Parker, Colo. teen named Distinguished Young Woman of Colorado

On October 19, Bailey Baker of Parker, Colo. was named the Distinguished Young Woman of Colorado and awarded $1050 in cash scholarships during a statewide scholarship program for high school girls held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Castle Rock, Colo.

Baker was one of six high school senior girls from Colorado who competed to represent the state as the Distinguished Young Woman of Colorado for 2014. Participants were evaluated in the categories of Scholastics (20%), Interview (25%), Fitness (15%), Self-Expression (15%) and Talent (25%).

Jana Arkell, Colorado State Chairperson, said “I was impressed with Bailey throughout our program, from impromptu leadership guiding the girls through one of the routines to hearing her explain the government shutdown to other contestants while prepping for interviews.”

Throughout the next year, Baker will represent the state at various public events and serve as a role model to young people by spreading the program’s national outreach message of “Be Your Best Self.” The outreach program is designed to encourage self-esteem and excellence in all young people through its five principles: Be Healthy, Be Involved, Be Studious, Be Ambitious, and Be Responsible.

Baker is the daughter of Robert (Bob) and Paige Baker and is a senior at Legend High School.

Baker’s father stated that, “Bailey has always wanted to take a family vacation to Alabama. When we opened the program and saw that Nationals is in Alabama, our whole family laughed. We thought maybe Bailey would finally get her trip to Alabama!”

The 56th National Finals will take place on June 26, 27, and 28, 2014, in Mobile, Ala. Baker will travel to Mobile, Ala. along with 49 other state representatives to participate in personal development activities and community service projects before competing for the opportunity to become the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2014 and for additional cash scholarships. Washington’s Nicole Renard, who is attending Chapman University, won the 2013 overall award.

This was the first year that the Colorado State Program was held in Castle Rock. Though the volunteers only had a couple of months to work with donor and sponsors, the business community was very responsive and supportive, as were Castle Rock service organizations. The program looks forward to having Castle Rock be the home of Colorado’s Distinguished Young Women for many years to come.

For more information on Distinguished Young Women of Colorado or to set up an interview with Bailey Baker, please contact Jennifer Tolbert (251-438-3621; Jennifer@DistinguishedYW.org).

About Distinguished Young Women

Founded in 1958 in Mobile, Alabama, Distinguished Young Women is the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls. During its 56 years of operation, the program has provided life-changing experiences for more than 730,000 young women. Last year, Distinguished Young Women provided more than $108 million in cash and college scholarship opportunities to program participants at the local, state and national level. Previously known as America’s Junior Miss, the program announced its new name in June 2010.

The mission of Distinguished Young Women is to positively impact the lives of young women by providing a transformative experience that promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership and talent. National sponsors include the City of Mobile, Mobile County, Barbara Barrington Jones Family Foundation, Encore Rehabilitation, Wintzell’s Oyster House, Alabama Power Foundation, Master Boat Builders, Regions Financial Corporation, and Sirote & Permutt.

For more information about Distinguished Young Women, contact Megan Gunter, National Headquarters Communications Director (251-438-3621, Megan@DistinguishedYW.org) or visit www.DistinguishedYW.org. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Distinguished Young Women Names Marketing & Communications Director

Distinguished Young Women is excited to announce that Megan Gunter has been named the new Marketing & Communications Director for the Mobile, Ala. based national scholarship program. She is responsible for all marketing, communications, public relations and social media efforts by the national office.

Megan is a graduate of the University of Alabama and has since been living in Washington D.C. where she gained communications and marketing experience in the private and non-profit sectors. It was her background in Early Childhood Development that led her to D.C. where she worked for both a child advocacy organization and then later a strategic consulting firm. It was during her time at the consulting firm where Megan developed her skills in strategic communications planning, brand management, graphic design, video editing as well as social media management.

Megan believes that Distinguished Young Women provides young women with life-changing opportunities and is excited and honored to be part of an organization that empowers young women.

“I am thrilled to have this wonderful opportunity with Distinguished Young Women. Growing up in Mobile, I have always regarded the organization as an extraordinary one that helps so many high school girls recognize their full potential. Life can be scary and stressful as a young woman, so to have a program where you can develop critical life-skills, gain confidence, and are also able to further your education through the help of a scholarship is something that is priceless in today’s world. I am looking forward to starting my new role and meeting all of the amazing people associated with the organization.”

