Dale DYW heads to state

Dale County Distinguished Young Woman Deanna McDaniel

The Dale County Distinguished Young Woman will join high school seniors from across Alabama to participate in the DYW of Alabama program to be held in Montgomery Jan. 21 and 22.

“From the late nights of drilling interview questions and staying up-to-date on current events to the early mornings of working out and practicing my routines a million times, I am honored to represent Dale County,” said Deanna McDaniel, a senior at Carroll High School in Ozark.

McDaniel was selected to be the Dale County DYW Representative on June 4, 2021 at a joint program with Coffee and Geneva counties, with a representative selected from each of the three counties.

McDaniel leaves for the state competition Sunday, Jan. 16, to spend the week with her host family in the Montgomery River Region. She and her roommate, Baldwin County DYW Madeline Shipman, will attend practices and visit various groups and community venues during the week.

The daughter of Danny and Gloria McDaniel was the winner of all five categories during the tri-county program in June 2021. She was the Dale County winner in the scholastic, interview, fitness, self-expression and talent categories.

At the state level program to be held at Frazer United Methodist Church in Montgomery, McDaniel will compete for $41,000 in cash scholarships and more than $2 million in college granted scholarships as well as for the opportunity to represent the state as the DYW of Alabama.

McDaniel is a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church in Ariton where she is involved in all youth programs and activities. McDaniel is also involved in school activities to include serving as the Eagle Representative Captain, Student Government Association President, CHS Cheer Captain and Student Director of the Dale County and Ozark City Schools Production, “Newsies.”

McDaniel, whose future plans are to attend the University of Alabama, said she is excited to represent Dale County at the state program. “Participating in the Distinguished Young Woman Program has taught me so many things,” she said. “I have made memories that will last a lifetime and I have gained so much knowledge that will help me currently and in the future.”

Founded in 1958, Distinguished Young Women is a free program that encourages participants to reach their full individual potential. The mission of the program is to empower young women by providing over $1 billion in scholarship opportunities, connecting with a nationwide network of women, developing their self-confidence and participating in our Life Skills Workshops that prepare them for success after high school.

National sponsors include Barbara Barrington Jones Family Foundation, Mobile County, City of Mobile, Alabama Power Foundation, Shoe Station, Gant Travel Management, the Coffeen Family, Regions Financial Corporation, Jostens and Alabama Media Group.

For more information about Distinguished Young Women, contact Tara Principe, National Headquarters Marketing and Communications Director, at 251-438-3621 or Tara@DistinguishedYW.org or visit www.DistinguishedYW.org.

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