Local high school juniors attend Junior Miss ‘Meet and Greet’

By Press Reports

With a little less than nine weeks left until the local Distinguished Young Women, formerly Junior Miss program, potential contestants met with the local chairmen on January 6 to discuss program details.

20th Century Club of Ackerman is issued the franchise each year from the Mississippi Distinguished Young Woman Program. Ginny Lucas and Courtney Coleman, serve as local Chairmen, and they attend workshops and meetings to learn about program updates.

Planning then begins for the spring program, which will be held March 16 at the Ty Cobb Complex on the campus of Ackerman High School.

Plans for this year’s production include an “Under the Sea” theme, and the contestants will begin practicing dance, fitness, and talent routines on Sundays.

Alison Cooper, Choctaw County’s Distinguished Young Woman 2013, was also at the informative meeting. She explained some aspects of the program and offered helpful advice to the future contestants.

Having grown in the last few years, the Choctaw County Distinguished Young Woman Program has since been able to award over $50,000 in cash and college scholarships to local high school girls who want to further their education. The non-profit program’s goal is to honor young women and encourage them to obtain a college degree. Tuition costs are very expensive now, and every little bit helps these days. However, the local program doesn’t just award money to the winner, but also to the runner-ups. Therefore, it can be beneficial to all girls who choose to participate. Attending the “Meet and Greet” was just the first step for young women to qualify for the state and national program.