|Posted on 6/15/2018 7:38:00 AM.|
(Seguin) -- Seguin is invited to wish Sierra Knight plenty of good luck as she goes on to not only represent Guadalupe County but also the state of Texas during this year's 61st Distinguished Young Women National Finals slated for June 28-30 in Mobile, Ala. Knight is the 2018 Valedictorian for Marion High School and the daughter of Michele and Brennon Knight.
A send-off reception is scheduled this Saturday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Texas Theater. Knight is one of 50 representatives competing for thousands of dollars in cash scholarships and the opportunity to represent the program as the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2018.
Following her selection as the Distinguished Young Woman of Texas for 2018, Knight began preparations for the National Finals competition, which will include five categories of evaluation: scholastics, interview, fitness, talent and self-expression.
Knight, who leaves Monday, says although the finals aren't until the end of the month, the experience officially kicks off upon arrival.
"The first day that we get there, we will have an arrival ceremony and a welcome ceremony, they just really have a bunch of events that they put on for us right at the beginning and then, we'll go into the service projects like working with the USA Children’s and Women's Hospital and we get to work with some of the Girl Scout groups over there. They just have a bunch of service projects lined up for us to do which is going to be awesome for us to work in their community there," said Knight.
Knight, says she is looking forward to doing her best and representing those who have supported her along the way. She says no matter the outcome at the end of the month, the Distinguished Young Woman program, better known locally as the Junior Mission program, has already made her a winner. Knight says thanks to the perks of the program, Alabama will not only be the location of the contest but also her new home.
"I had originally planned to go to Texas State and then after winning the Distinguished Women of Texas, I qualified for a scholarship at South Alabama which is basically a full ride so it's something that I looked into. There's not a major for genetic counseling which is my career plan right now but they had a plan for it which was real unique because a lot of colleges don't have and so that was a bonus. I talked to their track coach out there, Coach Farm, and he was real great and he brought me out onto the track team to pole vault next year so God just had everything all lined up for me already and ended up switching over from planning to go to Texas State to South Alabama. So it was real awesome how that worked out," said Knight.
"We are excited to host these incredible young women who are true leaders in the areas of scholarship, leadership and talent," said Kendra Haskins, Executive Director for Distinguished Young Women. "We know the future is in good hands with these dedicated young ladies."
Knight says the local program has been successful in creating other top winners both on the state and national levels and says she hopes her experience invites others to also take part.
"I'd definitely encourage anyone who is even slightly interested to try it out. Who knows what you are going to get out of it. Everyone might get something a little different but everyone is going to gain something from it," said Knight.
If selected as the program's overall winner, Knight will spend the next year representing Distinguished Young Women across the country through various appearances and promoting the program's national outreach initiative of Be Your Best Self. The outreach program is designed to combat major issues facing children today including childhood obesity and high school drop out rates, as well as encourage young people to take an active interest in their communities through service. The outreach program consists of five elements - Be Healthy, Be Involved, Be Studious, Be Ambitious and Be Responsible.
The contest will be held in the Mobile Civic Center Theater in Mobile, Alabama.