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Darden claims '19 Roanoke Valley DYW title

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Rightmyer hands the title to Darden. Rightmyer hands the title to Darden. Roanoke Valley DYW

Toni Darden was chosen as Distinguished Young Woman of Roanoke Valley for 2019.

She is a rising senior at KIPP Pride High School and is the daughter of Tony and Elrena Darden. She received $11,500 in cash scholarships Saturday night, placing in fitness, talent, scholastic, and won the overall interview award.

Toni will now compete for the state title, traveling  to Greensboro in January to participate in the Distinguished Young Women of North Carolina state program.

The Roanoke Valley DYW scholarship program event was held at The Centre on the campus of Halifax Community College and showcased 16 young women from several schools throughout the community.

Sarah Rightmyer, Distinguished Young Woman of Roanoke Valley for 2018, chose the theme Sweet Southern Soul for the program.

Sarah is a rising freshman at East Carolina University.

Runner ups

First Runner Up was Olivia Kidd. She is a rising senior at RRHS and is the daughter of Lynn and Julie Harrison. She received $4,750 in cash scholarships, placing in the self-expression, interview, and scholastic categories.

Second Runner Up was Bailey Robertson. She is a rising senior at Halifax Academy and is the daughter of Rodney and Trina Robertson. She won $4,000 in cash scholarships placing in interview, fitness, talent, and scholastics.

Third Runner Up was Cassidy Goff. She is a rising Senior at RRHS and is the daughter of James and Jeany Flythe, and the late Royce Goff. She won $4,000 in cash scholarships placing in interview, scholastic and self expression. Also included was the entrepreneur award which was worth $1,000.

Fourth Runner Up was Lily Brewer. She is a rising Senior at RRHS and is the daughter of Chris and Beth Brewer. She received $2,000 in cash scholarships placing in the fitness, self expression, talent and interview categories.

Individual category

Individual Category award recipients and donors are as follows:

Fitness - Toni Darden, Cassidy Goff, Emli Edwards, Lily Brewer and Bailey Robertson.

Fitness awards were valued at $250 each and sponsored by Spartan Gym, Southern Smiles Orthodontics, Ben's Creek Nursery, and New Day Fitness.

 

Self Expression - Olivia Kidd, Cassidy Goff, Sydney Connell, Kendall Qualls, and Lily Brewer.

Self Expression awards were valued at $250 each and sponsored by Distinguished Young Woman of Roanoke Valley Scholarship fund.

 

Talent - Toni Darden, Cassidy Goff, Lily Brewer, Bailey Robertson, and Macie Hasty.

Talent awards were valued at $250 each and sponsored by Myrick's School of Dance, Given's Dance, Progression's Dance Studio, Little Caesars Pizza, and Redwine's Garage & Part Sales.

 

Interview: Olivia Kidd, Emli Edwards, Lily Brewer, Zianne Richardson, and Bailey Robertson.

Interview Awards were valued at $250 each and sponsored by Kapstone.

 

Overall Interview: Toni Darden

Overall Interview Award winner received a $750 cash scholarship and was sponsored by Distinguished Young Woman of Roanoke Valley Scholarship fund.  

 

Scholastic: Toni Darden, Olivia Kidd, Cassidy Goff, Kendall Qualls, and Bailey Robertson.

Scholastic Awards were valued at $250 each and sponsored by Drugco.

 

Overall Scholastic: Alexis Carter

Overall Scholastic Award winner received a $750 cash scholarship sponsored by:

Distinguished Young Woman of Roanoke Valley Scholarship fund.

 

Entrepreneur Award: Cassidy Goff

The Young Entrepreneur award recognized a young woman for her hard work and dedication throughout the Distinguished Young Woman program through fundraising and overall service to the program as well as the community. The award was sponsored by Enviva Pellets of Northampton.

Cassidy Goff, the winner of the award, received a $1,000 cash scholarship.

 

Spirit Award: Blair Bracey

The spirit award is a long time coveted award by participants across America. The young lady chosen is selected by her fellow participants and is viewed to have the attributes that a DYW

should have and is given to the one they think embodies the Distinguished Young Woman program.

The Spirit scholarship was sponsored by The Distinguished Young Woman Scholarship fund and Rightmyer Machine Rentals. Blair Bracey, the winner of the spirit award, received a $750 cash scholarship.

 

Two "Be Your Best Self" Awards: Dianna Ricks and Alexis Pearcey

The Be Your Best Self awards are given to the young women who embody the BYBS message empowering young people with valuable tools to face the challenges of negative peer pressure, drawing on their own personal experiences. Each participant submitted an essay for this

award. Each recipient won a $500 scholarship sponsored by M.J. Price Construction.

 

Leadership Award: Macie Hasty

The leadership award recognizes a young woman for her large array of characteristics, such as values, character, motives, habits, traits, competencies, style, behaviors, and leadership skills throughout the program, as well as, in her school and community.

The winner received a $500 scholarship sponsored by Sheriff Wes Tripp.

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