Laney Kate Hulbert wins DYW title         in March 14 local program

Left, Breanna Smoak, George County’s 2020 Distinguished Young Woman presents the DYW Medallion for George County to Laney Kate Hulbert, the 2021 local DYW winner. The local program was held Saturday night, March 14. (photo by John Sims Studios)

    Laney Kate Hulbert won the George County 2021 Distinguished Young Woman title on Saturday night, March 14 in Lucedale.

     She  is the daughter of Philip and Holly Hulbert and is a junior at George County High School. She is scheduled to participate in the  state DYW program in July.

     The local DYW program is sponsored by Lucedale Fine Arts Club. Co-chairmen are Audra Rouse and Kathy Smith.

    First  alternate was won by Raely Langston, daughter of John and Meagan Langston. Winning second alternate was Kamdyn Fairley, daughter of Bobby and Lynn Fairley.

       In addition to winning the DYW title, Laney Kate  was also awarded the  Jackie Valentine Memorial Scholarship for interview, the Self-Expression award and the Be Your Best Self Essay winner.

   Her talent in the local program was a ballet en Point to “Victory.”

   The Scholastic Award  was won by  first alternate Raely Langston. She was also awarded the Paul Cowart and Carolyn Cowart Elsteroth  Memorial Scholarship for the DYW first alternate. Her talent was a piano performance to “Valse Dramatico.”

    The Talent Award  and the Fitness Award were won by second alternate Kamdyn Fairley. Her talent was an acrobatics/tumbling performance to “So Much Better” from Legally Blonde.

    Master of  ceremonies for the evening was Sid Taylor, George County High School principal.

    The theme for the program was “Rhinestone Cowboy.”

  Entertainment for the evening was provided by George County’s 2020 DYW Breanna Smoak, who performed a lyrical dance. Also entertaining were the GCHS choir  and Billye Jo’s Center Stage dance students.

    A dance performance was also presented by the Little Sisters group which  assisted the participants during the preparations and presentation of the DYW program.

  The participants were judged on scholastic achievement, talent, physical fitness, judges’ interview and self expression.

  Thousands of dollars in cash and college scholarships were awarded to the winners. 

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