The Distinguished Young Women of St. Clair County Scholarship Program will be 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 highlight Brooke Walker and Sarah Wilkes.
Brooke Walker is a junior at Crossroads Christian School in Moody. She is the 17-year-old daughter of Alan and Kelli Walker of Ashville. She has an older brother, Daniel, 20.
Walker found out about the DYW program through several of her friends who had competed in years past.
"It sounded like a really good program," Walker said. "Good for scholarships and good for community involvement."
For her talent, Walker will play the piano. Her selection is Scherzo in D minor by Cornelius Gurlitt.
"It’s a classical piece," Walker said. "It’s like a fast pace bunch of runs up and down the keys along with some traditional waltz."
Walker said she is so happy she met the other girls in the DYW program.
"At first, I didn’t know any of them," Walker said. "Now, we are all friends and they are a sweet bunch of girls. It is really cool to meet new people."
Walker’s Little Sister is Hannah Nielsen, a student at Crossroads Christian School.
Once she graduates from high school, Walker plans on attending the University of Mobile to earn a degree in Psychology.
Sarah Wilkes is a junior at Moody High School. She is the 17-year-old daughter of Judd and Angie Wilkes of Moody. Wilkes has two brothers and a sister; Palmer, 22; Anna, 13; and John, 11.
Wilkes learned about the DYW program while in the seventh grade. She has been a Little Sister on two different occasions in years past.
"I enjoy this program," Wilkes said. "To me, this is one of the best groups of girls I have seen in this program. They are all very talented."
For her talent, Wilkes will sing a theatrical number a cappella entitled "Taylor, the Latte Boy."
"I heard this sung live," Wilkes said.
Wilkes’ Little Sister is Anaika Cayton, a freshman at Moody High.
Once she graduates from Moody High School, Wilkes plans on attending Auburn University to major in theatrical arts and minor in education.
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.