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JeffCo Distinguished Young Women program this weekend

By Gary Lloyd

JEFFERSON COUNTY — The Distinguished Young Women Program of Jefferson County will be held Friday and Saturday at the Wright Center Concert Hall on the campus of Samford University.

Twenty-nine high school senior girls, representing 14 high schools from across Jefferson County, will compete for cash-tuition and college-granted scholarships and the opportunity to represent Jefferson County in the Distinguished Young Women Program of Alabama in Montgomery in January 2015.

Sarah Grace McDuff, the current Distinguished Young Woman of Jefferson County, will make special dance performances nightly. Mistress of Ceremonies is 1993 Jefferson County’s and Alabama’s Junior Miss, Ashley Halfman.

Celebrating a theme of “Serendipity,” participants will compete in the on-stage categories of talent, fitness and self expression.

On the final night of competition, finalists will be selected, along with overall category winners, in addition to the naming of the Distinguished Young Woman of Jefferson County 2015, first alternate and second alternate.

Participating from Hewitt-Trussville High School are Abby Lewis, Lauren Smith and Elizabeth Weyerman. Participating from Clay-Chalkville High School is Emilee Jones and from the Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School is Rayven Rice.

All tickets are for reserved seating and are each for July 18 at 7 p.m. and July 19 at 1 p.m. Tickets are each for the finals July 19 at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased through any participant or at the Samford University Wright Center box office each evening one hour prior to each performance, or by calling 205-907-0210.

For more information about the program, contact chairman Eddie Macksoud at 205-907-0210 or

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