The Distinguished Young Women of Lamar County (formerly Junior Miss) program will be held Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Historic Saenger Theater in Downtown Hattiesburg.
Beginning in 1958, Distinguished Young Women has impacted the lives of more than 765,000 young women. The mission is to empower high school young women by providing scholarship opportunities, developing self-confidence and teaching crucial life skills needed for success in college and beyond. The local sponsors are: Hattiesburg GI Associates-Doctors Creed Fox, Troy Morrissette, Steve Buckley, Bill Farmer, Merit Health Wesley, Forrest General Hospital, Havard Pest Control- Paul McMurry, Woman’s Pavilion- Doctors Joseph and Elizabeth Washburne, Dr. Richard Conn and Lisa Conn, Hattiesburg Urology- Dr. John Guice, McDonalds of Lamar County.
JACY GRAHAM is the daughter of Pam Kerry Miles and John Wesley Graham. She attends Presbyterian Christian High School. Her activities include track and field, golf and piano. Her public service activities include volunteering at her church preschool, Relay for Life, Edwards Street Ministries, fundraising, and cleaning rooms and decorating at United Christian Academy. She plans to pursue an Engineering degree at Mississippi State.
REBEKAH WILLIAMS is the daughter of Donnell and Brian Williams. She attends Purvis High School where she is Junior Class vice president and captain of the Dazzlers, an ACT Master and has the highest average in chemistry, biology, algebra II and geometry. Her activities include NYCDA Outstanding dancer, Rockette Intensive, Ballet Magnificat!, Joffrey Ballet School and MHSAA Pom Champion. She plans to attend Mississippi State.
ABIGAYLE TALBOT is the daughter of Julie and Paul Talbot. She attends Oak Grove High School where she is a member of Mu Alpha Theta, Spanish Club, Show Choir, Beta Club and treasurer of the Key club. Her achievements include Pride of Oak Grove, West Jones Show Choir best performer, and Spanish Honor Society and Key Club treasurer. She plans to attend The University of Mississippi and to pursue a career as an Orthodontist.
ANNA PITTMAN is the daughter of Natalie and William Pittman. She attends Oak Grove High School where she is secretary of the Key Club, president of First Priority and vice president of the Spanish Club. She is also a member of the school newspaper where she was the state winner for Best Centerspread, and she is also on the Debate team where she won a prose and poetry award. She plans to attend The University of Mississippi and pursue a career in education.
MEG CARLEY, a homeschool student, is the daughter of Mary Margaret Carley and Timothy Carley. She is employed by Southern Oaks House and Garden and also by Longleaf Market. At Temple Baptist Church, she leads a summer Bible study and is a student mentor/leader. She is a Forrest General Spirit Girl and provides lunches for United Christian Academy. She plans to attend Mississippi College and pursue a career as a physician’s assistant.
HANNAH CLARE WEST is the daughter of Nancy and Norman West. She attends Oak Grove High School where she won The Pride of Oak Grove Citizenship award, voted Most Beautiful and Miss Congeniality, and is also a member of the Beta Club. She is a worship leader at Venture Church and has traveled on international mission trips to Haiti and the Dominican Republic. She plans to attend the University of Southern Mississippi and pursue a nursing career.
SELAH SYLVEST is the daughter of Candice and Stephen Sylvest. She attends Sumrall High School where she is the student government vice president, a student ambassador, a member of the National Honor Society and a cheerleader. At First Baptist Oloh, she is a member of the youth group and has volunteered at vacation Bible school and Mission FUGUE. She plans to attend The University of Mississippi and pursue a sports medicine career.
ABIGAIL BORDELON is the daughter of Chrystal and Edward Rome. She attends Oak Grove High School where she is a member of the color guard, softball team, Beta Club, Spanish Club and Mu Alpha Theta. Her public service includes Lamar County litter clean-up crew, Special Olympics volunteer, special needs 5K run, serving veterans lunch, and Purvis Barn clean up. Abigail plans to attend the University of Southern Mississippi and major in foreign language.
National program sponsors include Mobile County, City of Mobile, Alabama Power Foundation, Encore Rehabilitation, Wintzell's Oyster House, Master Boat Builders, Barbara Barrington Jones Family Foundation, Evonik, Regions Financial