Distinguished Young Women of Cleveland
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Ariana Kim the reigning  
Distinguished
Young Woman of 2012, will provide entertainment for the upcoming Distinguished Young Woman program.
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Ladies from area high schools will be vying for the title of Distinguished Young Woman (formerly Junior Miss) of Cleveland Friday, March 16, at First Baptist Church. The theme of the program is “Carnival de Cleveland.”

The program begins at 6 p.m. and tickets for the event are available at Bradley Central, Cleveland and Walker Valley high schools, Cherokee Pharmacy, Orange Blossom, and Perry’s Petals through Friday.

All seating is general admission ($15) and doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets will also be available at the door the evening of the event.

Bridget Baggett Forrester will serve as mistress of ceremonies and David Goodwill will serve as master of ceremonies. Special entertainment will be provided by the reigning Distinguished Young Woman of Cleveland, Ariana Kim, as well as other guest performers.

The “Be Your Best Self” program is a national outreach aimed at encouraging self-esteem in young men and women all over the country. The program stresses the importance of being morally responsible and living a healthy and successful life, and promotes education and community service. The five elements of BYBS – Be healthy, Be involved, Be studious, Be ambitious and Be responsible – are the heart of the program and create bright and successful leaders for the future.

The winner of the local program will advance to the Distinguished Young Women of Tennessee program to be held at the Bradley Central High School Performing Arts Center in July. The winner of the state program will represent Tennessee in the Distinguished Young Women of America program in Mobile, Ala., in June 2013.

The 19 young ladies in the local program are:

Elizabeth Suzanne Brooks, a student at Cleveland High School. She is the daughter of Kim and Kevin Brooks. She plans to attend Belmont University and pursue a career as a family nurse practitioner. Her talent will be a jazz dance performance.

Meeri Shin, a student at Walker Valley High. She is the daughter of Soonja and Andy Shin. She plans to attend Vanderbilt University and pursue a career as a neurosurgeon. Her talent will be an alto sax performance.

Breanna Lauren McSpadden, a student at Bradley Central High. She is the daughter of Tammy and Mark McSpadden. She plans to attend Lee University and pursue a career as an elementary school teacher. Her talent will be a vocal and guitar performance.

Carly Marie Morris, a student at Cleveland High. She is the daughter of Melissa and Kevin Morris. She plans to attend the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and pursue a career as a nurse practitioner. Her talent will be a jazz dance on pointe.

Molly Caroline McConnell, a student at Cleveland High. She is the daughter of Sherrie and James McConnell. She plans to attend Lee University, Freed-Hardeman University or the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and pursue a career as a physical therapist or a career in the visual and theater arts. Her talent will be a piano performance.

Savannah Paige Savage, a student at Walker Valley High. She is the daughter of Ginger and Barry Savage. She plans to attend Lee University or Belmont University and pursue a career as a museum director. Her talent will be a vocal performance.

Montanna LeAubrey Thomas, a student at Bradley Central High. She is the daughter of Tonya Thomas. She plans to attend the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and pursue a career as a pediatrician. Her talent will be a hip-hop dance performance.

Chelsea Lorene Hall, a student at Cleveland High. She is the daughter of Kimberly Hall and Arthur Stiltner. She plans to attend East Tennessee State University or the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and pursue a career as a nurse. Her talent will be a vocal performance.

Abigail Taylor Coulthard, a student at Cleveland High. She is the daughter of Heather and Torr Coulthard. She plans to attend East Tennessee State University or the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and pursue a career in medicine. Her talent will be a jazz dance on pointe.

Morgan Nicole Corum, a student at Walker Valley High. She is the daughter of Sheri Wells and Jason Corum. She plans to attend the University of Hawaii and pursue a career in pediatric audiology. Her talent will be a clarinet performance.

Skyla Brooke Andrews, a student of Bradley Central High. She is the daughter of Tanya Farris and Robert Andrews. She plans to attend the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and pursue a career as a cosmetologist or a psychiatrist. Her talent will be a dramatic vocal performance.

Allyson Lee Kimball, a student of Silverdale Academy. She is the daughter of Susanne and John Kimball. She is undecided as to which university she will attend but plans on obtaining a degree in business with a minor in art. Her talent will be a jazz dance performance.

Sara Grace Bradley, a student of Walker Valley High. She is the daughter of Janet and Curtis Bradley. She plans to attend King College and pursue a career in elementary or secondary education. Her talent will be a violin performance.

Haley Moriah Anderson, a student of Gateway Christian. She is the daughter of Donna and Dennis Anderson. She plans to attend Covenant College, Lee University or Moody Bible College and pursue a career as a teacher. Her talent will be a musical drama performance.

Ashley Lauren Heald, a student of Gateway Christian. She is the daughter of Jamie and Stephen Heald. She plans to attend Lee University, Carson-Newman College or Union University and pursue a career as an author and a children’s minister. Her talent will be a classical ballet on pointe.

Riley Hope Kralik, a student at Walker Valley. She is the daughter of Lisa and Donald Kralik. She plans to attend Middle Tennessee State University, the University of Tennessee or the University of Memphis and pursue a career as a nurse in a Third World country or as a police officer. Her talent will be a steel drum performance.

Sally Michelle Shealy, a student at Cleveland High. She is the daughter of Kimberly and John Shealy. She plans to attend the University of Tennessee at Knoxville or the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and pursue a career as an emergency medical doctor. Her talent will be a dance/tumble performance.

Kaley Renee Lowry, a student at Silverdale Academy. She is the daughter of Tammy and Philip Lowry. She plans to attend Lee University. Her talent will be a vocal and guitar performance.

Samantha Lee Anne Powell, a student at Cleveland High. She is the daughter of Heather Watts and Michael Powell. She plans to attend Cumberland University, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, or Lee University and pursue a career as preschool or kindergarten teacher. Her talent will be a flag performance.

The Distinguished Young Women of Cleveland Scholarship program is sponsored by the Distinguished Young Women of Cleveland Oversight Committee. Nearly $5,000 in scholarships will be awarded to our local girls next Friday night.

Almost $2.5 million in cash scholarships were awarded by programs last year to young women across the nation. More than 700,000 young women have participated in programs at the local, state, and national levels.

It is the oldest organization of its kind in the United States and has had 300 national finalists attend nationally acclaimed colleges and universities with 200 colleges and universities offering college-granted scholarships to participants. Some 17,000 volunteers contribute their time and money to programs across the nation.