Distinguished Young Women shine
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Mar 25, 2012 | 1620 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ASHLEY HEALD, left, winner of the 2013 Distinguished Young Women of Cleveland, was the center of attention at the gala scholarship program held at First Baptist Church.
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The 2013 Distinguished Young Women of Cleveland Scholarship Program was described as an amazing event filled with beautiful costumes, exciting acrobats, colorful performers and graced with several of the community’s exceptional young ladies and young men.

The event itself will go down in history as one of the most exciting scholarship programs of all time.

The scholarship program held at First Baptist Church on March 16 showcased the accomplishments and talents of 19 outstanding young ladies from area high schools.

At the conclusion of this incredible evening, Ashley Heald was named the 2013 Distinguished Young Woman of Cleveland. She also received the overall self-expression award as well as honorable mentions in interview, talent and scholastics.

Allyson Kimball was named first runner-up and received the overall awards for interview and fitness. Molly McConnell was named second runner up and received the overall talent award as well as an honorable mention in self-expression. McConnell also won the Spirit of Distinguished Young Women award (voted on by the contestants).

Heald will go on to compete in the 2013 Distinguished Young Women of Tennessee program to be held at Bradley Central High School’s Performing Arts Center in July.

Other program awards went to Meeri Shin, overall scholastics; Samantha Powell, honorable mention Spirit of Distinguished Young Women; Carly Morris, photographer’s choice and creative writing; and Riley Kralik, community service. Trevor O’Neill received the Colby Stansberry memorial escort scholarship.

Local radio personality Bridget Baggett Forrester served as mistress of ceremonies and David Goodwill served as master of ceremonies.

Additional entertainment was provided by Ariana Kim, 2012 Distinguished Young Woman of Cleveland; the Southern Adventist University Gym Masters; Whitney Caylor, Bella White, Madeline Free, and Olivia Calfee; and the very entertaining escorts who performed twice during the program.

The Distinguished Young Women of Cleveland Committee, which is comprised of community volunteers, thanks the families of these incredible young ladies and young men as well as the many individuals and businesses who helped to support this year’s program with scholarship money, time and other valuable services..

Scholarships for the program were provided by Crump and Richardson PLLC; Kay Free and Chris Free; Henderson, Hutcherson and McCullough PLLC; Dr. Brian and Kim Mitchell, Evan and Lydia; iServe Residential Lending; Don Ledford Auto Park, Athens; and Tennessee Valley Urology.

Studio D provided photography services and Perry’s Petals served as the official florist.

A special thank you was given to First Baptist Church of Cleveland for allowing the program to be held in its facility and for the staff and crew who helped create a memorable evening for all involved.