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DYW set for Saturday

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More than $12,000 scholarships will be awarded this year

By The Staff

 

The Distinguished Young Women of Taylor County contest is Saturday evening at Roger D. Cook Auditorium on the campus of Taylor County High School.

The contest starts at 6 p.m. and features 14 senior girls from Campbellsville and Taylor County high schools.

The contest is based upon academics, and DYW of Taylor County will award over $12,000 in scholarships this year, said co-chair Jennifer Fitzpatrick.

“It’s an excellent program,” she said.

Contestants will speak about their academic pursuits and their test scores, and there’s also a talent portion where each girl will get to do a 90-second segment on the talent they choose. After that comes a 10-minute interview with the judges and self-expression stage where contestants will answer on-stage questions.

Fitzpatrick said the scholarship money can be used at any school chosen by the participants.

“All of the proceeds we have are donated,” she said. “We have no funding from the state level. It’s all donated from the community.”

Tickets can still be purchased online or at the door. To buy tickets online, visit www.dywoftaylorcounty.com.

Fitzpatrick said there’s some stress involved in organizing the event but that the time spent together makes it all worth it.

“Any time you organize 14 girls together on stage, there’s going to be a little stress,” she said. “But the fun and the memories we will make outweigh the stress.”