Seven vie for title of 2020 Distinguished Young Woman of Cleveland

Posted 3/21/19

The 2020 Distinguished Young Women of Cleveland Scholarship program will feature seven contestants on Saturday, March 30.

The program will get underway at 6 p.m. at Cleveland State Community College’s George R. Johnson Cultural Center.

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Seven vie for title of 2020 Distinguished Young Woman of Cleveland

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The 2020 Distinguished Young Women of Cleveland Scholarship program will feature seven contestants on Saturday, March 30.
The program will get underway at 6 p.m. at Cleveland State Community College’s George R. Johnson Cultural Center.

Distinguished Young Women is a scholarship competition for high school girls which occurs on the local, state and national levels. Girls advance based on how they do in the following categories: Scholastics (25 percent), Interview (25 percent), Talent (20 percent), Fitness (15 percent), and Self-Expression (15 percent).
The 2019 Cleveland Distinguished Young Woman was Elena Burton, who competed in July 2018 for the state DYW title and scholarships. She received accolades for her talent presentation at the state contest. The Cleveland High School student is the daughter of Joe and Cathy Burton.

The seven high school students competing for the scholarships and DYW of Cleveland medallion are:

1. Britney Lynn Lee, the daughter of Michael and Cheryl Lee, plans to attend Lee University and pursue a degree in music. She is a junior at Bradley Central High School. Her career choice is to serve as a music teacher. Her hobbies include scrapbooking and piano.
Her talent for the program will be a vocal of “Even If” by Mercy Me.

2. Jaelyn Shantel Blackwell, who is a student at Cleveland High School, is looking at Lee University, University of Tennessee and Auburn as possible colleges to seek her degree in nursing. She would like to be a surgical nurse.

For her talent, she will be performing a lyrical dance — “Rise Up”

3. Kamryn Piece Woody, a student at BCHS, is the daughter of Angie Bramlett and Jimmy Woody. She plans to attend University of Tennessee to major in education. She would like to teach kindergarten or high school math.

For her talent presentation, Kamryn will be performing a contemporary/acro genre dance to the music of “Together.”

4. Anna Elizabeth Thompson, who is home-schooled, is the daughter of Michelle and Thomas Thompson. She has as yet to decide on her career path.

For the talent presentation, Anna will be singing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”
5. Elizabeth “Ellie” Dawn Waters, a student at BCHS,  is the daughter of David and Elisha Waters. She plans to study nursing at Lee University. Her goal is to be a neonatal nurse.

For her talent presentation, Ellie will be doing a lyrical dance to Carrie Underwood’s “Something in the Water.”

6. Kira Lynn Stander, who attends CHS, is the daughter of Cheryl Stander. She plans to pursue a major in English at the University of Tennessee. Her goal is to become an English professor.

For her talent, Kira will be performing a lyrical dance to Christina Aguilera’s “The Voice Within.”

7. Crisemely Cedeno Apolinario, a student at CHS, is the daughter of Evelyn Cooper and Manuel Cedeno. Crisemely plans to attend the University of Tennessee. She wants to pursue a career as in pediatric medicine or cardiothoracic surgery.

For her talent, she will present a spoken word with instrumental background.

Tickets for the program are available at Perry's Petals for $20. Tickets at the door will be $25.

The doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

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