(BEDFORD) – Gracyn Alvey was named the 2020 Lawrence County Distinguished Young Woman Saturday night at Schafer Auditorium.
Gracyn is the daughter of Curt and Melissa Alvey. She plans to earn a degree in elementary education at either Indiana University or the University of Southern Indiana.
She will receive a $2,000 scholarship. Alvey also won category awards for fitness and creativity, which will total $400.
Distinguished Young Women of Lawrence County is part of a national scholarship program that promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership, and talent in young women. It is a unique program that offers Life Skills training to prepare young women for the world after high school.
Alvey was awarded a medallion from the 2019 Distinguished winner Mallori Beyers.
Gracyn will now advance to the state level in Kokomo, where they give away more than $27,500 in cash tuition scholarships. If she wins there she will move on to the National Finals which is held in Mobile, Alabama.
Three other Bedford North Lawrence High School seniors competed for scholarships in the program.
Jillian Chaney, the daughter of Tammy Spradlin and Jerry Chaney was named first runner up and earned a $1,100. She plans to study musical theater at Elon University. She also won awards in self-expression and the best self essay, which gained her $400.
Savannah Hudelson, the daughter of Jeff and Julia Hudelson was second runner up. She won a $500 scholarship and won in the scholastic category earning her $200. Savannah wants to study pediatric nursing at either Indiana State University or IUPUI.
Gracie Crulo is the daughter of Karen Crulo and Rob Rood. She had the best spirt and best interview and earned $400. She plans to attend Indiana University Southeast to a degree to teach students with special needs.
The young women were judged in five categories: Scholastic achievement (25%), judges’ interview (25%), creative and performing arts (20%), fitness (15%) and self-expression (15%.)