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July 14, 2010

America's Junior Miss contest changes name to Distinguished Young Women

STILLWATER, Okla. — America’s Junior Miss — and Payne County’s Junior Miss — is operating under a new name.

The national board of directors recently announced the scholarship program will be renamed Distinguished Young Women, with the tagline Scholarship, Leadership, Talent.

The local program name will change to be Distinguished Young Women of Payne County.

It will be the same program with the same scoring procedures, the same values and the same goals to help young women lead successful lives, local organizer Richard Hawkins said.

He added that Distinguished Young Women is a national scholarship program designed to inspire high school girls to develop their potential by encouraging continued education and providing college scholarships; by developing self-confidence and the abilities to interview effectively, to speak in public, to perform on stage and to build interpersonal relationships; by encouraging and showcasing excellence in academic achievement, physical fitness, on-stage performance skills, and the ability to think and communicate clearly; and by creating opportunities to beneficially inspire the lives of others.

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