Distinguished Young Women OF Jefferson County

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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Ashlyn Berry
Distinguished Young Woman of Jefferson County for 2024
Local Program Information

Class of 2025 Program

Date: July 20, 2024

Location John Carroll Catholic High School

Preliminary: Saturday, July 20, 1:00 P.M.

FINALS: Saturday, July 20, 6:00 P.M.

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.

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2024 Distinguished Young Woman of Jefferson County

2024 Local Participants

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


2024 Distinguished Young Woman of Jefferson County

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Ashlyn Berry

University Preference
University of Alabama

Career Goal
Music Educator

First Chair Clarinet Alabama All-State Band (11), All State Band Member (9-11)National Honor SocietyThird Place HS Presentation—University of Alabama German Day (11)Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society Lead Tenor Saxophone—Alabama All-State Jazz HS Bronze Band (11)Science Honor SocietyCharacter Award—Vestavia Hills High School Band (11)Choral Honor SocietyPrincipal Clarinetist All-State Sinfonia Orchestra (9)Rho Kappa Honor Society

Vestavia Hills High School Drum Major (12), Band Chaplain (12), Leadership (10-12)Rebel Up Club (Special Education Outreach) Co-Vice President (12), Secretary (11), Member (10-12)Vestavia Hills High School Peer Tutoring President (12), Member (11-12)Hunter Street Baptist Church Lifelong MemberVestavia Hills High School Just Singin' (A Cappella) (12)Honors and AP Student (9-12)RISE for Cancer "RISE and Shine Cafe" Member (11)Vestavia Hills High School Jazz Band (10-12)German Department Student (9-11)Vestavia Hills High School Wind Symphony (10-12)

Kid's and Student's Worship Leader/Vacation Bible School Leader at Hunter Street Baptist Church: 167 Hours (9-12)Rebel Up Outreach Lunch Pals/Field Trip Helper: 73 Hours (10-12)Show Choir Band Tenor Saxophonist: 56 Hours (11)Vestavia Hills HS Anastasia Musical Orchestra Pit: 30 Hours (10)Vestavia Hills HS Peer Tutoring: 16 Hours (11-12)

2024 Local Participants

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Harper Avery
CityVestavia Hills
University PreferenceAuburn University
Career GoalSports Broadcasting
TalentDance (Jazz)
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Ka'Lise Benson
University PreferenceHoward University
Career GoalTravel Nurse And International Attorney
TalentPoem Recitation
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Ashlyn Berry
University PreferenceUniversity of Alabama
Career GoalMusic Educator
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Meagan Bone
University PreferenceTuskegee University or North Carolina A&T State University
Career GoalComputer Engineer
TalentVocal Solo
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Kaitlyn Bryant
University PreferenceFisk University
Career GoalPediatric Surgery
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Ellie Coldiron
University PreferenceAuburn University, University of North Alabama or Troy University
Career GoalDance Studio Owner
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Kaylee Rose Elrod
University PreferenceAuburn University
Career GoalInternational Law
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Katie Marie Everett
University PreferenceUndecided
Career GoalMathematics Or Engineer
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Kristina Hwangpo
University PreferenceAuburn University or Georgia Institute of Technology
Career GoalEngineering
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Anna Kizzire
University PreferenceJacksonville State University or The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Career GoalPediatric Occupational Therapist
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Amaya Malone
University PreferenceCarnegie Mellon or University of Georgia
Career GoalFine Artist, Likely Actress Or Musician
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Daisy Mwangi
University PreferenceAuburn University
Career GoalPediatric Physician
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Tani Oda
University PreferenceUniversity of Pennsylvania or University of Texas at Austin
Career GoalBusiness Law
TalentChinese Brush Painting
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Jenna Stalls
University PreferenceUniversity of Mississippi
Career GoalPhysician For The U.S. Military
TalentDance Contemporary
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Jacey Tate
CityVestavia Hills
University PreferenceUniversity of Tennessee, Knoxville
Career GoalNeonatal Nurse
TalentDance Contemporary
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Maggie Von Hagel
CityVestavia Hills
University PreferenceTroy University
Career GoalForensic Psychologist
TalentColorguard Routine
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Meredith  Willingham
University PreferenceSamford University
Career GoalElementary School Guidance Counselor
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