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


REHEARSAL WEEK: July 14-20, 2024


Preliminary: Friday, July 19, 6:30 PM

Preliminary, Saturday, July 20, 11:30 A.M.

FINALS: Saturday, July 20, 6:30 P.M.

LOCATION: John Carroll Catholic High School

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

2025 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)

2025 Local Participants

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Sadie Benson
University PreferenceUniversity of Alabama and Mississippi State University
Career GoalA Job In Finance
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Ridley Tate Box
CityVestavia Hills
University PreferenceUniversity of Alabama
Career GoalPublic Relations With A Minor In Sports Media
TalentVocal Solo
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Nia Brown
University PreferenceNorth Carolina A&T
Career GoalLawyer
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Lillianne Campbell
University PreferenceUniversity of Alabama
Career GoalAnalytics/Actuary
TalentMarimba And Tap Dance
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Ella Kate Clark
University PreferenceUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham or Mississippi State University
Career GoalElementary School Teacher (2nd Or 5th Grade) Or Missionary
TalentLyrical Dance
CityMountain Brook
University PreferenceUniversity of Georgia, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Auburn University
Career GoalPsychology
TalentContemporary Dance
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Pearl Ennis
CityVestavia Hills
University PreferenceAuburn
Career GoalPhysical Therapy
TalentContemporary Dance
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Sunni Harkley
University PreferenceUniversity of Alabama
Career GoalCorporate Attorney
TalentLyrical/Contemporary Dance
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Katie Harris
University PreferenceAuburn University, University of Alabama
Career GoalLaw, Teaching
TalentVocal Solo
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Michelle Hines
University PreferenceUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham
Career GoalNeonatal Nurse Practioner
TalentCheer Dance Routine
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Miriam  Hodges
University PreferenceUniversity of Alabama, Florida State University, University of Florida, Belmont University
Career GoalMusical Theatre Actress/Performer
TalentVocal Solo
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Charlotte Hottle
CityVestavia Hills
University PreferenceUniversity of Georgia, Belmont University, Mississippi State University
Career GoalMusical Theater / Theater Education
TalentVocal Solo
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Jasmine  Kirwa
University PreferenceUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham and Auburn University
Career GoalLabor And Delivery Travel Nurse
TalentPoem Recitation
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Kezia Mickens
University PreferenceUniversity of Alabama
Career GoalHospitality And Tourism Industry/Chef/Baker
TalentPoetry Recitation
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Kate Nichols
University PreferenceUniversity of South Alabama
Career GoalComplete College With A Bachelors In Marine Biology, Then Go Into The Field Of Research And Ocean Conservation, With A Focus In Scientific Diving For Research And Data Collection Purposes
TalentVocal Solo
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Misha Patel
University PreferenceUAB EMSAP Program
Career GoalMedical School
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Kiersten Pritchard
University PreferenceAuburn University
Career GoalUndecided
TalentBallet En Pointe
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Ellie Robicheaux
CityVestavia Hills
University PreferenceFurman University, Wofford College, Auburn University, Richmond University, Rhodes College
Career GoalFinancial Management
TalentJazz Dance
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Stella Shipman
University PreferenceUAB, Auburn University, University of Montevallo
Career GoalBilingual Allied Health Professional/Theatre/Minor In Spanish
TalentVocal Solo
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Madeline Tapley
University PreferenceAuburn
Career GoalPursue A Combined Md And Jd Degree With The Ultimate Goal Of Working For The World Health Organization
TalentSinging Opera
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Ella Kate Trundt
CityMountain Brook
University PreferenceUniversity of Alabama, Duke
Career GoalPatent Law Attorney
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