DYW Preliminary Winners Announced

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Meridian, Mississippi It's getting down to the wire for Distinguished Young Women from across the state of Mississippi.

The mood at the Temple Theater in Meridian was a little more serious Friday night than it was Thursday night. That's because the judges narrowed down the list of contestants.

The program started the same way it did Thursday night with a special dance routine. What was different was the candidates that took part in the talent competition Thursday night, took part in the fitness and self-expression competition Friday night, and vice versa. Organizers admit it's getting to the nerve wracking part of the experience.

Here are the winners of the preliminary round of the Distinguished Young Women of Mississippi competition:

Self expression:
Anna Robinson - Rankin County
Mia Hall - Meridian
Caroline Henson - Lauderdale County
Savannah Banis - Simpson County

Cassidy Simmons - Lowndes County
Mia Hall - Meridian
Carlye Torjusen - Pascagoula County
Breanna Traweek - Petal

Abby McPhail - Covington County
Brittany Lowery West - Jackson County
Mary Margaret Hyer - Lamar County
Carolyn Halford - Madison

Reagan Scoggin - Forrest County
Tiarra Black - Neshoba County
Anna Claire Webb - Winston County
Caroline Henson - Lauderdale County