Twelve high school senior girls from the Tidewater area recently represented their hometowns in the Tidewater Distinguished Young Women Scholarship Program. Each participant competed in five categories including talent, fitness, self-expression, interview, and scholastics. Those who qualified at the local level will compete in the state program where they can win a variety of additional scholarships. The Distinguished Young Women Scholarship Program is a national program based out of Mobile, Alabama, which inspires high school senior girls to develop their full individual potential through a fun, transformative experience that culminates in a celebratory showcase of their accomplishments. This program encourages continued education and provides college scholarships. It is designed to help young women develop self-confidence and the ability to interview effectively, to speak in public, to perform on stage, and to build interpersonal relationships. The Distinguished Young Women Program also encourages excellence in academic achievement, physical fitness, on-stage performance skills, and the ability to think and communicate clearly.
Elizabeth Mothershead, pictured in the center, and the daughter of Jerry and Patricia Mothershead of Williamsburg, won the talent award and was named one of the top three in the local program. Elizabeth will compete in the state program in March in Lynchburg where she will sing an opera presentation entitled ART IS CALLING FOR ME by Victor Herbert for her talent.
Megan Peterson, pictured on the right, and the daughter of David and Christine Peterson of Poquoson, won the fitness and self-expression awards and was also one of the top three in the local program. Megan will play a piano solo entitled Let It Go from the Disney movie FROZEN for her talent.