By Amanda McBride
The Choctaw Plaindealer
After a night “Under the Sea” and talented presentations from eight
Choctaw County juniors, Marilyn Ramirez was named the Distinguished
Young Woman of Choctaw County 2014.
Ramirez is the daughter of Roman and Maria Ramirez and is a junior at
Ackerman High School.
As Distinguished Young Woman of Choctaw County, she won a $3,000 cash
scholarship and a range of scholarships from $1,000 to almost $8,000
from six colleges, if she chooses to attend one of those colleges.
Ramirez also won the Scholastic Award ($500) and the Self Expression
Award ($500) cash scholarships.
She will compete in the state Distinguished Young Woman program this
Chelsea McDaniel won first alternate. As first alternate she won
$1,000 cash scholarship and a range of scholarships from $800 to
almost $4,000 from three colleges, if she chooses to attend one of
those colleges. McDaniel also won the Fitness Award ($300) cash
Alyssa Pritchett won second alternate. She won $750 cash scholarship
and her choice of two scholarships, if she chooses to attend of those
Third alternate of the Distinguished Young Women program is Emily
Robison. She won $500 cash scholarship.
The “Be Your Best Self” Essay Award went to Kassie Oswalt and the
Spirit Award went to Crystal Ashford.
Other contestants participating in this year’s program are Lauren
Bouchillon, and Haley Lucas.
Also helping make the Distinguished Young Women program special this
year was all of the Little Sisters, the Mistress of Ceremonies Lauren
McDaniel-Choctaw County Junior Miss 2007, Alison Cooper-Choctaw
County Distinguished Young Woman 2012, former Junior Miss
participants Dayna Presley and Jordan Box and the judges.
The judges were Mary Jo Huffman of Meridian, Sheila Grogan of
Clinton, Bill Grogan of Clinton, Sandy Killebrew McBride of
Kosciusko, Allison Tyler of Kosciusko and Melonie Washington of
The Ackerman Twentieth Century Club sponsors the Distinguished Young
Woman Program each year. The Twentieth Century wishes to thank all of
the contestants’’ parents, all sponsors, supporter and the community
for supporting this local program.