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Brittany Salmon named Taylor County's Distinguished Young Woman

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By Calen McKinney

 

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She learned to play the piano about two years ago and found a hidden talent.

On Saturday, she won an award for that talent, along with a title that will allow her to represent Taylor County at a state pageant.

Brittany Salmon was named Taylor County's 2013 Distinguished Young Woman on Saturday. She competed against 15 other local high school seniors for the title at Campbellsville High School's Hamilton Auditorium.

Salmon, daughter of Jonathon and Kristie Hunt, also received preliminary fitness and talent awards.

Hearing her name called as Taylor County's Distinguished Young Woman, Salmon said, felt great.

"I just wanted to do my best, honestly," she said.

"You put in all of this hard work ... it feels very good knowing that all your hard work paid off."

As Taylor County's Distinguished Young Woman, Salmon receives gifts from local merchants and $3,500 in cash scholarships and more than $75,000 in college scholarships. She will compete in the Kentucky's Distinguished

Young Woman program in Lexington in January.

Salmon said she started to play the piano about two years ago because she knew she wanted to compete in the DYW competition. On Saturday, she performed "Passion" by Kyle Landry.

Salmon said she was especially excited to receive a fitness award because she has played sports all of her life.

She said she and the other DYW contestants began preparing for the competition by learning fitness and other routines in July.

And now that she has advanced to the state competition, Salmon said she won't be taking any time off to rest.

"I'm gonna dive right in," she said.

"I'm very excited. I've heard past winners say that it is such a great experience and I'm really looking forward to it."

Salmon said she will continue preparing for state until January.

"I'm gonna work really, really hard so I can represent this community well."

Salmon will graduate from Taylor County High School in May and said she isn't sure yet where she will attend college, though she would like to attend University of Kentucky and become a pharmacist.

Alyssa Young, daughter of Troy and Shelly Young, was named first runner-up and won a total of $3,500 in cash scholarships along with $48,000 in college scholarship money. She also received preliminary awards for scholastic runner-up, interview and self expression.

Grace Arnold, daughter of Jeff and Connie Arnold, was named second runner-up and received a total of $3,500 in cash scholarships and $31,000 in college scholarship money. She also received preliminary Be Your Best Self, self-expression, talent and interview awards.

Savannah Farmer, daughter of Blaine and Carol Farmer, was named third runner-up and received a preliminary fitness award, winning $1,500 in cash scholarships and more than $4,000 in college scholarship money.

This year's scholastic award went to Angella Farmer, daughter of Robert and Leanna Farmer. She received an $800 cash scholarship and more than $50,000 in college scholarship money.

Winnie Cheuvront, daughter of James and Jean Cheuvront, received the spirit award and a $300 cash scholarship.

Other participants in this year's DYW competition were Emily Florence, Graison Biggs, Brittany Biven, Cassidy Blair, Theresa Cox, Jill Hale, Megan Hall, Samantha Floyd, Jasmine Dowell and Emily Hamlett.

For more information about Distinguished Young Women, visit www.ajm.org.