Two teenagers from the Golden Triangle will be among those Mississippi high school seniors competing when the 2022 Distinguished Young Women of Mississippi Program gets under way Thursday in Meridian.
Maggie Birks, of Lowndes County, and Emmy Moyen, of Starkville, will compete against 27 other women for more than $28,900 in college scholarships
The program is in its 65th year and celebrates and spotlights the outstanding achievements of the state’s best and brightest high school girls. The three nights of competition at The Evangel Temple concludes on Saturday.
Curtains open 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday; 8 p.m. Saturday.
Birks, the daughter of Peter and Denielle Birks of Columbus, attends New Hope High School. She plans to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology to pursue a career as an analytical physical chemist.
Moyen, the daughter of Eric and Missy Moyen of Starkville, attends Starkville Academy. She plans to attend Belmont University to pursue a degree in either music business or music performance.
During the week-long program in Meridian, contestants are evaluated on scholastic achievement, fitness, self-expression, talent and interview. Birks has chosen a Contemporary/Acro Dance presentation of “Hold Your Breath” for her talent. Moyen will be singing “Be a Light” by Thomas Rhett while playing the guitar.
Reserved tickets for the 2022 Distinguished Young Women Program are available for $60 for a three-night package. General admission tickets are available for $45 for a three-night package, or may be purchased for individual evenings: $15, Thursday; $15, Friday; and $20, Saturday. Tickets may be obtained by calling 601-480-3438.
Founded in 1958, Distinguished Young Women is a free program that encourages participants to reach their full individual potential. Its mission is to empower young women by providing over $1 billion in scholarship opportunities, developing their self-confidence and participating in the program’s Life Skills Workshops that prepare them for success after high school.