Lindsey Spruiell has had a year she will always remember.
The 2014 St. Clair County Distinguished Young Woman will relinquish her title tonight, when the 2015 St. Clair County DYW will be named at the Springville Middle School Auditorium.
The program begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $10.
Spruiell is the 18-year-old daughter Randy and Kellie Spruiell of Springville. She has one brother, Dustin, 22.
“I had the chance to do so much during this past year,” Spruiell said. “I performed at Moody’s Oktoberfest and Springville’s Homestead Hollow, spoke at Moody Chamber of Commerce meetings and St. Clair County Teachers’
Workshop. I was in several Christmas Parades and had the chance to visit all the high schools in the county to talk to young women about the local DYW program. It was all a lot of fun.”
As her talent, Spruiell tap dances and does lyrical dances.
“I could not believe I won the local DYW,” Spruiell said. “I was so excited and overwhelmed. I remembered how Lacey Gossett (2013 St. Clair
DYW) talked about her experiences. And now I was getting the chance to experience this and how I was going to make new adventures of my own. I had the chance to serve my county and community and be a role model to girls who are younger than me.”
Spruiell said during the past year, she has seen herself as a more independent young lady.
“Participating at the state program helped me grow up,” she said. “It made me mature more. It honestly prepared me for college as I was unable to talk to my parents for 10 days. The DYW program at the local and state level has given me great discipline and great life skills wherever I go.
It has been very rewarding.”
Spruiell wanted to thank the ladies at the local DYW who helped her so much during this past year. Ladies like Kathy Soltis, Debbie Gossett, Kathy Ronderos, Melissa Adkins, Carol Hornsby and Laura Armstrong.
“They are amazing ladies,” Spruiell said. “They invested so much time in me, and for that, I am so grateful. I am blessed to live in St. Clair County.”
Spruiell just graduated from Springville High School with a 4.1 GPA. She plans on attending Auburn University in the fall to major in speech pathology.
Distinguished Young Women of St. Clair County is an official local preliminary of Distinguished Young Women, a national scholarship program that promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership and talent in young women. In addition to earning scholarships for college, those who participate in the Distinguished Young Women program develop friendships, self-confidence and other life skills that pave the way for future success. The Distinguished Young Women experience is open to every eligible young woman and there is no cost to participate.
The competition for scholarships begins at the local level, in towns and cities throughout the United States. Participants from throughout the region join together in Springville where a panel of five judges will select the representative(s) who will move on to the next level of competition at Distinguished Young Women of Alabama.
The young woman selected as the state representative will then compete in the annual National Finals competition in Mobile.
State representatives from all 50 states will travel to the historic port city of Mobile, for the 57th Annual Distinguished Young Women National Finals, June 26-28, 2014. They will spend two weeks getting to know outstanding girls from across the country, engaging in community service and team development activities, and preparing for the National Finals competition.
All state representatives will compete for a share of more than $130,000 in cash scholarships and the opportunity to represent the national program as the Distinguished Young Woman of America.