About Distinguished Young Women

Founded in 1958 in Mobile, Alabama, Distinguished Young Women is the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls. During its 56 years of operation, the program has provided life-changing experiences for more than 730,000 young women. Last year, Distinguished Young Women provided more than $108 million in cash and college scholarship opportunities to program participants at the local, state and national level. Previously known as America’s Junior Miss, the program announced its new name in June 2010.

The mission of Distinguished Young Women is to positively impact the lives of young women by providing a transformative experience that promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership and talent. National sponsors include the City of Mobile, Mobile County, Wintzell’s Oyster House, Encore Rehabilitation, SPANX, Mobile Gas: A Sempra Company, Regions Bank, Alabama Power Foundation, and Master Boat Builders.

For more information about Distinguished Young Women, contact Megan Gunter, Distinguished Young Women Marketing & Communications Director (251-622-5335, Megan@DistinguishedYW.org) or visit www.DistinguishedYW.org. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube: www.facebook.com/distinguishedyw; www.twitter.com/distinguishedyw; www.youtube.com/user/distinguishedyw

Distinguished Young Women seeks Executive Director

Distinguished Young Women is currently seeking to fill the position of Executive Director effective immediately. All interested applicants should send cover letter and resume to search@distinguishedyw.org no later than September 27, 2013. No calls please.

DESCRIPTION OF THE ORGANIZATION:

Distinguished Young Women is a nonprofit corporation located in the historic district of Mobile, Alabama. It was founded in 1957 in Mobile and each June 50 finalists travel to Mobile to participate in the national finals. Distinguished Young Women’s mission is to positively impact the lives of young women by providing a transformation experience that promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership, and talent.

PURPOSE:

The Executive Director administers all facets of the national office including development, staffing, budgeting, strategic planning, and the national finals. He or she will represent the organization externally to foster effective relations with current and potential donors, sponsors, and granting agencies. The Executive Director is the “face” of Distinguished Young Women to the Mobile community and the nation.

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Executive Director will work directly with the Board of Directors on strategic planning, budgeting, and fund development to further the mission of Distinguished Young Women. He or she is responsible for staffing the national office and providing guidance and inspiration to the multitude of volunteers. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:

The successful candidate will possess a Bachelor’s degree, at least five years experience in fund development and business/nonprofit management. He or she will possess excellent written and oral communication skills; the ability to analyze situations and propose solutions; excellent organizational and project management skills; proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite; and a belief in the mission of Distinguished Young Women.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES:

· Act as the spokesperson for the organization and its mission in the Mobile Community and throughout U.S.

· Ensure the integrity and consistency of the organization at all levels (county, state and national)

· Oversee all aspects of implementing the organization’s Strategic Plan including set goals for fund development; state and local program growth; and increasing national awareness for the program

· Develop, with the assistance of the Board’s Development Committee, and any consultants, the fund development strategies and campaigns for the national office

· Work with the Board of Directors and outside contractors to develop National Sponsors

· Develop a comprehensive timeline and plan of action for all development activities including fundraising events

· Recruit and retain a professional, dedicated staff

· Create and manage annual budget

· Oversee the annual national finals event in Mobile, AL

· Assist in recruiting and orienting Board members; and in Board governance

· Develop creative partnerships with other organizations to further the mission of Distinguished Young Women

· Perform other duties as directed by the Board of Directors

· Maintain a positive, supportive, cooperative, proactive, and can-do attitude towards work and co-workers in fulfilling the mission of Distinguished Young Women

Distinguished Young Women announces 2012-2013 board of directors and officers

Distinguished Young Women is pleased to announce its 2012-2013 board of directors and officers. Board members and officers were recently installed at the November 2012 annual meeting of the board of directors.

Joy Mitchell Grodnick will serve as president of the Distinguished Young Women board of directors for the upcoming year. Grodnick joined the board of directors in 1999 and has since been an integral player in helping to recruit sponsors and cultivate donors. She earned a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Texas where she met her husband, Jimmy. Together they have three daughters, Abby, Meryl and Leah. Grodnick has served on the board of directors for various organizations including Regions Bank, UMS-Wright Alumni Association, UMS-Wright Board of Trustees, American Cancer Society, Gulf Coast Exploreum, Mobile Ballet, and the Mobile AIDS Support Services.

