(proposed) Humphrey named 2020 Tennessee Distinguished Woman

By TIM SINIARD
Posted 7/21/19

Mary Humphrey of McMinnville was named the 2020 Tennessee Distinguished Young Woman during a ceremony Saturday at Lee University’s Dixon Center.Humphrey was one of 19 participants competing for the …

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(proposed) Humphrey named 2020 Tennessee Distinguished Woman

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Mary Humphrey of McMinnville was named the 2020 Tennessee Distinguished Young Woman during a ceremony Saturday at Lee University’s Dixon Center.

Humphrey was one of 19 participants competing for the title, which included a $4,000 college scholarship, as well as the opportunity to compete in the DYW national finals in June 2020.

She succeeds 2019 DYW winner Madison Dochety. The event was hosted by DYW 2011 winner Katye Brock Bodak.

Raven Hellena Guilford of Tullahoma was selected as a first alternate, with Madison Munn of Jasper  second alternate winner.

The 2020 winner swept several categories including self expression, interviewing, scholastics, talent and fitness.

Contestants are evaluated on their performance in five categories: Scholastics (25%), Interview (25%), Talent (20%), Fitness (15%), and Self-Expression (15%).

Presley Webb and Natalie Stovall also placed in the fitness category, with Madelyn Smith and Grace Shockley placing in the talent category. 

Raven Hellena Guilford and Olivia Anderson placed in the self expression category, with McKayla Wall and Angel Kreger placing in interview. 

Grace Schockley was voted by her peers to receive the James A. Dunn Spirit Award.

Distinguished Young Women, which was known as Junior Miss until 2010, is a scholarship program for high school girls. This year marks the program's 62nd year.

Scholastics category is based on factors like their high school grade-point averages and ACT scores. Bodak said the average GPA for the girls is 3.76 with an average ACT score of 24.

This year’s participants were Kimberly Maynard, Chattanooga; Kira Stander, Cleveland; Angel Kreger, Collegedale; Raven Hellena Guilford, Tullahoma; Mackayla Wall, Chattanooga; Natalie Stovall, Huntland; Katelyn Lee, Ooltewah; Grace Shockley, Greenback; Madison Munn, Jasper; Presley Webb, Athens; Kennedy Brown, Memphis; Kendall Davis, Mufreesboro; Sophia Cardia, Ooltewah; Madelyn Smith, Dayton; Alexia Woodard, Chattanooga; Natalie Ault, Memphis; Annabelle Sapp, Soddy Daisy; Olivia Anderson, Tullahoma; and Mary Humphrey, McMinnville.

The national finals will be held June 25, 2020, in Mobile, Ala.


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