail



Myah Eryn Harper

Daughter of Joseph and Jeri McCorkle




Nicole Michelle Quinto

Daughter of Marcos and Page Quinto



Aliyah M Morrison

Daughter of Christy Jones



Admission for the program will be $10 and the doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with a showtime of 6:00 p.m.  Please come and support these exceptional young women of Pearl River County as they compete for scholarships in a showcase of their poise, talent, fitness, scholastic and interview skills.




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