McDougald named Crenshaw County Distinguished Young Woman

Published 4:35 pm Wednesday, August 7, 2019

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Madison McDougald was recently named Crenshaw County Distinguished Young Woman at the At Large Program held in Montgomery, Al on July 20, 2019.

She will join many other high school senior girls from across Alabama in Montgomery again for the Distinguished Young Women of Alabama program.

The girls will arrive in Montgomery and will stay with Host Families around the Montgomery River Region. They will visit various groups and community venues all while preparing for the program. Participants will compete for $41,000 in cash scholarships, over $2 million in college granted scholarships, and the opportunity to represent the state as the Distinguished Young Woman of Alabama.

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The young women competing will be evaluated by a panel of five judges in the following categories: Scholastics (25%), Interview (25%), Fitness (15%), Self-Expression (15%), and Talent (20%).

The participant selected as the Distinguished Young Woman of Alabama will advance to the National level at the 62nd Distinguished Young Women National Finals in Mobile, Alabama in June of 2020, where she will join with 49 other state representatives in competing for cash scholarships and the opportunity to represent the program as the Distinguished Young Woman of America.

Founded in 1958 in Mobile, Alabama, Distinguished Young Women is the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls.

During its 57 years of operation, the program has provided life-changing experiences for more than 730,000 young women. Last year, Distinguished Young Women provided more than $367 million in cash and college scholarship opportunities to program participants at the local, state, and national level. Previously known as America’s Junior Miss, the program announced its new name in June 2010.

The mission of Distinguished Young Women is to positively impact the lives of young women by providing a transformative experience that promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership, and talent. Although a resident of Luverne, Madison is currently a student of Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham where she is pursuing her passion for theatre.

She attends regular academic classes and then continues her day with specialty classes related to her chosen department. Her parents are Mike and Melissa McDougald of Luverne. Madison is excited about the opportunity that lies ahead and is honored to represent her home county in this very special event.