4 to compete for DYW title in county

By RON HARRIS
Posted 4/22/18

Four young women representing two local high schools will compete Tuesday night for the title of 2019 Distinguished Young Woman of Walker County. This year’s program, which is sponsored each …

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4 to compete for DYW title in county

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Four young women representing two local high schools will compete Tuesday night for the title of 2019 Distinguished Young Woman of Walker County. 

This year’s program, which is sponsored each year by the Crescent Junior Study Club, will be held beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium at Maddox Intermediate School in downtown Jasper. 

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and can be purchased at the door. 

Kensley Sandlin, the 2018 Distinguished Young Woman of Walker County, will perform, along with dancers  from Athletic Arts Center and the Marilyn Sanders Performing Arts Center.

Contestants will compete in three areas of on-stage competition — talent (20 percent), fitness (15 percent) and self-expression (15 percent).  Other off-stage areas of competition include Scholastics (25 percent) and Interview (25 percent).  

The contestant selected as the 2019 Distinguished Young Woman of Walker County will go on to the state program in Montgomery on January 18-19, 2019.  

This year’s contestants are:


Pressley Madison

HIGH SCHOOL: Jasper High School

COLLEGE CHOICE: UAB

CAREER GOALS: Federal Bureau of Investigation

ACTIVITIES/HONORS: Drum Major • Playing clarinet • Writing Poetry • Running • Skeet shooting • Painting • Journaling • Dancing • Working out • Singing

TALENT : Signing to Original Poem “Hands to Communicate.”


Morgan Shell

HIGH SCHOOL: Dora High School

COLLEGE CHOICE: University of Alabama 

CAREER GOALS: Surgical Nurse

ACTIVITIES/HONORS: Band/Majorette • Student Trainer • BETA Club • Bulldog Buddies • Anchor Club • Talent Search winner 

TALENT: Baton performance to “Do What You Wanna.”


Kymberli Watts

HIGH SCHOOL: Dora High School

COLLEGE CHOICES: University of Montevallo 

CAREER GOALS: Social Worker

ACTIVITIES/HONORS: Theater • Anchor Club • HOSA 

TALENT: Dramatic Monologue of "Protective Shield."


Karlie Stephens

HIGH SCHOOL: Dora High School

COLLEGE CHOICES: Louisiana State University 

CAREER GOALS: Entertainment

ACTIVITIES/HONORS: Theatre • Track • Diamond Dolls • Drama Team (Church)

TALENT: Dance to “She Used To Be Mine.”


Founded in 1958 in Mobile, Distinguished Young Women is the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls. During its 60 years of operation, the program has provided life-changing experiences for more than 750,000 young women. Last year, Distinguished Young Women provided almost $1.5 billion in cash and college scholarship opportunities to program participants at the local, state and national level. The mission of Distinguished Young Women is to positively impact the lives of young women by providing a transformative experience that promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership and talent. National sponsors include Mobile County, City of Mobile, Wintzell's Oyster House, Encore Rehabilitation, Alabama Power Foundation, Master Boat Builders, The Barbara Barrington Jones Family Foundation, Regions Financial Corporation, Evonik Industries, and The Alabama Media Group. For more information about Distinguished Young Women visit www.DistinguishedYW.org.