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St. Clair DYW competition coming June 21

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Posted: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 1:22 pm

The Distinguished Young Women of St. Clair County Scholarship Program will be held 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 Keighan Spann and Tori Williams.

Keighan Spann

Keighan Spann just completed her junior year at Pell Ciy High School.

She is the 17-year-old daughter of Jonathan and Megan Spann of Pell City. She has an older brother, Zach, 24.

Spann found out about DYW last year when she was asked to be a Little Sister to one of her best friends, Katie Roe.

"I really love the program," Spann said. "I’ve been able to meet a lot of nice girls. This program has impacted my life and has helped me so much. Mrs. Kathy Soltis and Mrs. Debbie Gossett have done such a great job with the program."

For her talent, Spann will be singing, acting and doing a small dance to the musical theater piece from "Chicago" called "I Can’t Do It Alone."

"I am involved with the theater program at Pell City High School," Spann said. "I have always loved theater, musicals and dramas. Chicago has always been one of my favorite productions."

Spann’s Little Sister is Breanna Harris, a student at Pell City High School.

Once she graduates high school, Spann plans on going to Troy University to earn a degree in collaborative education with specialization in hearing impairment.

Tori Williams

Tori Williams just completed her junior year at Ashville High School.

She is the 16-year-old daughter of Fredrick and LaTonya Williams of Ashville.

Williams found out about the DYW program when the reigning DYW Lindsey Spruiell and DYW board member Carol Hornsby were at Ashville High School one day to recruit.

"It is an honor to be around these other participants," Williams said. "They all have a great spirit, they are good people and the DYW is such a great program. I am just honored to be in it."

For her talent, Williams will be reciting a poem by Maya Angelou called "The Phenomenal Woman."

Williams said Angelou is a well-respected writer.

"I thought it was appropriate for the program, especially to be our best-self in all that we do," Williams said.

Williams’ Little Sister is Clayton Cato, a student at Ashville High School.

Once she graduates from Ashville High School, Williams plans on attending Troy University to earn a degree in Business. She wants to be involved in health care management.

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, Ala., on June 26, 27 and 28. For more information about Distinguished Young Women, visit www.DistinguishedYW.org.

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