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Emily Kelley named county’s 2014 DYW

First alternate Sydney Brunson, DYW Emily Kelley and second alternate Jordan McInnis.

First alternate Sydney Brunson, DYW Emily Kelley and second alternate Jordan McInnis.

Emily Kelley won three categories and was named Covington County’s Distinguished Young Woman for 2014 Saturday night.

The AHS rising senior, danced en pointe to Donna Summers’ “I Will Go With You” to capture the talent category, and also won the fitness and self expression awards.

Sydney Brunson was named first alternate, and Jordan McInnis was second alternate. McInnis also won the interview category.

Other category winners were Ali Jackson, who also won the chancellor’s scholarship to Troy University; and Sneha Bang, who won the spirit award. Katie Lindsey and Sneha Bang tied for the Be Your Best Self award.

Kelley, the daughter of Jim and Mary Frances Kelley, is an Andalusia Ballet Senior Company member, the captain of the AHS majorettes, a City of Andalusia ambassador,

and is a member of the First United Methodist Church youth group, AHS band, Diamond Dolls, the Anchor Club, the Usher Club, and Key Club. She aspires to become a physical therapist.

Brunson, also a rising AHS senior, is the daughter of Art and Alane Brunson and Kim and Kyle Baumgartner. Her talent was a contemporary dance to “Titanium-Bulletproof” by Lakin Thornton. She also is an Andalusia Ballet senior Company member, and a member of Peer Helpers, Diamond Dolls, National Honor Society, and the Spanish Club, and the First United Methodist Church youth group. She plans to pursue a career in graphic art and design.

McInnis, a rising senior at Opp, is the daughter of Tammy and Louie Grimes. Her talent was a vocal presentation of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” by Rodgers and Hammerstein. She is an OHS varsity cheerleader and a member of Beta Club, Mu Alpha Theta, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Pep Club, Diamond Dolls and Spanish Club. She also is a guitarist and vocalist in praise band. She plans to pursue a double major in broadcast journalism and music.

The DYW program awards more than $8,000 in cash tuition scholarships to its winners. More than half of the competition is “behind the scenes” in scholastic achievement and the judges’ interview. Onstage presentations in fitness, self-expression and talent make up the other half of the judging. Scoring is for interview (25 percent), scholastics (20 percent), talent (25 percent), self expression (15 percent) and fitness (15 percent).

The scoring is the same for the state and national competitions. Kelley will represent Covington County at the state event in the winter.