Bailey Barnes was recently named the Distinguished Young Woman of DeKalb County 2019.

The Distinguished Young Women of DeKalb County is a local part of a national scholarship program that “promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership and talent in young women.”

According to their website, www.dekalb.al.distinguishedyw.org, cash scholarships are awarded at the local level, millions in college-granted scholarships are available and $1 billion nationally. Local winners will advance to the state program in Montgomery, Alabama where they give away more than $42,500 in cash tuition scholarships.

Kaysie Price is the local chairman in DeKalb County and said the program teaches and encourages many significant qualities for participants.

“I believe The Distinguished Young Women Scholarship program is one of the most rewarding and enriching programs that DeKalb County has to offer our young women,” Price said. “It teaches them the importance of being their best selves, all while giving them opportunities to network with other young women in the county from other schools.”

Price said it was a pleasure to work with Barnes during the process.

Barnes, a student at Fort Payne High School, participated at the state level in Montgomery on January 18 and 19, 2019 where she won a Physical Fitness Preliminary that allowed her to receive scholarship money towards the college of her choice.

“Bailey represented DeKalb County with grace, poise and strength, and we are so proud of her,” read a statement from the board directors.

Price said participants can make new friends from around the area, participate in workshops on interviewing and public speaking, have fun showcasing their achievements and find help to pay for their college education.

For future participants, the registration to participate in the upcoming program is now open. The Distinguished Young Woman of DeKalb County 2020 Scholarship Program will be held in August 2019 and they are now accepting applications. An online application can be submitted to www.dekalb.al.distinguishedyw.org. Registration is open to girls that are in the graduating class of 2020. If they have any questions about the program, they can email Price at dekalb@distinguishedyw.org

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