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March 2011    

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New Scholarship Offered through National Be Your Best Self Week

Distinguished Young Women participants at all levels are eligible for the newly created Distinguished Outreach Award 

National Be Your Best Self Week is set for April 25-29

To ramp up excitement for this year's National Be Your Best Self Week and to involve program participants at all levels, National Headquarters has created the Distinguished Outreach Award. Competition for the $500 scholarship is open to any 2011 Program Year participant (graduating class of 2011, excluding state winners) who makes a presentation during National Be Your Best Self Week and submits the required materials for evaluation. 


We invite all State and Local Program Chairs to share this exciting new scholarship opportunity with their 2011 participants and encourage them to take part in National Be Your Best Self Week. Together, Distinguished Young Women participants can positively affect the lives of young people nation wide with the inspiring message of the Be Your Best Self Program. 


Click here for more information on the Be Your Best Self Program, National Be Your Best Self Week or the Distinguished Outreach Award.


Find us on Facebook Make sure to select "I'm Attending" on the Facebook Event Page for National Be Your Best Self Week to show your support for the official outreach program of Distinguished Young Women.

7th on the Hill & Rock the Runway draw big crowds and big dollars for Distinguished Young Women 

 7th on the Hill benefiting Distinguished Young Women

After many months of hard work and planning, 7th on the Hill & Rock the Runway wrapped up last night after a successful and entertaining day of fashion, friends and shopping. The 3rd annual fashion extravaganza drew record crowds to the University of South Alabama Mitchell Center, a new venue for this year's event.


A special thank you goes to Joy Grodnick, Distinguished Young Women Board Member and 7th on the Hill Chairperson, and also to Leigh Faircloth, chairperson for Rock the Runway. 7th on the Hill and Rock the Runway  were possible onlBacot Logoy because of tIP Logoheir dedicated effort and leadership. Hayley Hill, Mobile's own fashion maven, did an excellent job of producing and directing both shows. Also, thank you to IP Casino Resort & Spa and the Bacot/McCarty Foundation for providing a $50,000 sponsorship toward the  event.


Be on the lookout for a full recap of 7th on the Hill & Rock the Runway in the April newsletter. 


Have you ordered your copy of Full Bloom?


The recently released compilation of essays provides an inspiring take on success from the viewpoint of past Junior Miss and Distinguished Young Women participants

Full Bloom

"What is success? And how do I cultivate it?" are two questions asked by nearly every young woman today. In this timely collection of essays, 27 highly accomplished women, from doctors to business owners to stay-at-home moms, speak candidly about success and how to get there.

All past participants of Distinguished Young Women, formerly America's Junior Miss, these amazing women offer a variety of perspectives on what success means and how they have achieved it. They have dreamed big, failed often, and continually learned from their experiences every  step of the way.

So whether you need a pep talk, some perspective about living a happy life, or savvy practical advice on how to get good grades, this book has something for you.

Available directly from the publisher until July, the proceeds from the sale of Full Bloom will go directly to benefit Distinguished Young Women programs at all levels. With graduation right around the corner, make sure to stock up on this must-have gift for all of the young women in your life.

For more information and to order your copy of Full Bloom, please visit http://www.distinguishedyw.org/about/full_bloom/.
CALLING ALL PAST PARTICIPANTS:  Join the Alumnae Council of Distinguished Young Womenmobile reunion


What is the Alumnae Council?

The Alumnae Council of Distinguished Young Women is a sisterhood of women who have participated in our program at any level. It is a wonderful way to stay connected, develop a network of contacts, and give back to the organization that has touched so many lives. The Alumnae Council proudly sponsors the scholarships for the Be Your Best Self Awards and the Spirit Award at National Finals, helps struggling state programs by providing operational or scholarship funds, and provides services to benefit the personal and professional development of the Alumnae Council members.


What is the Cost?

Your dues are minimal:

  • $20 for students, participation year 2007-2010
  • $30 for participation years 1958-2006

Joining the Council is as easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Visit www.distinguishedyw.org/login 
  2. Enter your Username (email address) and Password. If you do not remember your Password, click HERE.
  3. Once logged in, click on "My Profile" and then "Council Membership" from the tabs on the right hand side of the page. 

For more information on the Alumnae Council of Distinguished Young Women, visit www.distinguishedyw.org/about/alumnae/ or contact Stephanie@DistinguishedYW.org 

Young Professionals join to support Distinguished Young Women  


The Distinguished Alliance serve as ambassadors in the community, promoting the mission and values of the organization, while networking and gaining board experience 


We created the Distinguished Alliance as a way to involve new and fresh faces in support of Distinguished Young Women. This group of dedicated young professionals from the Mobile/Baldwin area provide volunteer support, plan fundraising events, and network with one another throughout the year. The group has grown over the past three years and currently holds 26 members on its roster. For more information on the Distinguished Alliance, contact Emily Ann Tatum at (251) 438-3621 or EmilyAnn@DistinguishedYW.org


Alliance 2011
Back Row, Left to Right: Ashley Mott, Haley Hopper, Trey Harrell, Rebekah Warren, Michael Tremba, Kristin Coker, Allison Hart, Tracie Ray, Suzanne Howard, Emily Ann Tatum; Front row, Left to right: Denson White, Melanie Busby, Mary Walker, Tara Henley, Becky Jones, Austin Bradford
A Message from the Executive Director 
Becky Jo Peterson, ED
Becky Jo Peterson, Executive Director

Spring is here!  The azaleas are blooming, the air is warm and soft, and work on national finals is underway.  It's my favorite time of year! It was my pleasure to travel to Utah's state program earlier this month.  Julie Harris and Kelli Rhodes do a wonderful job and the participants had a great experience.  Our national board is working on our next strategic plan, incorporating all the information we learned from the rebranding process, and focusing on how we can make all of our state programs stronger.  We have a renewed effort to find and engage our alumnae, and we are almost ready to launch the new web site.  Thank you to all the state chairpersons and their committees who have already completed their state programs and best of luck to the few we have left.  We are looking forward to meeting all 50 of the national finalists on June 12 in Mobile!

Distinguished Young Women - Class of 2011

As of today, 46 young women have been selected to represent their state and compete for their share of valuable cash scholarships at the 54th Annual Distinguished Young Women National Finals this June. Click here to check out the latest additions to the Class of 2011.

Distinguished Young Women T-Shirts
Merchandise &
AJM Clearance Sale

We have a few extra Disinguished Young Women t-shirts, "Junior Misses are Distinguished Young Women" t-shirts and AJM Clearance Items.




to order your items today!  Quantities and sizes are limited.

Get Connected



Whether you are able to contribute financially, provide in-kind services or help us secure a new sponsor, we appreciate your efforts to support Distinguished Young Women. Click here for more info or contact Emily Ann Tatum, Development Director, at EmilyAnn@DistinguishedYW.org 


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Upcoming Events

  • National Be Your Best Self Week, April 25-29, 2011 - CLICK HERE for more info.
  • 54th Annual Distinguished Young Women National Finals, June 23, 24 & 25, 2011. More information coming soon!


We need volunteers to help with programs in New Mexico, North Dakota, and Illinois. If you or someone you know can help, please contact Nicole Nevill at Nicole@DistinguishedYW.org.