Distinguished Young Women highlight: Kayleigh Vance

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NEWTON CO., Miss. (WTOK) - Kayleigh Vance is the Distinguished Young Woman of Newton County, a title she hopes to use to benefit her community.

“Representing Newton County in the DYW program is a big honor for me and it just gives me a platform to show younger girls coming into the 11th grade next year that the DYW program is something fun, it’s something out of their comfort zone that they can do,” Vance says.

Vance joined the DYW program after being encouraged to do so by her mother.

“I decided to get into the DYW program because of my mom actually,” Vance says. “We were going to school one morning and she looks at me and she’s like how about doing the Distinguished Young Women program and I was like, ‘hmmm, I don’t know, maybe?” And then we went to the interest meeting and I met Lauren [Carson] and it just really struck me as a good idea to do.”

She will be performing an acrobatic jazz routine for the talent portion of the program.

“I am most nervous about my talent, I’ve worked really hard on my routine and I’m just hoping that it all comes together and just looks really good on stage,” Vance says.

Vance says she is looking forward to being in the competition and meeting a lot of new people.

“I’m most excited for meeting all the new participants and the girls, I’m excited to see what relationships I form with them and I’m excited to meet my host family,” Vance says. “I’m excited to experience this week, prior DYW titleholders have kind of hyped this week up for me, and I’m just very excited to see what the week holds.”

The Distinguished Young Women of Mississippi Program will be held at the Evangel Temple starting at 7:30 p.m. next Thursday and Friday, and then starting at 8 p.m. next Saturday.