Ballard Named Newton County DYW

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Newton County, Miss. It's the end of an exciting weekend for one young woman in Newton County.

Codi Ballard was named Newton County's Distinguished Young Woman of 2015 Saturday night in the Huff Auditorium on the campus of East Central Community College in Decatur. The contestants answered an on-stage question, performed an individual talent and choreographed fitness routine. Ballard tells Newscenter 11 she is still making sense of her victory.

"I did not think it would happen," Ballard recalls. "I was in shock whenever they called my name. But, it truly makes me feel like all of my hard work has finally paid off."

Ballard will compete this summer in Meridian for the state title.