Chipley High School Senior Haylee Patton has been named the Distinguished Young Woman of Washington County 2018. Patton was awarded the title August 26 at the Distinguished Young Women of Washington County scholarship program. Participants were evaluated in the categories of Scholastics (25%), Interview (25%), Talent (20%), Fitness (15%), and Self-Expression (15%).

Patton won Overall awards in Scholastics, Talent and Self-Expression and Honoree awards in Fitness and Interview. She won a total of $1,050 in cash scholarships and has the honor of representing Washington County at the Distinguished Young Women of Florida program in Fort Walton Beach in February. Kaliegh Laurel, a senior from Washington County Christian School, received a total of $425 for winning the Overall Interview and Overall Fitness awards and she also won Honoree awards in Scholastics and Self-Expression. Heather Stephens, a senior from Chipley High School was awarded a total of $375 for her Honoree awards in Scholastics, Talent, and was tied for the Distinguished Young Women Spirit Award. Dana Douglas, a senior from Vernon High School, received $175 for her Honoree awards in Talent and Interview. Tinsley Hodges, a senior from Chipley High School, was awarded $150 for her Honoree awards in Self-Expression and Fitness. Maia Harmon, a senior from Vernon High School, received $200 as the other winner of the Distinguished Young Women Spirit award.

Throughout the next year, Patton will represent Washington County at various public events and serve as a role model to young people by spreading the program’s national outreach message of “Be Your Best Self.” The outreach program is designed to encourage self-esteem and excellence in all young people through its five principles: Be Healthy, Be Involved, Be Studious, Be Ambitious, and Be Responsible.

About Distinguished Young Women

Founded in 1958 in Mobile, Alabama, Distinguished Young Women is the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls. During its 60 years of operation, the program has provided life-changing experiences for more than 765,000 young women. Distinguished Young Women provided more than $106 million in cash scholarships and $1.5 billion college granted scholarship opportunities to program participants at the local, state and national level. Previously known as America’s Junior Miss, the program announced its new name in June 2010.