Local young women compete for state DYW

Bryce Callie Lott, daughter of Trent and Keren Lott, Scott County’s Distinguished Young Woman 2018, will be competing for the state title in Meridian, July 13-15. 
She will be in Meridian preparing for the program for a week and will begin the competition Thursday with the interview portion and will perform her talent routine onstage Thursday night. 
Friday night competition will continue as Lott competes in the self-expression and fitness portions of the program. 
Saturday night wraps up the program with the “Top 10” competing for the Title of Distinguished Young Woman of Mississippi 2018.
The program will take place at the Evangel Temple. Thursday and Friday night competitions begin at 7:30 p.m., with the final night starting at 8. Tickets are available at the door.
Lott will be competing with her classmate Lydia Bishop of Newton. Both women attend Sebastopol Attendance Center.
Nationally, the Distinguished Young Women organization awards $1.1 billion in college scholarships annually.
The winner of Mississippi’s DYW contest will proceed to the national competition in Mobile where she will compete for a $125k scholarship.
The program accesses entrants in five categories: Scholastics (25%), Interview (25%), Talent (20%), Fitness (15%), and Self-Expression (15%). In the previous national competition, Mississippi’s Neha Arora was awarded $2500 as an overall finalist and $1000 in the self expression category.