Laura Katherine Evans, a student at Bradley Central High School, became the Distinguished Young Woman of Cleveland over the weekend.
Evans will advance to the Distinguished Young Women of Tennessee program to be held at Lee University's Dixon 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 2014. Evans is the daughter of Susan and James Evans. She plans to attend the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and pursue a career in trauma or general surgery. Her violin performance of “Polish Dance” was well received.
Nearly $5,000 in scholarships was awarded to local girls Saturday night. Almost $2.5 million in cash scholarships were awarded by the programs last year to young women across the nation.
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 while promoting 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 help to create bright and successful leaders for the future.
The complete story will be in Sunday’s Lifestyle section.