The 55th Annual Soddy Daisy Distinguished Young Women Program 2014 will be held Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at Soddy Elementary School; 260 School St. The theme this year is College Game Day. Tickets are $15 which includes a program booklet.
The 2013 Soddy Daisy Distinguished Young Woman is Miss Alexandra Disterdick, daughter of Desiree' Daniels Disterdick and John Disterdick. Alexa is their third daughter to win the Soddy Daisy title. Her sister, Hannah, won in 2007 and went on to be Tennessee's Junior Miss that year. She is now Miss Memphis and will compete for Miss Tennessee this June.
Her sister, Kaylee, won in 2011 and was lst runner up at Tennessee's Distinguished Young Woman. Mom, Desiree', was Miss Tennessee in 1982 and lst runner up to Miss America 1983.
There are 21 local girls who have worked to prepare for the program this year. The judging system is designed to evaluate the qualities and characteristics the program promotes. They will be scored on interview 25 percent, talent 25 percent, scholastics 20 percent, fitness 15 percent and self expression 15 percent.
The Be Your Best Self program is the official outreach of the program where the girls speak at schools, clubs and churches.
This program was formerly known as Junior Miss. In 2010 the name was changed to
Distinguished Young Women to better reflect awareness and expand the opportunities for volunteers and alumnae. It continues to encourage continued education, develop self confidence, encourage and showcase excellent in academics, physical fitness, public speaking, and perform their talent on stage.
America's Junior Miss was founded in 1958 and is the oldest and largest scholarship program
for high school senior girls. It has helped thousands of girls pay for their educations and
pursue their ambitions. Over 700,000 young women have competed at the local, state and
national levels. More than $33 million in scholarship opportunities have been made available.