Three Vestavia Hills High School students were honored this summer by the Distinguished Young Women of Jefferson County.
Madeline Cawley was named Distinguished Young Woman of Jefferson County 2013.
She is a member of the National Honors Society and Latin Honors Society and is drum major for the VHHS Marching Band.
This year, 21 girls participated in the Distinguished Young Women program and competed in the categories of talent, self-expression, fitness, scholastics and interview.
Cawley was a preliminary winner in the fitness category and was both the Overall Self-Expression and Overall Talent winner. For her talent presentation, she played “Carnival of Venice” on the flute.
Hannah Moss was selected first alternate; second alternate was Chandler Kitchens. Both are students at Vestavia Hills High School.
Rounding out the top eight were Anslee Palmer, Caroline Bottcher, Mary Katherine Mize and Maria Inman, all from Vestavia Hills High School, and Elizabeth Nichols from Hoover High School.
Sarah Elizabeth Hyde of Vestavia Hills and Megan McClung of Homewood both received Special Recognition Talent Awards. Hyde was the Overall Fitness winner.
Elizabeth Nichols of Hoover won the Overall Scholastic Award as well as the Spirit Award, which is voted on by contestants.
This year the Distinguished Young Women of Jefferson County program awarded more than $14,000 in cash-tuition scholarships and more than $460,000 in college-granted scholarships.
Members of the Class of 2014 who are interested in participating in next year’s Distinguished Young Women program can visit www.distinguishedyw.org and click on “participate” or email Jefferson@distinguishedyw.org. The program will be held in July 2013.