The Distinguished Young Women of St. Clair County Scholarship Program will be Saturday, June 21, at 6:30 p.m., in the auditorium at Springville Middle School.
This year’s participants in the scholarship program include Anna Caroline Adkins, Kasey Gamble, Taylor Golden, Brooklyn Graff, Katlyn Moorer, Keighan Spann, Brooke Walker, Sarah Wilkes and Tori Williams.
This week, we feature Brooklyn Graff, Taylor Golden and Katlyn Moorer.
Brooklyn Graff just completed her junior year at Moody High School. She is the 17-year-old daughter of Robert Graff, of Pell City, and Leigh Bowling, of Leeds. She has one brother, Austyn, 20, and one sister, Lauryn, 15.
Graff found out about the DYW program a couple of years ago when one of her friends, Kelsey Smith, was in the program.
"She invited me to go to the program," Graff said. "It is a very great program. There are opportunities for scholarships. It also gives me the opportunity to meet some nice girls who will potentially be my friends for a lifetime."
For her talent, Graff will be doing a jazz dance to the song "Rockin’ Robin."
"When I was growing up, I always danced," Graff said. "I always find joy in dancing, whether it is slow, fast or traditional."
Her Little Sister for the program is actually her biological sister, Lauryn Graff.
"That is so neat, and I’m glad she agreed to do it," Graff said.
After she graduates from MHS next year, Graff plans on going to the University of South Alabama in Mobile and become a dermatologist.
Taylor Golden just completed her junior year at Springville High School. She is the 17-year-old daughter of Dewayne and Angie Golden of Springville.
Golden found out about the local DYW from a friend four years ago.
"Ever since, I have wanted to be a part of it," Golden said. "I am so glad I have had this chance to meet these other eight young women. They are super and wonderful."
For her talent, Golden will dance a jazz routine to "Burning Love" by Elvis Presley.
"I love old music, especially from the ‘50s," Golden said. "Elvis is my favorite artist and ‘Burning Love’ is my favorite song."
Golden’s Little Sister is Kristen Jones, who also attends Springville High School.
Once Golden graduated high school, she plans on attending Auburn University where she will major in optometry.
Katlyn Moorer just finished her junior year at St. Clair County High School in Odenville. She is the 17-year-old daughter of Earnest and Latresa Franklin of Odenville. She has one brother, Joshua, 10, and one sister, Ashley, 7. She and her family moved to Odenville about a year ago.
Moorer said she found out about the DYW program after reading about last year’s winner in the St. Clair Times newspaper.
"Being around these eight other girls has been so nice for me, since I have only lived here a year," Moorer said.
For her talent, Moorer will be painting.
"My dad and I have always enjoyed art," Moorer said. "I have been painting since I was a little girl."
Moorer’s Little Sister is Chealsa Twamley.
Once she graduates from high school, Moorer plans on attending the University of Alabama at Birmingham and major in pre-dentistry.
Distinguished Young Women, formerly America’s Junior Miss Scholarship Program, is sponsored by the City of Mobile, Mobile County, Encore Rehabilitation, SPANX, Wintzell’s Oyster House, Mobile Gas-A Sempra Company, Regions Bank, Alabama Power Foundation and Master Boat Builders. The 56th National Finals will take place in Mobile, Alabama on June 26, 27 and 28. For more information about Distinguished Young Women, visit www.DistinguishedYW.org.