Distinguished Young Women OF Alabama At-Large


is part of a national scholarship program that promotes and rewards scholastics, leadership and talent in young women. Earn scholarships for higher education, personally develop through the DYW Life Skills Workshops, and make new friends from around the state.


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Wesley  Craft
Wesley Craft , Distinguished Young Woman of Sumter County for 2024
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Caroline Fisher
Caroline Fisher, Distinguished Young Woman of Tallapoosa County for 2024
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Emma Brunson
Emma Brunson, Distinguished Young Woman of Etowah County for 2024
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Mary Helen Compton
Mary Helen Compton, Distinguished Young Woman of Marengo County for 2024
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Hope Jacobs
Hope Jacobs, Distinguished Young Woman of Winston County for 2024
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Jennifer Sanchez
Jennifer Sanchez, Distinguished Young Woman of Barbour County for 2024
Program Information

Class of 2024 Program

Deadline to apply: July 1, 2023

Date TBA

Where:
Location TBA

Tickets:
$TBA for Preliminaries on Date and Time TBA
$TBA for Finals on Date and Time TBA

Life-Changing Experience

College scholarships are awarded at the state level and millions in college-granted scholarships are available nationally. The state representative will advance to the national program for the opportunity to compete for cash tuition scholarships. To participate, you must be in your junior of high school. Participants are evaluated in the areas of: scholastics, interview, talent, self-expression, and fitness.

CLASS OF 2024 DEADLINE TO APPLY:

July 1, 2023


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2024 Distinguished Young Woman of Alabama At-Large

2025 Local Participants


These participants will take part in the up-coming local program.

Participants

2024 Wesley Craft , Distinguished Young Woman of Sumter County

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Wesley  Craft
From
35470

University Preference
University of West Alabama

Career Goal
Multidimensional Interior Design

Achievements:
National Honors society Peer helpers Beta Club Chaplin SGA secretary

Activites:
DanceCheerTennis

Additional:
Passing out Christmas cards to business around town Cleaning walk around the University of West Alabama’s campus School Mentor Planted a community garden Wearing a Cause

2024 Caroline Fisher, Distinguished Young Woman of Tallapoosa County

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Caroline Fisher
From
New Site

University Preference
Auburn University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

Career Goal
Worship Ministry and Business

Achievements:
East Alabama 4-H Chick Chain Junior ShowmanVarious Championship Tennis Awards in Girl's SinglesACT 30+ ClubTheata Tau National Honor Society

Activites:
Administration and Worship Ministry Assistant - Currently, I work a part time job at First Baptist Church in Alexander City where I provide communication and administration support to the pastoral staff. Some of my responsibilities include managing our church's databases, coordinating and producing church publications, and preparing worship and media materials. In this role, I am also responsible for leading our student worship band. Member of J&K Band - I play the electric and acoustic guitar, as well as sing for the J&K Band. We provide worship music for Disciple Now weekends, youth church camps, and other special events. This has allowed me to lead worship in Tennessee, Alabama, and Alaska. Trinity Christian School Tennis Team - I am an active member of the Trinity tennis team where I am the number one female player. The past two years our girls' team has won our conference tournament. Farmhand on Family Farm - Our family owns a homesteading farm where we raise our own beef, pork, and vegetables. We also have a dairy cow we milk and raise chickens for small scale egg production. I assist my family in day to day chores and farm management.Breeder of Juliana Miniature Pigs - I have a small business where I breed and sell Juliana miniature pigs.Fisher Farm on the Go - My siblings and I have a small business where we take our farm animals to birthday parties and special events.Member of Tallapoosa County 4-H and the 4H Leadership Council

Additional:
First Baptist Church Worship Team - For the past six years, I have voluntarily served on our church's worship team as a vocalist, guitarist, and pianist. Tennis Coach - Each week I volunteer to teach local children how to play tennis. I also assist with tennis summer camps.Farm Days for the Community - Our family hosts farm days for local schools and church groups.FBC Vacation Bible School - Each year I volunteer during our church's VBS assisting with tech, recreation, and 6th grade Bible study.Upward Basketball - As a volunteer for our church's Upward Basketball Program, I am responsible for the media production and tech support.