“I am as passionate about this program now as when I joined the board in 1999,” said Grodnick. “I fully believe in the work we do to empower young women all across the United States and it is an honor and privilege to serve as president of the board of directors as we strive to take this program to the next level.”

Other incoming officers include: Paige Plash of Encore Rehabilitation, VP of operations/governance; Dee Gambill of Regions Bank, VP of development; Rob Diehl of BankTrust, treasurer; Carlisha Hartzog-Bagsby of PNC Bank, secretary.

Distinguished Young Women also welcomes four new board members for 2012-2013: Kim Perry of Myriad Genetics, Inc.; Faye Olensky of WALA-TV/WFNA-TV; Laura Burton of Verge; and Ronnie Beard of Beard & Beard Attorneys (Alexandria, La.).

Distinguished Young Women welcomes back returning board members including: Jim Barnes (Jim Barnes Enterprises/McDonald’s); Jessica Barrick (Bellingrath Gardens and Home); Ashley Brown; Allen Carroll (Wilkins Miller Hieronymus, LLC); Kesshia Davis (Mobile Gas – A Sempra Company); Buffy Donlon (Wintzell’s Oyster House Restaurant); Misty Elliott (Spanx, Inc.); Ashley Halfman (Miller & Martin PLLC); Chuck Harmon (Wells Fargo); Shirley Justice (Sirote and Permutt PC); Phil Kaiser (Retired President/CEO Gayfers/Maison Blanche Dept. Stores); Chris S. King (Roberts Brothers, Inc.); Paul Klotz (Thompson Engineering); Geri Moulton; Dean Parker (Callis Communications); Eric Patterson (Alabama Power Company); Mike Rice (Master Boat Builders); Steve Robinson (Robinson Brothers Lincoln-Volvo); Vicki Rosetti-Applewhite (Press-Register); Al Stokes (Mobile Mayor’s Office); Jay Stubbs (First Protective); Cynthia Tindell; David Turner (BancorpSouth); Susan Veasey (ICS Communications); George J. Waldron (Retired); John Wilson (Mobile Paint Manufacturing Company of Delaware, Inc.).

About Distinguished Young Women

Founded in 1958 in Mobile, Alabama, Distinguished Young Women is the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls. During its 56 years of operation, the program has provided life-changing experiences for more than 730,000 young women. Last year, Distinguished Young Women provided more than $108 million in cash and college scholarship opportunities to program participants at the local, state and national level. Previously known as America’s Junior Miss, the program announced its new name in June 2010.

The mission of Distinguished Young Women is to positively impact the lives of young women by providing a transformative experience that promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership and talent. National sponsors include the City of Mobile, Mobile County, Wintzell’s Oyster House, Encore Rehabilitation, SPANX, Mobile Gas: A Sempra Company, Regions Bank, Alabama Power Foundation, and Master Boat Builders.

For more information about Distinguished Young Women, contact Stephanie Bradford, National Headquarters Communications Director (251-622-5335, Stephanie@DistinguishedYW.org) or visit www.DistinguishedYW.org. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube: www.facebook.com/distinguishedyw; www.twitter.com/distinguishedyw; www.youtube.com/user/distinguishedyw

Schaumburg, Ill. teen named Distinguished Young Woman of Illinois

On November 18, Isha Jog of Schaumburn, Ill. was named the Distinguished Young Woman of Illinois and awarded $2,250 in cash scholarships during a statewide scholarship program for high school girls held at The Timbers of Shorewood in Shorewood, Illinois.

Jog was one of 9 high school senior girls from Illinois who competed to represent the state as the Distinguished Young Woman of Illinois for 2013. Participants were evaluated in the categories of Scholastics (20%), Interview (25%), Fitness (15%), Self-Expression (15%) and Talent (25%).

Throughout the next year, Jog will represent the state at various public events and serve as a role model to young people by spreading the program’s national outreach message of “Be Your Best Self.” The outreach program is designed to encourage self-esteem and excellence in all young people through its five principles: Be Healthy, Be Involved, Be Studious, Be Ambitious, and Be Responsible.

Jog is the daughter of Nitin and Gauri Jog and is a senior at Hoffman Estates High School.

