Special to the Journal
Distinguished Young Women of Lee County and Leesburg, formerly Lee County and Leesburg’s Junior Miss Scholarship Program, recently awarded scholarships to high school girls throughout the county. Nearly $5,000 in cash scholarships and over $40,000 in college scholarships were awarded with the local competition.
Amelia Maxfield and Devon Peeples each won $1,000 in cash scholarships and will travel to Atlanta, GA to participate in the 55 th State Finals where they will be eligible for more scholarships. Amelia, the daughter of Phil and Anita Maxfield will represent Leesburg, while Devon Peeples, daughter of Mark and Robyn Peeples, will represent Lee County. Devon is also the younger sister of former Lee County Junior Miss Ashton Peeples.
“This year we were excited that we had 13 very talented and intelligent young women competing for the opportunity to represent our area in the State competition,” said Dotty Davis, director of the program. “We had two excellent representatives last year with Jessica Graber and Perry Wright, and they have set the bar very high for our two new representatives.”
Davis was Georgia’s Junior Miss in 1984 and credits the program for her college scholarship. “Had it not been for my participation in the Junior Miss program, I probably would have attended my hometown college and never ventured further than my own backyard.”
Other awards presented were: the Scholastic Achievement Award to Becky Jo Baltenberger, daughter of Dave and Deb Baltenberger; the Physical Fitness Award to Devon Peeples; the Talent, Self-Expression and Spirit of DYW to Amelia Maxfield; and the first runner up to Kaitlyn Walker, daughter of Earl and Kathy Walker.
Founded in 1958 in Mobile, Ala., America’s Junior Miss, now Distinguished Young Women, is the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls. During its 54 years of operation, the program has provided life-changing experiences for more than 700,000 young women. Last year, Distinguished Young Women provided more than $63 million in cash and college scholarships opportunities.
Distinguished Young Women is a scholarship program that inspires high school girls to develop their full, individual potential through a fun, transformative experience that culminates in a celebratory showcase of their accomplishments. National sponsors include the City of Mobile, Mobile County, Encore Rehabilitation, Spanx Foundation, Mobile Gas: a Sempra Co., Alabama Power Foundation, and Regions Bank.
For more information about Lee County and Leesburg’s Distinguished Young Woman programs, contact Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 903-2297.
For more information about Distinguished Young Women, contact Cassidy Grimes at Distinguished Young Women, (251) 622-5335 or Cassidy@DistinguishedYW.org or visit the Distinguished Young Women Web site: www.DistinguishedYW.org.