DYW: Nine young ladies will compete for Lamar County title

By STAFF REPORTS,

Nine young women will contend for cash scholarships and other prizes through competition areas of self-expression, fitness, talent, scholastics and a panel interview on their way to trying to win the title of “Distinguished Young Woman” of Lamar County.

This year’s participants include: Rachael Barbieri, Magnolia Cagle, Emma Cochran, Katherine Fasnacht, Elizabeth Hodge, Elise Holbrook, Mannon Koome, Madison Lawler, and Shruti Madhav.

This year’s competition kicks off at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Historic Hattiesburg Saenger Theater downtown.

Distinguished Young Women (formerly Junior Miss) is a national scholarship program that inspires high school girls to develop their full, individual potential through a fun, transformative experience that culminates in a celebratory showcase of their accomplishments.

• By encouraging continued education and providing college scholarships

• By developing self-confidence and the abilities to interview effectively, to speak publicly, to perform on stage and to build interpersonal relationships

• By encouraging and showcasing excellence in academic achievement, physical fitness, on-stage performance skills, and the ability to think and communicate clearly

• By creating opportunities to beneficially inspire the lives of others

Tickets to the event are $20 and are available online at www.hattiesburgsaenger.com and will also be available at the door.

Pictured:

1. Rachael Barbieri

2. Magnolia Cagle

3. Emma Cochran

4. Katherine Fasnacht

5. Elizabeth Hodge

6. Elise Holbrook

7. Mannon Koome

8. Madison Lawler

9. Shruti Madhav.