2024 Emma Brunson, Distinguished Young Woman of Etowah County

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Emma Brunson
From
Rainbow City

University Preference
Auburn University

Career Goal
Law/Political Science

Achievements:
American Auxiliary Legion Alabama Girls State Delegate Paul Sexton Communication Award100 hrs Outstanding Service Award 2022100 hrs Outstanding Service Award 2023RFL Outstanding Lt. Governor AwardKey Club International Litwack Legacy of Leadership Key Club Alabama District Governor's Award

Activites:
2023-2024 Alabama Key Club District Governor2022-2023 Alabama Key Club District Secretary2021-2022 Alabama Key Club Division 7 Lt. GovernorEast Central Patriots Varsity SoftballStudents For Katie Britt Team MemberBallroom DanceDebate

Additional:
I lead the largest student lead service organization in the state of Alabama. I have served in multiple offices for over the last three years working 400+ hours a year on the Alabama Key Club State Board. We have committed to raise $150,000 for Children's of Alabama and have increased membership from 5,000 students in 2021 to 7,000 students in 2023. Operation Christmas Child - Atlanta Packaging Center/Local packing partiesChurch Service Projects/Missions FundraisersVolunteering with Way of the Cross Soup KitchenCollaborating with Bundles of Hope Diaper Bank in Birmingham Al. and their drop off locations to host events/drives and connect local Key Club members.

2024 Mary Helen Compton, Distinguished Young Woman of Marengo County

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Mary Helen Compton
From
Linden

University Preference
Auburn University

Career Goal
Graphic Design

Achievements:
National Honor SocietyFBLA 2nd place State Competition (Insurance)FBLA 4th place State Competition (Graphic Design)Featured Artist: Grove Hill Cultural Arts Center/Camden Cultural Arts CenterDistrict Judge: AISA Art CompetitionState winner for Art Design Lion's ClubAISA Local, District, and State Art ShowsFirst place Float (design and painted) DHS Sophomore and Jr. yearsMiss Chili Fest for Marengo County 2023First place talent show DHS

Activites:
Volunteer at Camp SawyervillePaintinghuntingBeing a water girl for the football teamTravelingDecoratingFashionLandscapingDrawing/sketching

Additional:
Volunteer at Camp SawyervilleArt teacher at Summer Camp for Camden Cultural Art Centertural Volunteer (face painting) for Wheelchairs and WashVolunteer at Preferred ABA (teaching art for kids with autism)Volunteer at the ARC of Clarke County Spring Jubilee

2024 Hope Jacobs, Distinguished Young Woman of Winston County

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Hope Jacobs
From
Double Springs

University Preference
University of Alabama

Career Goal
Professor of the Arts/Orchestral Musician

Achievements:
All State Red Band Flute PlayerAll State OrchestraGirl's State RepresentativeCullman Electric Montgomery Youth Tour RepresentativeHighest GPA in Science, English, and History2nd Place National Beta Club Speech Competition Vice President of Engineering Club1st place Scholarship Woodwind Soloist at Bevil State Torch Drum Major Two years in a row

Activites:
BandNational Honors SocietyScholars BowlMusical Theater Drama ClubClub Eternal Christian ClubWorship Band at church

Additional:
Kids Loving Kids Christmas Toy GiveawayNational Honors Society Paint the StadiumKeeping Alabama Beautiful - Roadside cleanupParent's as Teacher's Christmas Gift DeliveryBabysitter for Group Connections

2024 Jennifer Sanchez, Distinguished Young Woman of Barbour County

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Jennifer Sanchez
From
Clio

University Preference
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Career Goal
Elementary Education

Achievements:
Best Criminal Justice Student

Activites:
SoccerPeer HelperSr. BetaMember of Casa de Restauracion EmmanuelFCA LeaderYearbook StaffFBLA - SecretarySGA RepresentativeYouth Ambassador for the Ozark Area Chamber of CommerceSocial Media Coordinator at the Ozark Area Chamber of Commerce

Additional:
Luke's LegacyProm CommitteeFood DriveSunday School TeacherTown Beautification

2025 Local Participants

Lexie Flake
CityDouble Springs
University PreferenceWallace State Community College
Career GoalAviation
Jenna Fountain
CityBrewton
University Preference
Career Goal
Isabella Kirkland
CitySylacauga
University PreferenceAuburn University
Career GoalSports Medicine Physician
Isabella  Kirkland
CitySylacauga
University Preference
Career Goal
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Greenlee  Orman
CityOhatchee
University PreferenceJacksonville State University
Career GoalTo Become A Lawyer
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