Kyla Perry named Distinguished Young Woman of Choctaw County

From press reports

Flowers, clouds, and butterflies adorned the stage of the Ty Cobb Auditorium on the campus of Choctaw County High School on March 21st, 2015. Eleventh grade Choctaw county residents were invited to participate in this year’s “Brightest and Best” themed scholarship program. Ladies participating were: Brynn Latham, Mia McGinnis, Kyla Perry, Taylor Tuck, Elizabeth Wilson, and Jean Ann Brock.

On program night, a $3,000 scholarship was awarded to Kyla Perry for being named the Distinguished Young Woman of Choctaw County. Perry was also the recipient of the $500 Mitchell Dental Self-Expression Award. Receiving the $1,000 first alternate award was Taylor Tuck. Tuck also received the $500.00 Choctaw Regional Fitness award. Jean Ann Brock received the $750.00 2nd Alternate Scholarship, and Mia McGinnis received the $500 3rd alternate scholarship. Other scholarships were also awarded. The $1,000 Fair Propane and Forrester and Associates Spirit Award, voted on by the contestants, were given to Jean Ann Brock. Brynn Latham was the recipient of the $500.00 Coleman Funeral Home Be Your Best Self Essay Award Scholarship, and Mia McGinnis received the $500.00 20th Century Scholastic Achievement Scholarship. The overall winner also received a gift card from Subway in Ackerman, a $100.00 gift certificate to Bombshell Boutique, and an outfit for state provided by Southern Charm. The Jewel Shoppe in Louisville also provided bracelets.

The Choctaw County Program is a part of the largest and oldest scholarship program for high school girls in the nation. More than 2 million dollars in scholarships is presented each year at the local, state, and national level of Distinguished Young Women. The central focus of Distinguished Young Women is, and always has been, to recognize and reward excellence in education. The evaluation process is consistent at the local, state and national levels. The mission is to provide scholarship opportunities to outstanding, college-bound high school girls, and to encourage personal development in all young people through its “Be Your Best Self” outreach program. The Distinguished Young Women Program is made possible by its national sponsors: City of Mobile, Mobile County, Wintzell’s Oyster House, Sirote Supports, Barbara Barrington Jones Family Foundation, Encore Rehabilitation Inc., Mobile Gas, Alabama Power Foundation, Regions Bank, and Master Boat Builders.

The Twentieth Century Club wishes to thank everyone in the community for supporting the local program.

 Contestants and the “little sisters” for the program.

Contestants and the “little sisters” for the program.

Choctaw’s newest DYW Kyla Perry.

Choctaw’s newest DYW Kyla Perry.

This year’s contestants: Front: Brynn Latham, Mia McGinnis, Kyla Perry, Taylor Tuck, Elizabeth Wilson Jean Ann Brock.

This year’s contestants: Front: Brynn Latham, Mia McGinnis, Kyla Perry, Taylor Tuck, Elizabeth Wilson Jean Ann Brock.