Submitted by Ginny Lucas
On Sunday, July 9, 2017, Brookelyn Box, Choctaw County’s Distinguished Young Woman, arrived in Meridian to compete for the title of Mississippi’s Distinguished Young Woman for 2018.
Brookelyn, along with thirty-two other contestants, went to rehearsals and events daily. First, the contestants were treated to a bowling party with host families (contestants stay in the homes of host families while in Meridian). Secondly, the contestants signed autographs at Belle G and enjoyed a County Fair Contestant Social. Lastly, the contestants were able to attend a Judges’ Party, meet the judges, and get to know them in an informal setting.
The first preliminary was held on Thursday night with Box performing her vocal talent-“Let Me Be Your Star” from the television show Smash. The second preliminary was held on Friday night with Box competing in Self-Expression, where she answered a question on-stage, and Fitness. At the end of the night, Box was named a fitness preliminary winner and received a $400.00 scholarship.
Finals for the state program were held on Saturday, July 15, once again at the Evangel Temple in Meridian. Box was named a top ten finalist and competed again in talent, self-expression, and fitness. At the end of the night, Box was named the overall self-expression winner and was awarded a $1,000.00 scholarship. She also received a $500 scholarship for being named a finalist in the state program. At the local program in March, Box was awarded $4,500. Total now awarded in cash scholarships is $6,400.
In her hometown of French Camp, Brookelyn will be a senior at French Camp Academy, where she is a member of numerous organizations. She plans to attend Mississippi College and major in Endocrinology and Medical Missions. She is the daughter of Keith & Jennifer Box.
The Twentieth Century Club of Ackerman sponsors the program that is held every year in March. All 11th grade ladies who reside in Choctaw County are invited to participate in this worthwhile program that promotes scholarship, leadership, and talent in young women.