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Ava Grace Temple Wins Distinguished Young Woman Award | Local News

Lamar School student Ava Grace Temple was declared the 2023 Lauderdale County Distinguished Young Woman during the competition at MSU Riley Center in Meridian on Saturday.

Temple, the daughter of Brian and Amy Temple, is involved in various activities including captain of the Lamar Volleyball Team, Junior Auxiliary Crown Club, Leadership Lauderdale Youth, Dusty Social Service Club and Lamar Charitable Investment Club. She plans to attend Mississippi State University with the goal of becoming a stockbroker.

Temple was one of eight high school girls representing Clarkdale, Northeast, Enterprise, and Lamar High Schools.

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Lamar School student Ava Grace Temple was declared the 2023 Lauderdale County Distinguished Young Woman during the competition at MSU Riley Center in Meridian on Saturday. Pictured are Hannah Boyette, third alternate; Avery Knowles, first alternate; Maggie Triplett, 2022 Lauderdale County Distinguished Young Woman; Temple and Kaitlyn Foreman second alternate.


Avery Knowles of Clarkdale High School was named first substitute, Kaitlyn Foreman of Northeast Lauderdale High was named second substitute, and Hannah Boyette of Northeast Lauderdale High was named third substitute.

The alternate winner for fitness was Emma Stephenson; the preliminary winner for fitness was Avery Knowles; the alternative prize for self-expression was awarded to Anika Ravi; the preliminary winner for self-expression was Hannah Boyette; the alternate talent award went to Avrie Boles; the preliminary talent award went to Ava Temple; the Spirit Prize winner was Claire Thornhill and the Be Your Best Self Essay Prize winner was Avery Knowles.







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A preliminary to state and national Distinguished Young Women, the local program rewards the achievements of high school girls wishing to pursue higher education. Founded in 1958 as America’s Junior Miss and based in Mobile, Ala., the National Scholarship Program inspires 11th grade girls to develop their individual potential through a fun and transformative experience that culminates in a showcase of celebration of their accomplishments.

Nationally, Distinguished Young Women has attracted more than 775,000 young women to participate in the program at the local, state and national levels and has awarded $114 million in cash scholarships since the program’s inception.

The national program is scheduled for July 14 and 15 with the finals on July 16.