Distinguished Young Women: Petal Scholarship Program

Petal's 2020 Distinguished Young Women Program will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Petal High School’s Performing Arts Center. Nine young women will contend for cash scholarships and other prizes through competition areas of self-expression, fitness, talent, scholastics and a panel interview.

The young woman named Petal’s 2020 Distinguished Young Woman will go on to compete at the state competition to be held in Meridian, followed by a national competition in Alabama, which is the birthplace of the program.

This event is open to the public and tickets can be purchased at the door for $10; admission is free for children 5 years and younger. Proceeds from the event go to scholarship awards.

Founded in 1958 in Mobile, Ala., Distinguished Young Women was formerly known as America’s Junior Miss. It is known as the largest and oldest nationwide scholarship program for high school girls. Email petal@distinguishedyw.org for more information.

 

ANALISE HODGES is the daughter of Mark and Emily Hodges. She plans to attend The University of Southern Mississippi and pursue a career in speech pathology or special education. For her talent, Analise will present an original monologue.

 

ZAYLEE MCMICHAEL is the daughter of Jason and Mary McMichael. She plans to attend a four-year university and pursue a career in psychology. For her talent, Zaylee will perform sign language.

 

COLLEEN PRATT is the daughter of Matthew and Kristin Pratt. She plans to attend The University of Southern Mississippi and pursue a career in forensic science. For her talent, Colleen will present a vocal performance.

 

JENNALYN PURVIS is the daughter of Bryan and Ashley Purvis and the late Jennifer Trussell Purvis. She plans to attend The University of Mississippi Medical Center and pursue a career in dentistry. For her talent, Jennalyn will present a vocal performance.

 

KAYLYN SHOEMAKE is the daughter of Jason and Jennifer Shoemake. She plans to attend William Carey University and pursue a career in nursing. Kaylyn will play the piano for her talent presentation.

 

ADELINE SIMMONS is the daughter of Andre w and Anna Bess Simmons. She plans to attend Baylor University and pursue a career is obstetrics and gynecology. For her talent, Adeline will present a vocal performance.

 

PHOEBE STUTTS is the daughter of Anthony and Amy Stutts. She plans to attend The University of Southern Mississippi or The University of Boulder and pursue entrepreneurship. For her talent, Phoebe will present a vocal performance.

 

CHEYANN SUMRALL is the daughter of Jerry and Polly Sumrall. She plans to attend The University of California, Berkeley, and pursue a career in physical therapy. For her talent, Cheyann will present a color guard performance.

 

LILY WICKTOM is the daughter of Troy and Holly Wicktom. She plans to attend The University of Southern Mississippi and pursue a career as a pediatric nurse. Lily will play the clarinet for her talent presentation.

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