Leah Humble is DYW winner Young Woman

Cleveland’s Jasmine Ngo is 1st alternate; Karis Mitchell named second alternate

By BRIAN GRAVES Staff Writer
Posted 7/22/17

Twenty-six young women from across the state came to Cleveland for the week, and one of them is leaving as the 2018 Distinguished Young Women of Tennessee.

Leah Humble of Sevier County was …

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Leah Humble is DYW winner Young Woman

Cleveland’s Jasmine Ngo is 1st alternate; Karis Mitchell named second alternate

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Twenty-six young women from across the state came to Cleveland for the week, and one of them is leaving as the 2018 Distinguished Young Women of Tennessee.

Leah Humble of Sevier County was named 2018 Tennessee Distinguished Young Woman after the final night of competition had been completed Saturday night at Lee University’s Dixon Center.

The Seymour High School senior plans to attend the University of Alabama with the career goal of cultural analysis.

Her talent for the week was a tap dance routine set to the classic Jerry Lee Lewis song, “Great Balls of Fire.”

“I don’t know how it feels yet. I’m on cloud nine and speechless,” Humble said shortly after being congratulated by her fellow participants, family and friends.

“I am so thankful to all the people here, because it obviously wasn’t just me. I have so many who came to support me and all 25 of the other contestants are truly some of the most amazing people I have ever met.”

She called the experience of the past week “very humbling.”

“These girls are so amazing. We were honestly OK with whomever got it,” Humble said. “We all knew that anyone would be deserving and we were just picking one representative to represent all of the Distinguished Young Women of Tennessee.”

Humble also walked away with awards for talent, self-expression, fitness, interview and scholastic.

Cleveland’s Jasmine Ngo was named 1st Alternate in the competition.

Ngo also received awards for talent and interview.

Karis Mitchell of McMinn County and a student at Walker Valley High School was named the 2nd Alternate.

Mitchell also received awards for fitness, talent, and interview.

For the first time, Lee University, which has hosted the program for the last eight years, provided the scholarships which were awarded by the state organization.

The scholarships totaled more than $500,000.

The following DYW conestants received awards in these catagories:

FITNESS

Karis Mitchell, McMinn County; Charlotte Smith, Tullahoma; Peyton King, Music City; Leah Humble, Sevier County

SELF-EXPRESSION

Mia Rodriguez, Sumner County; Zhariah Walker, Germantown; Leah Humble, Sevier County; Rose Albert, Hamilton County

TALENT

Jasmine Ngo, Cleveland; Leah Humble, Sevier County; Peyton King, Music City; Karis Mitchell, McMinn County

INTERVIEW

Rose Albert, Hamilton County; Karis Mitchell, McMinn County; Jasmine Ngo, Cleveland; Leah Humble, Sevier County

SCHOLASTIC

Leah Humble, Sevier County; Rose Albert, Hamilton County; Ella Turner, Loudon County; Mia Rodriguez, Sumner County

SPIRIT AWARD

Lyrikal Jenkins, East Memphis

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