Searcy local Maria Nicole Spearn will travel to Mobile, Ala., on June 13 to participate in the Distinguished Young Women National Finals later this month on the 23, 24, and 25.
The scholarship competition, in its 65th year, will take place at the Mobile Civic Center Theater. As one of 50 state representatives, Spearn will compete for over $150,000 in cash scholarships along with the opportunity to represent the program as the 2022 Distinguished Young Woman of America.
The 50 state representatives will participate in community activities and events during a two-week stay during which they will also go through various rehearsals for National Finals performances. The National Finals competition consists of five categories to be evaluated: scholastics, interview, fitness, talent, and self-expression.
Spearn will participate in team-building activities, complete community service projects, interact with the Gulf Coast Community in various events, and rehearse for the three-night competition.
“We are excited to host these incredible young women who are leaders in their schools and communities,” said Kendra Haskins, executive director for Distinguished Young Women. “We know the future is in good hands.”
Spearn, if selected as the program’s overall winner, will spend the next year representing Distinguished Young Women across the country by taking part in several appearances and promoting the national outreach of the program’s initiative, ‘Be Your Best Self.’
Designed to combat issues faced by children today, the outreach program will focus on things like childhood obesity and high school dropout rates while also encouraging young people to take an active interest in their communities through service. The five elements of this outreach program include ‘Be Healthy; Be Involved; Be Studious; Be Ambitious; and Be Responsible.’
Spearn is the daughter of Christine and Jeff Spearn and a 2022 graduate of Searcy High School.