The Distinguished Young Women program awards college scholarships to juniors in high school based on areas of scholastics, interview, talent, self-expression and physical fitness.
Forrest County Contestants
The Distinguished Young Women of Forrest County Program will present four local teens as they compete to hold the title of Distinguished Young Woman of Forrest County 2019. Scholarship sponsors for this year’s Distinguished Young Woman of Forrest County include Mississippi Power, Forrest General Hospital, Coca Cola Bottling Company, HMP Nursing and Hattiesburg Orthodontics.
Chloe Bell is the daughter of Lee and Ricky Bell. She attends Presbyterian Christian High School where she is a member of the Senior Beta and also serves as class secretary and captain of the Dance Team. Chloe is active in her community as an FGH Spirit Girl and volunteers in local and foreign missionary activities. For her talent, she will be singing “O Mio Babbino Caro” by Puccini. After high school, she plans on pursuing a career in nursing after attending Mississippi College.
Cameron Hatten is the daughter of Rebecca and Jason Hatten. She attends Forrest County Agricultural High School where she is active in the National Honor Society, Beta Club and Spanish Club. Cameron also serves as a cheerleader. For her talent, Cameron will perform a monologue entitled “I Stand.” After graduation she plans on attending the University of Mississippi to pursue a career as a neonatal nurse.
Juliana Moore is the daughter of Sabrina and Josh Moore. She is a junior at Forrest County Agricultural High School where she is on the varsity dance team as well as Beta Club and Spanish Club. Juliana is an FGH Spirit Girl and is active with ARC as a volunteer dance teacher. For her talent, Juliana will perform a lyrical ballet to Sam Smith’s “Stay with Me.” She plans on attending the University of Mississippi to become a pediatrician.
Brooke Patterson is the daughter of Eileen and Buddy Patterson and attends North Forrest High School where she is active with the student council, varsity cheer, show choir and dance team. Brooke also participates in the Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council and Abbie Rogers Civitan Camp. For her talent, Brooke will perform “Popular” from the Broadway musical, Wicked.
Lamar County Contestants
The Distinguished Young Women of Lamar County program will present eight local teens as they compete for the title of Distinguished Young Woman of Lamar County. Scholarship sponsors for the Distinguished Young Women of Lamar County program include Forrest General Hospital, Women’s Pavilion – Drs. Joseph and Elizabeth Washburne, Havard Pest Control – Paul McMurray, Hattiesburg GI Associates, and Wesley Merit Health.
Riley Barber is the daughter of Hagan and Christopher Barber and attends Oak Grove High School where she is in Center Stage Show Choir, Beta Club and Junior Civitan. Riley volunteers in her community with Arc and her church. In the future, Riley plans on becoming an Air Force nurse after she attends Mississippi State University. For her talent, she will be singing and playing “Landslide” on the guitar.
Marlana Bullock is the daughter of Mary and Johnny Bullock and attends Oak Grove High School where she is a member of the French National Society and is active with theater and choir. Marlana enjoys volunteering in her community with her church and Pine Belt Animal Shelter. She plans on attending William Carey University to pursue a career in theatre. Marlena will perform a monologue entitled “Almost 16” for her talent.
Ariana Craft is the daughter of Jennifer and Kevin Craft and is a junior at Oak Grove High School where she is active in the Center Stage Show Choir and Beta Club. She also enjoys painting and drawing. After graduation she plans on attending The University of Mississippi to pursue a career in psychiatry. For her talent, Ariana will play “Despair” by Takanashi Yasuharu on the piano.
Hermine Granberry is the daughter of William and Hermine Granberry and attends Oak Grove High School. She is on the cross-country team, Student Council, Jr. Civitan Club as well as Hattiesburg’s Junior Auxiliary Crown Club. She would like to pursue a career in integrated marketing communications and attend The University of Mississippi. Hermine will perform a vocal performance to “Watch Me Soar” by Scott Alan for her talent.
Anna-Claire Hocutt is the daughter Nancy and Brian Hocutt and attends Purvis High School. She is a member of the dance team at PHS as well as student council and Beta Club, and Anna-Claire volunteers with Edward Street Mission. After graduation Anna-Claire will attend the University of Southern Mississippi to pursue a career as a cardiologist. For her talent she will sing and play “Firework” on the piano.
Maggie Grace Morgan is the daughter of Sherry Morgan and the late Mitchell Leland Morgan, and she attends Presbyterian Christian High School. She is active in FBLA, vice president of Spanish Honor Society and serves as co-captain of the dance team. In her community, she serves as FGH Spirit Girl and attends mission trips with her church. Maggie Grace plans on attending The University of Mississippi to pursue a career in business communications. For her talent, she will perform a self-written oration on role models.
Emmie Perkins is the daughter of Lori David Perkins and attends Oak Grove High School where she active in the drama program, National Honor Society, Jr. Civitan Club and Spanish Club. She is a member of Hattiesburg Junior Auxiliary Crown Club and has won numerous awards in acting and vocal performance. Emmie would like to double major in vocal performance and pre-med sciences while attending Vanderbilt University. For her talent, she will perform a vocal and piano piece entitled “Rise Up” by Andra Day.
Kathryn Thaggard is the daughter of Leah and Charles Thaggard and attends Oak Grove High School where she is in the OGHS Theatre, International Thespian Society and works on the Oak Grove Warrior Beat newspaper. She has been on the All A Honor Roll and was named All Star cast at Junior Theatre Festival. Kathryn enjoys volunteering at her church as well as teaching water safety and survival skills. For her talent, Kathryn will sing “That Would Be Enough” from the smash Broadway hit Hamilton.
The winner of both the Forrest County and Lamar County programs will go on to compete in the Distinguished Young Women of Mississippi program, which will be held in Meridian July 2018.
Distinguished Young Women of America, formerly America’s Junior Miss Scholarship Program, is sponsored by the City of Mobile, Mobile County, Eastern Shore Toyota, Encore Rehabilitation, SPANX, Mobile Gas–A Sempra Company, Regions Bank, Alabama Power Foundation, and Master Boat Builders. For more information about Distinguished Young Women, visit www.DistinguishedYW.org.