By Amanda McBride
Photos by Courtney Blaine Photography
Ten talented young ladies showcased how they are “Proud to be Distinguished” in the Choctaw County 2015 Distinguished Young Women program. Anna Box was named the Distinguished Young Woman of Choctaw County 2015 on March 15.
Box is the daughter of Kevin and Tracie Box and is a junior at French Camp Academy. As Distinguished Young Woman of Choctaw County, she won $3,000 cash scholarship and full tuition paid at Holmes Community College or $1,000 scholarship at Mississippi State University, if she chooses to attend one of those colleges.
Box also won the Self-Expression Award ($500) sponsored by H&H Trucking-Mike and Kim Holmes, owners.
She will compete in the state Distinguished Young Woman program this summer.
Carlin West won first alternate. As first alternate she won $1,000 cash scholarship and an academic scholarship of half tuition from Holmes Community College, if she chooses to attend. West also won the Scholastic Achievement Award ($500) sponsored by the 20th Century Club and the Fitness Award ($500) sponsored by Coleman Funeral Home.
Lindsey Bruce won second alternate. She won $750 cash scholarship.
Third alternate of the Distinguished Young Women program is Leanna Carter. She won $500 cash scholarship. Carter also won the “Be Your Best Self” Essay Award ($500) sponsored by the ‘Has Been’ Association.
The Spirit Award ($1,000) went to Jaiye Gillon. Fair Propane Gas Systems and Forrester & Associates sponsor this award.
Other contestants participating in this year’s program were Caitlyn Allen, Nikki Neal, Kelsey Lemire, Katelynn Lemire and Ashley Murphy.
Also helping make the Distinguished Young Women program special this year was Distinguished Young Woman 2014 Marilyn Ramirez, the Mistress of Ceremonies Chelsea Wilson Kellum-Choctaw County Junior Miss 2005, former Junior Miss participant Jordan Box, all of the Little Sisters and Shining Stars.
This year’s judges were Sally Johnson of Meridian, Gwen Luke Clark of Louisville, Cathy Raley of Meridian, Kay Robinson of Flowood, Melonie Washington of Philadelphia and Larry Woodard of Louisville.
The Ackerman Twentieth Century Club sponsors the Distinguished Young Woman Program each year. They would like to give special thanks to: contestants’ parents, scholarship patrons, scholarship supporters, “Has Been” Association, Jordan Box and Marilyn Ramirez-choreographers, scholastic judges, program judges, Chelsea Wilson Kellum, Ann & Chris Coleman-auditors, Around the Clock Fitness Club, Forget-Me-Not Florist, Courtney Blaine Photography, Summer King & Southern Belle Screen Print, VideoMedia Productions, Glen Beard, Shane Burton and Robbie Denson.