Forest teenager ready to compete for national scholarship

MOBILE, Ala. (WDBJ/DYW Release) – A young woman fresh out of Forest, Va., will travel to Mobile, Alabama on June 13 to participate in the 65th Distinguished young women National Finals, scheduled for June 23, 24 and 25 at the Mobile Civic Center Theater.

Jadyn Talley is one of 50 representatives competing for more than $150,000 in scholarships and the opportunity to represent the program as a Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2022.

Talley graduated in 2022 from Brookville High School in Campbell County and is the daughter of Dawn and Robert Talley.

Following her selection as a distinguished young woman from Virginia, Talley began preparations for the National Finals competition, which will include five judging categories: Scholastics, Maintenance, Fitness, Talent and Self-Expression. During her two weeks in Mobile, Talley will participate in team building activities, perform community service projects, interact with the Gulf Coast community through various events, and participate in rehearsal hours in preparation for the three-night scholarship contest.

“We are thrilled to welcome these incredible young women who are leaders in their schools and communities,” said Kendra Haskins, Executive Director of Distinguished Young Women. “We know the future is in good hands.”

If selected as the overall winner of the program, Talley will spend the next year representing Distinguished Young Women across the country through various appearances and promoting the national outreach initiative of the Be Your Best Self program. The outreach program is designed to tackle key issues facing children today, including childhood obesity and school dropout rates, as well as to encourage young people to take an active interest in their communities through of service.

The awareness program consists of five elements – be healthy, be involved, be studious, be ambitious and be responsible.

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