The 56th National Finals will take place on June 27, 28, and 29, 2013, in Mobile, Ala. Jog will travel to Mobile, Ala. along with 49 other state representatives to participate in personal development activities and community service projects before competing for the opportunity to become the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2013 and for additional cash scholarships. North Carolina’s Christina Maxwell, who is attending the University of Michigan, won the 2012 overall award.

For more information on Distinguished Young Women of Illinois or to set up an interview with Isha Jog, please contact Tiana Evans (Illinois@DistinguishedYW.org).

About Distinguished Young Women

Founded in 1958 in Mobile, Alabama, Distinguished Young Women is the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls. During its 56 years of operation, the program has provided life-changing experiences for more than 730,000 young women. Last year, Distinguished Young Women provided more than $108 million in cash and college scholarship opportunities to program participants at the local, state and national level. Previously known as America’s Junior Miss, the program announced its new name in June 2010.

The mission of Distinguished Young Women is to positively impact the lives of young women by providing a transformative experience that promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership and talent. National sponsors include the City of Mobile, Mobile County, Wintzell’s Oyster House, Encore Rehabilitation, SPANX, Mobile Gas: A Sempra Company, Regions Bank, Alabama Power Foundation, and Master Boat Builders.

For more information about Distinguished Young Women, contact Stephanie Bradford, National Headquarters Communications Director (251-622-5335, Stephanie@DistinguishedYW.org) or visit www.DistinguishedYW.org. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube: www.facebook.com/distinguishedyw; www.twitter.com/distinguishedyw; www.youtube.com/user/distinguishedyw

AJM Updates Program to Remove Misconceptions

Contact: Pam Tate, Tucker & Associates (214) 252-0900, ext. 23
Cassidy Grimes, AJM (251) 622-5335
AMERICA’S JUNIOR MISS AIMS TO REMOVE MISCONCEPTIONS AND BARRIERS TO SUCCESS WITH NAME CHANGE AND PROGRAM UPDATES

Changes To Oldest And Largest National Scholarship Program For High School Girls To Be Unveiled At AJM National Finals, June 24 – 26, 2010

Mobile, ALABAMA (June 15, 2010) – What’s in a name? For America’s Junior Miss Scholarship Program (AJM), often times the wrong impression, misconceptions and barriers to success.
For Michelle Rodgers of Kentucky, it meant a lot of explaining. When she introduced herself this past year to a variety of people as “America’s Junior Miss 2009,” she received such comments as, “Oh, like a beauty pageant?” or, “Is this like Junior Miss America?”

To continue its mission for another 50 years and beyond, AJM’s Board of Directors is taking a proactive approach and is in the process of repositioning the program, including a name change to better reflect the organization and its efforts to remain relevant and keep pace with the needs and interests of today’s young women. The name change and other program updates will be announced and highlighted at the AJM National Finals, June 24 – 26, 2010, in Mobile, Ala.

“We want to leverage the full potential and extraordinary value of the AJM experience,” said Becky Jo Peterson, Executive Director of America’s Junior Miss Scholarship Program. “There are no fees to enter the program because AJM strives to give every young woman the opportunity to further her education and prepare for a successful future. We provide opportunities for personal growth through team building activities, presentations by organizations like the League of Women Voters, interaction with prominent women who lead successful and service-oriented lives, and community service.”
AJM More Important To Young Women Today Than Ever

America’s Junior Miss is the oldest and largest national scholarship program of its type for high school females. Headquartered in Mobile, Ala., AJM has provided life- changing experiences for more than 200,000 young women and more than $90 million in scholarships for college during its 52 years of operation.
The mission of AJM is to empower outstanding high school women by providing scholarship opportunities, developing life skills, and encouraging positive values, and to impact the lives of all young women through its “Be Your Best Self” outreach program. Many participants earn scholarships for college, but all learn life skills to help them interview for jobs, stay in school, develop healthy relationships, and have increased confidence.

During AJM’s 52-year history, the organization’s members have watched the interests and needs of young women change and grow dramatically. Research today shows that more young women than ever are attending and graduating from college, studying math and science, and scoring higher grade point averages than their male counterparts.
However, research today also shows that this group of young women is under an increasing number of pressures related to their appearance and how they view themselves and their relationships with others. Other pressures involve engaging in negative activities, such as underage drinking. Collectively, these pressures can take a toll on self-esteem in young women and negatively impact their physical and mental health. The result in some cases is increased rates of depression, eating disorders, self injury and even suicide.

