Stan­ley named Dis­tin­guished Young Woman of Charles County 2017

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Madison Clare Stan­ley, a ju­nior at North Point High School, was named Dis­tin­guished Young Woman of Charles County 2017, Feb. 20 at the pro­gram hosted by the Greater Wal­dorf Jaycees, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease. The Dis­tin­guished Young Women of Charles County Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram is a pre­lim­i­nary of Dis­tin­guished Young Women of Amer­ica (DYW), a na­tional pro­gram. Par­tic­i­pants com­pete for schol­ar­ships to the col­lege of their choice. Con­tes­tants are judged in five cat­e­gories: in­ter­view, tal­ent, scholas­tics, self ex­pres­sion and fit­ness.

Stan­ley is in the culi­nary arts pro­gram at North Point, is a mem­ber of the Na­tional Honor So­ci­ety, the Mu­sic Honor So­ci­ety, the Na­tional Tech­ni­cal Honor So­ci­ety and is class pres­i­dent. She is in­volved in many high school ac­tiv­i­ties and vol­un­teers in her com­mu­nity. Upon grad­u­at­ing from high school, Stan­ley plans to at­tend the Univer­sity of Michi­gan to study medicine.

Francesca Danielle Rothell, a ju­nior at Lackey High School, won the scholas­tics and phys­i­cal fit­ness cat­e­gories of the pro­gram. Kayla Shea Jurew, a ju­nior at St. Mary’s Ryken High School, claimed the tal­ent award while Tarin Ri­ley, a home schooled stu­dent, re­ceived the spirit award.

Stan­ley will ad­vance to the state pro­gram July 9 to com­pete in the Dis­tin­guished Young Woman of Mary­land pro­gram. The state win­ner will then travel to Alabama and com­pete in the DYW Na­tional Fi­nal for a share of more than $125,000 in schol­ar­ships.

Dis­tin­guished Young Women, for­merly Amer­ica’s Ju­nior Miss, was founded in 1958 and is head­quar­tered in Mo­bile, Ala. More than 700,000 young women from across the na­tion have par­tic­i­pated in Ju­nior Miss pro­grams at the lo­cal, state, and na­tional lev­els. In ad­di­tion to cash schol­ar­ships, Ju­nior Miss par­tic­i­pants are eli­gi­ble for col­lege-granted schol­ar­ships from nearly 100 col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties. Last year, Dis­tin­guished Young Women pro­vided more than $1.1 bil­lion in cash and col­lege schol­ar­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties.

In ad­di­tion to pro­vid­ing schol­ar­ships, DYW chal­lenges each par­tic­i­pant to share its na­tional out­reach pro­gram, Be Your Best Self (BYBS), with young peo­ple across the na­tion. Through BYBS, DYW en­cour­age self es­teem and ex­cel­lence in all young peo­ple through the pro­gram’s five prin­ci­ples: health, in­volve­ment, aca­demics, am­bi­tion and re­spon­si­bil­ity.

The 2017 Dis­tin­guished Young Women of Mary­land Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram will be July 9 at the Scott Theater at Car­roll County Com­mu­nity Col­lege in West­min­ster. For more in­for­ma­tion about the pro­gram, go to www.dis­tin­guishedyw.org.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Tarin Ri­ley (left), spirit award win­ner; Kayla Jurew, tal­ent win­ner; Madison Stan­ley, Dis­tin­guished Young Woman of Charles County 2017 and in­ter­view win­ner; Francesca Rothell, scholas­tic and phys­i­cal fit­ness win­ner; and Cheyenne Scott, Dis­tin­guished Young Woman of Charles County 2016, smile at the end of the Dis­tin­guished Young Woman of Charles County 2017 com­pe­ti­tion in Fe­bru­ary.

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