Wade named Petal DYW


Loren Wade was named the Distinguished Young Woman of Petal for 2021 at the program held Saturday, Jan. 11 at Petal High School.

Wade also received the overall award for self-expression and was winner of the “Be Your Best Self Essay,” award.

“It’s an honor to be Petal’s Distinguished Young Woman,” said Wade. “I can’t wait to embark on this journey and represent Petal at the state competition.”

She competed against eight other participants in areas of self-expression, physical fitness, talent, scholastics and a panel interview to win thousands in scholarship dollars for college.

Olivia Draughn was awarded first alternative, followed by Maddie McElroy as second alternate.

Other winners included Grace Robbins, who took home overall talent, interview and Spirit of DYW awards.

Draughn also received overall fitness and scholastic awards.

Wade 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.

Wade is the daughter of Dr. Jason and Kaylee Wade. As a junior at Petal High School, she sings and dances in the Soundsations show choir.

Wade serves her community through Petal-Harvey Baptist Church’s LEAD Team and Petal Education Foundation Ambassadors Program. She plans to pursue a degree in nursing following high school

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.

*Loren Wade, second from left, was named the Distingued Young Woman of Petal Jan. 11 and will advance to the state competition in Meridian. Also pictured, from left, is, First Alternative Olivia Draughn, Second Alternative Maddie McElroy, and Grace Robbins, who took the overall talent, interview, and Spirit of DYW awards.