These findings, both positive and negative, make the mission of AJM all the more important today. Unfortunately, the name – America’s Junior Miss – has become a barrier to the continued success of the organization. Like the experience of AJM 2009 Michelle Rodgers, America’s Junior Miss requires a great deal of explanation about what it actually is (a program that rewards scholarship, leadership and talent) and what it is not (a beauty pageant). This confusion has increasingly conjured up negative images for many potential supporters, sponsors, and participants, including Rodgers; images that some feel are demeaning to young women today.
“Junior Miss Is Something So Different”

So many people have misconceptions about the Junior Miss program, and Rodgers admits that not long ago she could have counted herself as one of them. She learned what the program was really about after a friend participated in a local competition.

“I soon realized that Junior Miss is something so different,” explained Rodgers. “It’s a scholarship program that helps young women recognize their own potential, display their years of hard work and dedication, and make friends with other young women with whom they share a passion and drive.”

As America’s Junior Miss 2009, Rodgers received $60,000 in scholarships, as well as a medallion (not a crown and a sash) to symbolize her achievements in the classroom and in extracurricular activities. Rodgers is currently attending Northwestern University, where she is majoring in theater (her passion) and business (as a practical matter) and minoring in Spanish (to prepare her for a future Peace Corps stint in a Spanish-speaking country).

Other Junior Misses are just as impressive and truly represent what the AJM program is all about: Lindsey Brinton of Utah, AJM 2008, is studying biochemical engineering at Harvard University; Nora Ali of Minnesota, AJM 2007, is studying statistics/quantitative finance and engineering at Harvard University, and Taylor Phillips of Kentucky, AJM 2006, is studying human biology and psychology at Stanford University.
Concluded Rodgers, “Such an exceptional and rewarding program shouldn’t have a name that it’s fighting against. It should have a name that aids it and enhances its meaning.”

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Founded in 1958 in Mobile, Ala., America’s Junior Miss Scholarship Program (AJM) is the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school females. During its 53 years of operation, AJM has provided life-changing experiences for more than 700,000 young women and more than $90 million in college scholarships. This year, AJM provided more than $65 million in cash and college scholarship opportunities to more than 4,400 young women across the nation. AJM inspires high school girls to develop their full, individual potential through a fun, transformative experience that cumulates in a celebratory showcase of the accomplishments by:

Encouraging continued education and providing college scholarships.
Developing self-confidence and the abilities to interview effectively, to speak in public, to perform on stage and to build interpersonal relationships.
Encouraging and showcasing excellence in academic achievement, physical fitness, on-stage performance skills, and the ability to think and communicate clearly.
Creating opportunities to beneficially inspire and lives of others.

For more information about AJM, contact Cassidy Grimes of AJM at (251) 622-5335 or cassidy@ajm.org or visit the AJM Web site at www.ajm.org. Or, contact Pam Tate of Tucker & Associates at (214) 252-0900, ext. 23 or pam@tuckerpr.com. Photography is available by calling (214) 252-0900.

AJM Announces Satellite Awards at First Prelims

The 53rd AJM National Finals began on Thursday, June 24, with the first preliminary of competition. Satellite scholarship awards were presented to members of the AJM Class of 2010 at the end of the night.

  • Betsy Plemons of Cheyenne, Wyoming and Julia Springate of Louisville, Kentucky received the Betty Copeland My Town Awards presented by Wintzell’s Oyster House. Each of them received a $1,000 cash scholarship. Download photo.
  • Meredith Gaufin of Provo, Utah received the Bel Air Mall Community Service Essay award for $1,500.
  • Arianne Leavitt of Mesa, Arizona received the Press-Register Daily Journal Award for $1,000. Read Arianne’s essay here. Download photo.
  • Be Your Best Self Essay Awards for $1,000 each were awarded to Katelyn von Diezelski of West Monroe, Louisiana; Nina Montgomery of Ridgewood, New Jersey; and Megan Wood of Washington, Missouri. Download photo.
  • Hilary Hoyt of Maine was awarded the Saad Development Has Been Award. Hoyt was Maine’s Junior Miss 2009 and is currently a student at the University of Maine where she is a member of the UMaine Dance Team, president of the Alpha Lamda Delta Honor Society, and recipient of the National Sorority Award for the highest grade point average. Download photo.

The second night of preliminary competitions will continue on Friday, June 25. Scholarships will be presented at the conclusion of the program.

