Ashley-Sinclair Curtis is the Distinguished Young Woman of Coffee County Class of 2020.
The daughter of Paul and Paula Curtis is an Enterprise High School student and was named DYW of Coffee County during the program held at the EHS Performing Arts Center Friday, May 31.
Curtis is a member of the EHS Wildcats’ varsity golf team and serves as vice president of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of Alabama and Student Government Association groups at EHS. She is a participant in the Coffee County Youth Leadership Program, the Scholar Bowl, the ASTRA Girls Club, Student 2 Student and the National Honor Society. Curtis also is a part of the Hillcrest Baptist Church camera crew.
Participants for the Distinguished Young Woman of Coffee County were evaluated by a panel of judges in categories that included scholastic, interview, talent, fitness and self-expression.
Curtis was also presented the fitness, scholastic, interview and talent awards.
The Be Your Best Self Essay award was presented to participant Elizabeth “Grace” Long who also was presented the Spirit of DYW.
The Community Service and Self Expression Awards were presented to participant Ally Young.
Scholastics rates 25 percent and the judge considers each participant's grade point average, standardized test scores and curriculum.
The interview category also rates 25 percent. The judges consider clarity of expression, mental alertness, perception, sense of values, human relations, educated responses, knowledge of current issues and events and personality.
The talent category rates 20 percent and each participant is allowed 90 seconds for her talent presentation during which judges consider technical ability, originality, appropriateness of selection, costume and stage presence.
Fitness rates15 percent and judges consider the participants’ agility, coordination, strength and stamina during a choreographed fitness routine.
Self-Expression rates 15 percent. This portion of the program allows the judges to evaluate the participant’s grace, demeanor, self-confidence and communication skills.
Participants in the DYW choose a Little Sister from the class behind theirs to be their assistants, cheerleaders and friend, said DYW of Coffee County Chairman Helen Faught. “The Little Sisters get a preview of what to expect in the coming year when they will hopefully be a part of this program.”
Curtis’s Little Sister was Tatum Mitchell. Long’s Little Sister was Amanda Brewer and Young’s Little Sister was Mary Harlin Charlton.
Faught said girls in the seventh to 10th grades have the opportunity to become involved in the DYW program also and may attend some of the DYW rehearsals and sit in on some of the Life Skills Workshops by becoming a Rising Star. The Coffee County Class of 2020 Rising Stars participating in the program were Ariana Johnson, Ashlynn Buxton, Gracie Thrash, Helen Catherine Rauch, Kylie Swan, Mackenzie Alford, Maddie West, May Morgan Lusk, Reagan Waddy, Sadie Hawkins, Summer Gilbert, Sydney Stephenson, Tylor Osler and Tyler Mitchell.
The DYW of Coffee County Program awarded $8,000 in scholarships this year thanks to the generosity of local sponsors, Faught said.