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Burford named as Wilcox County 2017 Distinguished Young Women of Alabama

DYW - Beth Anne Burford

Beth Anne Burford


Wilcox County’s Distinguished Young Women representative is Elizabeth Ann Burford. Miss Burford will be arriving in Montgomery on Friday the 13th, to begin her time practicing and attending various events in the Montgomery area, leading up to the finals on the 21st. While there, she will be staying with a DYW Host family – Bob and April Poling, and she will be rooming with DYW Representative from Bibb County – Ashlynn Partridge. The 2017 Distinguished Young Women of Alabama Scholarship Program will be held in Montgomery on January 20th and 21st.

Distinguished Young Woman of Alabama to be named Saturday, January 21st, during the statewide scholarship competition final to be held in Montgomery at Frazer United Methodist Church.

Show times / tickets: Friday night, January 20th at 7:30pm -$17.00 Saturday afternoon, January 21st at 1:30pm – $17.00 Saturday night, January 21st at 7:00pm – $30.00 **Weekend Passes $55.00

High School senior girls from across Alabama will join together in Montgomery for the 60th Distinguished Young Women of Alabama program to be held January 20th and 21st, 2017, at Frazer United Methodist Church. The girls will arrive in Montgomery on January 13th and will stay with Host Families around the Montgomery River Region. While here, they will be visiting various groups and community venues all while preparing for the program. Participants will compete for $41,000 in cash scholarships and over $2 Million in college granted scholarships, and the opportunity to represent the State as the Distinguished Young Woman of Alabama for 2017. The 49 young women competing will be evaluated by a panel of five judges in the following categories: Scholastics (25%), Interview (25%), Fitness (15%), Self-Expression (15%), and Talent (20%). The participant selected as the Distinguished Young Woman of Alabama will advance to the National level at the 60th Distinguished Young Women National Finals in Mobile, Alabama on June 29th – July 1st, 2017, where she will join with 49 other state representatives in competing for cash scholarships and the opportunity to represent the program as the Distinguished Young Woman of America. Distinguished Young Women of Alabama sponsors include – Silver: ALFA, Auburn University at Montgomery and Robert Trent Jones. Bronze: LogoBranders, PrimeSouth Bank and Sterling Bank. Other Sponsors include Buses Unlimited, AUM Office of Orientation and Transitions, Paul Robertson Photography, Alabama Cattlemen’s Association, Kiwanis Club, Montgomery Chamber of Commerce, Debra Wiggins, Nancy’s Italian Ice and Wintzell’s Oyster House. For more information on Distinguished Young Women of Alabama, please contact Committee Chair, Carna Triftshauser at 334-538-4451 or About Distinguished Young Women Founded in 1958 in Mobile, Alabama, Distinguished Young Women is the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls. During its 59 years of operation, the program has provided life-changing experiences for more than 745,000 young women. Last year, Distinguished Young Women provided more than $1.1 billion in cash and college scholarship opportunities to program participants at the local, state and national level. Previously known as America’s Junior Miss, the program announced its new name in June 2010. 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, Alabama Power Foundation, Master Boat Builders, Barbara Barrington Jones Family Foundation, Encore Rehabilitation, Regions Financial Corporation, the State of Alabama Tourism Department and Alabama RC&D Council. For more information about Distinguished Young Women, contact Michelle Touchton at National Headquarters (251-438-3621, or visit Find us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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