The Class of 2010 will compete for a share of $135,000 in cash scholarships and the overall title at the 53rd Annual National Finals on June 26. The program will be broadcast live at 7 p.m. June 26 at www.local15tv.com. Tickets are available at www.ajm.org or by calling 251-438-3621.

AJM’s national sponsors for 2010 are the City of Mobile, Mobile County, Spanx Foundation, Encore Rehabilitation, Alabama Power Foundation, Regions Bank, and Mobile Gas.

For more information, please contact Cassidy Grimes, AJM Communications Director, at 251-622-5335 or cassidy@ajm.org, or visit www.ajm.org.

-AJM-

AJM Celebrates National Be Your Best Self Week

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: CASSIDY GRIMES, AJM COMMUNICATION DIRECTOR
251.438.3621 OR CASSIDY@AJM.ORG

AJM SPREADS POSITIVE MESSAGES TO AMERICA’S YOUTH THROUGH NATIONAL BE YOUR BEST SELF WEEK

The 53 year old national scholarship program from Mobile, Ala. will dispatch many of the nation’s best and brightest young women to Boys & Girls Clubs and other organizations across the nation to share messages of positive self esteem and personal development during National Be Your Best Self Week. The national event, presented by America’s Junior Miss (AJM) will take place the week of April 12-16, 2010, and is expected to reach thousands of young people in Boys & Girls Clubs across the nation.

Find a Be Your Best Self presentation in your area: www.ajm.org/about/be_your_best_self/bybs_week/2010.

During National BYBS Week, state and local program representatives will visit a Boys & Girls Club in their communities to talk to young people about being physically fit and drug free, serving their communities, staying in school, setting and achieving goals, and living by moral and ethical principles. Each Junior Miss will use her own talents and life experiences to present the message through creative and fun methods that engage the young people they meet. Past presentations have included dance lessons, puppet shows, community service projects, and interactive discussions.

Young people who agree to accept the BYBS challenge will complete pledge cards as a personal commitment to be healthy, studious, involved, ambitious, and responsible.

Michelle Rodgers, America’s Junior Miss 2009, will also participate in National Be Your Best Self Week when she visits a Boys & Girls Club in Chicago. Rodgers is a freshman at Northwestern University.

About AJM & BYBS
Since 1958 America’s Junior Miss has provided scholarships and life-enhancing experiences to its participants at the local, state and national levels. The Be Your Best Self program began from the desire to provide a common means for Junior Miss participants to give back to their communities and help young people grow to be successful and responsible adults. The Be Your Best Self program has five principles: Be Healthy; Be Studious, Be Involved, Be Ambitious, and Be Responsible.

For more information about National Be Your Best Self Week visit us online at www.ajm.org/about/be_your_best_self/bybs_week.

~AJM~

Emily Ann Tatum Joins AJM National Staff

October 1, 2009

Contact: Cassidy Grimes, AJM Communications Director
cassidy@ajm.org | 251.438.3621

EMILY ANN TATUM JOINS AJM NATIONAL STAFF

10225818The National Headquarters of AJM is pleased to announce the addition of a new staff member to its team. Emily Ann Tatum joined AJM as Development Director, overseeing all fund development plans and sponsor relations to support the national organization.

Emily Ann graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Public Relations from Auburn University where she served as a Senator for the College of Liberal Arts and was an Auburn University Cheerleader. Upon graduation, Emily Ann joined OnMedia Ad Sales as an Account Executive, and now joins the national staff at AJM.

Emily Ann has remained active with the Junior Miss program since high school when she represented Dale County’s Junior Miss and was a finalist in Alabama’s Junior Miss program. She has since served in roles such as emcee, judge, performer, and volunteer.

America’s Junior Miss (AJM) is the nation’s oldest and largest scholarship program for college-bound high school senior women. The program, headquartered in Mobile, Alabama, began in 1958 and has since awarded more than $90 million in college scholarships at the local, state, and national levels. Over 700,000 young women from all over the country have participated in Junior Miss programs. AJM is proud to have the assistance of more than 17,000 volunteers throughout the United States, who help to make the Junior Miss program successful at the local and state levels.

For more information, please contact Cassidy Grimes, AJM Public Relations Director, at 251-622-5335 or cassidy@ajm.org, or visit www.ajm.org.

~AJM~

National Sponsors