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Myah Harper named Pearl River County Distinguished Young Woman 2019

DYW of 2018 Kamryn Clymer with 2019 DYW Myah Harper

After competing against four other Pearl River County high school juniors, Picayune Memorial High School student Myah Harper was named Pearl River County’s Distinguished Young Woman of 2019 Saturday night.

The daughter of Jeri and Joseph McCorkle, she also received the Sam Adkins Be Your Best Self award along with the Marilyn Lumpkin Interview, Scholastic, and Talent awards for the night.

During the talent portion of the competition, Harper won the hearts of the crowd with her lyrical dance performance to Kelly Clarkson’s single Piece by Piece

Before her performance the emcee of the night, Josh Braddy, explained that Harper wished to dedicate the performance to her step father, Joseph, as an expression of her gratitude for stepping up and showing her love and support after her own father left.

Lilly Beth Nail, also a junior at Picayune Memorial High School, was named first runner up. She is the daughter of Ellen and John Nail.

Poplarville High student, Olivia Anne Branum, was awarded the John B. Lumpkin spirit award. PMHS student Nicole Michelle Quinto took home the Self Expression award, while classmate Aliyah Morrison received the Jeff Wolfe Fitness award.

The Pearl River County program is part of the state and national endeavor to honor and reward scholarships to outstanding young women for their accomplishments. It is designed to promote academics, physical fitness, morality, character and social and civic participation.

With interludes of special entertainment from Sunni’s Elite Dance Academy and Miss Sarah’s School of Dance, as well as two performances from last year’s winner, Kamryn Clymer, it was clear to see that Pearl River County is full of bright and talented young ladies.

While the judges deliberated Clymer also shared her DYW experience with the crowd. She thanked the people who helped her through out the year and talked about her time as Pearl River County’s Distinguished Young Woman. Last year, she traveled to Meridian to compete against DYW winners statewide for the title of Mississippi’s Distinguished Young Woman.

Once Harper’s name was called, Clymer presented the prized medallion to her and soon after her fellow participants gathered around, hugging and congratulating each other.

Harper will now go on to represent Pear River County in the state competition to be held in Meridian this summer in hopes of receiving the state title and vying for national recognition.


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