‘Dream girls’: ‘Be Your Best Self’ is heart of outreach 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 March 5 at First Baptist Church. Theme of the program is “Dream Girls.”

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 and The Orange Blossom through Friday.

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

Bridget Baggett Forrester will serve as the mistress of ceremonies and special entertainment will be provided by the reigning Cleveland Junior Miss, Devon Vaughn, as well as David Goodwill and 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 help to 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 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 2012.

The 19 young ladies in the local program are:

— Ariana Sabre Kim, a student at Cleveland High School. She is the daughter of Ramona and Kile Kim. She plans to attend either Vanderbilt or Lee University and pursue a career in journalism and English education. Her talent will be a piano performance — “Butterflies and Hurricanes” by Matthew Bellamy.

— Kadesha Lesha Jones, a student at Cleveland High School. She is the daughter of Robin Johnson. She plans to attend Berkley College and pursue a career as a singer, writer and filmmaker. Her talent will be a poetry reading — “The Happiness” by Kida Saint Sixx.

— Isabella Tolentino White, the daughter of Patricia and Gregory White. She is a student at Cleveland High School and plans to attend either Vanderbilt, Duke or Emory University and pursue a career in medicine. Her talent will be a lyrical ballet on pointe — “Beautiful” by Bethany Dillon.

— Hannah Marie Kalb, the daughter of Joann and Jeff Kalb. She is a student at Cleveland High School and plans to attend either the University of North Carolina, Liberty or Lee University and pursue a career in law or Spanish. Her talent is a piano performance — “The Great Smoky Mountains” by David Carr Glover.

— Haley Bishop, the daughter of Marilyn and Jeremy Bishop, is a student at Bradley Central High School. She plans to attend Lee University and pursue a career in education. Her talent is a drama performance — Soliliquy form “Romeo and Juliet.”

— Elizabeth Ann Coyle, the daughter of Mary and Brian Coyle, is a student at Cleveland High School. She plans to attend the University of Stuebenville and is undecided about her major. Her talent will be a violin performance — “Csardas” by V. Monti.

— Aimee Marie Murray, the daughter of Cathy and David Murray, is a student at Cleveland High School and plans to attend Emory University or the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and pursue a career in physical therapy and health care administration. Her talent is a dance performance — “Cheer Mix” by Pride Athletics.

— Darby Ann Keith, the daughter of Tracy and Alan Keith, is a student at Walker Valley High School and plans to attend the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and pursue a career in business management or be a physician’s assistant. Her talent is a tap dance performance — “Singing in the Rain” by Gene Kelly.

— Kaylie Brooke McIllwain, the daughter of Lisa and Billy Davis, is a student at Bradley Central High School and plans to attend Cleveland State Community College and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and pursue a career in nursing. Her talent is a vocal performance — “Lead Me to the Cross” by Francesca Battistelli.

— Sydney Terrell Kibble, the daughter of Kimberly and Kenneth Kibble, is a student at Walker Valley High School and plans to attend the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and pursue a career in physical therapy. He talent is lyrical ballet performance — “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls.

— Jami Erin Gibson, the daughter of Mary Beth and Jim Bigson, is a student at Walker Valley High School and plans to attend Cleveland State Community College and culinary school with plans to own a bakery. Her talent is a piano performance — “Lotus Land” by Cyril Scott.

— Briana KaShay Cooper — the daughter of Yolanda Achukwu and Allen Cooper, is a student at Cleveland High School and plans to attend the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and pursue a career in pediatric medicine. Her talent will be a piano performance — “Charlie Brown Theme Song” by Vince Guaraldi.

— Brittany Nicole Ballew, the daughter of Debra and Barry Ballew, is a student at Bradley Central High School and plans to attend East Tennessee State University and pursue a degree in English. Her talent is a vocal performance — “Redeemer” by Nicole C. Mullen.

— Summer Lynn Collins, the daughter of Deborah and Kevin Collins, is a student at Cleveland High School and plans to attend Duke University and become an orthodontist. Her talent will be a jazz dance performance — “At Last” by Etta James.

— Kayla Gash, the daughter of Michelle Bowerman and Petero Gash, is a student at Cleveland High School and plans to attend Carson-Newman College and pursue a career in special education. Her talent is a dance performance — “Beat It” by Michael Jackson.

— Abigail Elena Boltniew, the daughter of Karen and Victor Boltniew, is a student at Bradley Central High School and plans to attend Lee University and pursue a degree in education. Her talent will be a vocal and instrumental piano performance — “Fall for You” by Secondhand Serenade.

— Abbie Marie Hicks, the daughter of Tawnya and Scott Hicks, is a student at Walker Valley High School and plans to attend Lee University or the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and pursue a career as a physician’s assistant. Her talent will be a vocal performance — “Beautiful, Beautiful” by Francesca Battistelli.

— Amanda Kate Bryant, the daughter of Cynthia and Harold Bryant, is a student at Walker Valley High School and plans to attend the University of Alabama and pursue a career as a pediatrician. Her talent will be a ballet on pointe — “Listen” by Beyonce Knowles.

— Andi Rhiannon Penner, the daughter of Brandy Penner and Brian Doris, is a student at Bradley Central High School and plans to attend Virginia Military Institute, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville or Bloomfield University and pursue a degree in criminal justice and chemistry. Her talent will be a vocal performance — “Give Us Hope” by Jim Papoulis.

Escorts from Cleveland High school will be Caleb Hiddleson, the son of Vic and Gayle Hiddleson; Robert Parr, the son of Lee and Bonita Parr; Jake Moats, the son of Charlie and Michelle Moats; and Fernando Ramirez, the son of David and Fernanda Ramirez.

From Walker Valley High School, escorts will be: Austin Melton, the son of James and Angela Wooden; Bryson Riggs, the son of Tim and Sherri Riggs; and Brody Hambright, the son of Arnold and Lisa Hambright.

Bradley Central High School escorts include Zach Morrison, the son of Kevin and Sharon Morrison and Caleb Wilson, the son of Dewayne and Julie Wilson.

The local program is now sponsored by a committee of local men and women who wanted to make sure of the continued success of the program and is headed by Mrs. Glenda Free as the chairman. Nearly $5,000 in scholarships will be awarded to our local girls next Saturday night.

Almost $2.5 million in cash scholarships were awarded by the programs last year to young women across the nations. 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 to 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.