Stanley named Distinguished Young Woman of Charles County 2017
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.
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.