Dress Rehearsal for Meridian/Lauderdale County DYW

Meridian, Miss. The 2015 Meridian and Lauderdale County Distinguished Young Woman program will take place Saturday. The participants took part in a dress rehearsal Friday evening.

The event starts Saturday night at 7 p.m. in the MSU Riley Center. Six young ladies will compete in the Meridian program, while 10 young ladies will take part in the Lauderdale County program. They will be judged on panel evaluation, talent, scholastic achievement, physical fitness and self-expression. Over 24-thousand dollars in cash scholarships will be presented to the winners and alternates.

"These girls have all been given a wonderful gift just by being here, so I hope they all have an amazing time just like I did, and I know they are going to do wonderful," said Mia Hall, Meridian's Distinguished Young Woman of 2014.

The two winners will compete in the Mississippi Distinguished Young Woman program in July.