Camilla Tutt, Marengo County’s Distinguished Young Woman of 2017, is representing Marengo County at the state level Jan. 20-21 in Montgomery.
Tutt was named Marengo County DYW on Sept. 24. In that event, she received a $700 Overall Winner Scholarship, $100 Talent Winner Scholarship, and a $100 Self-Expression Award Scholarship for her on-stage question response.
Others participating in the Marengo County DYW event included Lauren Boone, who received a $400 First Alternate Award, $100 Fitness Award, and a $200 Scholastic Award, Ellen Dunklin, and Mary Frances Brown, who received a $100 award.
Distinguished Young Women (previously Junior Miss) is a unique program that combines the chance to win college scholarships with a program that offers life skills training to prepare young women for the world after high school. Each year the program awards over $1.1 billion dollars in scholarships. The program takes place in all 50 states and Washington DC. Young women participate in either their junior or senior year of high school.
Each Distinguished Young Woman program evaluates participants in the following categories: Scholastics (25%), Interview (25%), Talent (20%), Fitness (15%), and Self-Expression (15%). Local program winners in states advance to the state level. All state winners participate in the National Finals which is held in Mobile, Alabama in June after high school graduation. Through DYW workshops and online resources, participants learn skills like interviewing, public speaking, self-confidence, and much more. These skills not only prepare everyone for this program but also for the world after high school and college.