July 18, 2020

Mattie Alston

Nine young women from Bibb County competed Saturday night for the title of Distinguished Young Woman for Bibb County. Mattie Langford Alston, daughter of Jay and Kecia Alston walked away with the Title.

The other contestants included Madison Dunn, Candace Johnson, Anna Bell, Ellie McAfee, Kelee Johnson, Elizabeth Mathis, Amelia Watson, & Noelle Hiott.

Distinguished Young Women is a national scholarship program that inspires high school girls to develop their full, individual potential through a fun, transformative experience that culminates in a celebratory showcase of their accomplishments. DYW strives to give every participant the opportunity to further her education and prepare for a successful future. This year, the Bibb County program was able to give over $11,000 in cash tuition scholarships to the 9 participants. All of the money awarded is donated by local businesses and individuals.

This past Saturday night, the 9 contestants showcased their individual best in 5 categories: Scholastic, Interview, Self Expression, Talent, and Fitness. Mattie Alston was the winner of the Scholastic, Interview, and Fitness categories along with the Distinguished Young Woman of Bibb County title.

(L-R)Anna Bell, Mattie Alston, Madison Dunn

Madison Dunn was the winner of the Self Expression category. Elizabeth Mathis was the winner of Talent with her gymnastics routine to “The Addams Family Theme”. Madison Dunn was named 1st Alternate and 2nd Alternate was Anna Bell. Candace Johnson won the Signature Contest and Madison Dunn was awarded Spirit of DYW. Because of their hard work and the generous donations of our local community, each of the 9 participants walked away with cash tuition scholarships that can be used at the college of their choosing.

In January, Mattie will represent Bibb County at the state competition in Montgomery. She will join 60 other local winners for a chance to win the state title. The Distinguished Young Women program gives over $1.5 billion nationally in college scholarships each year. Any Bibb County girls in the Class of 2022 that are interested in participating should contact Kristin Lowery (bibb@distinguishedyw.org) for more information. You can also find more information at www.distinguishedyw.org.