Eight high school juniors are competing for the title of Distinguished Young Woman of Choctaw County plus many scholarships on Saturday, March 17.
Distinguished Young Women is the former Junior Miss program and is sponsored by the 20th Century Club.
These young women have been practicing for dance, fitness and talent with the help of their “Little Sisters” and 20th Century members.
The Distinguished Young Women program will be March 17 at 7 p.m. at the Ty Cobb Complex where everyone attending will enjoy a “New York” themed show. Admission is $10 per person.
Participants in this year’s program will are competing for outstanding college-granted scholarships from a variety of universities and colleges and cash scholarships. These scholarships may only be used if the contestants choose to attend the school.
Contestants receive help from their chosen “Little Sisters” during the program. Each contestant chose two “Little Sisters” to help them backstage with wardrobe changes, hair and makeup and morale support. The “Little Sisters” will also perform a dance routine during the program.
To learn more about each of the contestants read their individual bios.
Laiken Brooke Toombs
Laiken is a student at Ackerman High School with career goals to become a teacher and to attend Mississippi State University.
Her activities/honors include: Enon CP Youth Group and Youth Council member, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Beta Club Student Government Association, Mu Alpha Theta; Academic Team, Future Teachers of America, AHS Cheerleading, AHS Powerlifting, AHS Choir/Madrigals/Church Choir, Annual Staff, HOSA.
Her talent for the program will be a vocal performance of Bridge Over Troubled Water by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel.
Laiken is the daughter of Robert and Tammy Toombs.
Kasey is a student at French Camp Academy with career goals to earn a Masters in Social Work, Minor in Criminal Justice and to attend University of Mississippi or U of Memphis.
Her activities/honors include: White Station Church of Christ/French Camp Pres., Cheerleading, Dancing, Jr/Sr Bible Study, The Council House, a Ministry of French Camp Academy, Small Group Bible Study, Choir, Playing Piano, Singing, Yearbook Photo Editor.
Her talent for the program will be a dance performance to Black and Gold by Sam Sparro.
Kasey is the daughter of James Cooper and Kathy Adler.
Kelli Renae Aurell
Kelli is a student at Ackerman High School with career goals in ER Nursing and attend Itawamba Community College.
Her activities/honors include: Enon Cumberland Presbyterian Church, AHS Cheerleading, Pride of Ackerman Marching Band, AHS Colorguard, Annual Staff, AHS Softball, FCA, Church Youth Band, AHS Chorus.
Her talent for the program will be a vocal performance of Hero by Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff.
Kelli is the daughter of Hal and Renae Aurell.
Mallory is a student at Winston Academy with career goals to become an Art/Music Therapist and to attend Mississippi University of Women.
Her activities/honors include: Concord Baptist Church Youth, Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Anchor Club, Crown Club, Private Voice Lessons, Private Piano Lessons, Member of Red Hills Art Association, Winston Academy Show Choir.
Her talent for the program will be an instrumental performance of “Moonlight” Sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven.
Mallory is the daughter of Neil and Renae Griffith.
Kradeidra Lanae Cork
Kradeidra is a student at French Camp Academy with career goals in Broadcasting and to attend Mississippi State University.
Her activities/honors include: Cheerleading Captain, Track, Basketball, Chorus, Texas Mission Team.
Her talent for the program will be a vocal performance of This Is The Stuff by Francesca Battistelli.
Kradiedra is the daughter of Angela Cork.
Alison Marie Cooper
Alison is a student at Ackerman High School with career goals in Accounting and to attend Mississippi State University.
Her activities/honors include: Beta Club, FCA Vice-President, AHS Cheerleader, AHS Band and Colorguard, Softball & Volleyball Teams, Joyce Yates School of Dance, Mu Alpha Theta, Annual Staff, Ackerman Methodist Youth Fellowship, Chorus and Girls’ Ensemble.
Her talent for the program is a dance performance to The Words I Would Say by Sidewalk Prophets.
Alison is the daughter of Tom and Jean Cooper.
Elexus Capree Hughes
Elexus is a student at French Camp Academy with career goals to become a Physical Therapist or Registered Nurse and to attend MSU, Florida State, Delta State.
Her activities/honors include: Sunday School Teacher, Junior Usher, Youth Choir, Singer for Chosen, Basketball, Cheerleading Squad, Track, Girl Scouts, FCA Mission Team.
Her talent for the program will be a vocal performance of Listen by Beyonce.
Elexus is the daughter of Sheria Winters.
Dayna is a student at Ackerman High School with career goals of earning a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology/Teaching and to attend Mississippi State University.
Her activities/honors include: Ackerman Baptist Church Youth Group, AHS Fastpitch Softball, AHS Volleyball, AHS Cheerleading Squad, AHS Basketball, Gymnastics/Tumbling, Pride of Ackerman Marching Band, Church Choir, Exercising, Cooking.
Her talent for the program will be a gymnastics/dance performance.
Dayna is the daughter of Randy and Marina Loper.