Lawrence County’s Distinguished Young Women’s Program is this Saturday, Nov. 18

LAWRENCE CO. – The 2024 Lawrence County Distinguished Young Woman (DYW) Program will take place at the Mitchell High School Auditorium on Saturday, November 18, 2023, at 6:00 p.m.  Admission is $5.00 per person.

All proceeds go directly toward the scholarships given to the DYW participants each year. The scholarship program will distribute at least $5,000.00 at the conclusion of the program to honor the high school senior women who are participating from Bedford North Lawrence High School and Mitchell High School. 

Lawrence County’s Participants include:

Andrea Williams

Andrea is the daughter of Autume Williams and a student at Mitchell High School. She aspires to attend Butler University and follow the path to Speech Pathology as a career.

Jocelyn Allen

Daughter of Jessica and Jim Allen, Jocelyn is a student at Mitchell High School, and she plans to attend Purdue University upon her graduation, following her goals to find a career in Pharmacy work.

Madalyn Spires

Daughter of Joseph and Shannon Spires, Madalyn attends Bedford North Lawrence High School, and aims to graduate and move to Indiana University for higher-education. There she plans to pursue a career in marketing.

Jillian Bond 

Daughter of Jeff and Sarah Bond, Jillian attends Mitchell High School but has prepared various higher-education selections for her graduation. Ball State, Alabama, or Ole Miss are her Universities of choice. Wherever she chooses, Elementary Education is the goal.

Lila Bodkins

Daughter of Joni and Steve Bodkins, Lila is another student at Mitchell High School, but her plans for the future take her out of state to the University of Cincinnati. Her career plans include being a JAG (Judge Advocate General) attorney in the United States Air Force and eventually becoming a judge.

Ava Bunch 

Daughter of Michael and Jessica Bellush, and Kristen and Lance Bunch, Ava attends Bedford North Lawrence High School, but aims to join the Boilermakers at Purdue University beyond high school. She wants to pursue Pre-Veterinary Medicine.

How scoring works

Participants scores are comprised of scholastics – the participants’ grades and ACT/SAT scores – (25%), an interview (25%), fitness routine (15%), self-expression (15%), and creative and performing arts (20%). 50% of the participants’ scores take place off-stage and before the program. Lawrence County Distinguished  Young Woman 2024 will compete in Indiana’s Distinguished Young Woman in February 2024. 

The Board of Directors of Lawrence County DYW would like to thank its sponsors. This program would not be possible without their generosity. 


  • Bedford Tri Kappa
  • Bedford Lions Club
  • Bedford Federal Savings Bank 
  • Gold 
  • Dr. and Mrs. Douglas Weir 
  • Mr. David George 
  • Mr. and Mrs. Steve Warren 
  • Keach and Grove 
  • Mr. and Mrs. Brad Menaugh 
  • Silver
  • Ms. Karen Reuter
  • Day and Carter Mortuary
  • Mitchell Tri Kappa 
  • Mr. and Mrs. Victor Makximenko
  • Mr. Bob Jones
  • Ms. Julie Hewetson

Distinguished Young Women

DYW, formerly known as Junior Miss, was founded in 1958 in Mobile, Alabama. Distinguished Young Women is the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls. For more than 50 years, the program was known as America’s Junior Miss. 

In 2010, it officially changed its name to Distinguished Young Women. Last year, DYW made more than $1 billion in cash tuition and college-granted scholarships available nationally. Along with cash scholarships, Distinguished Young Women participants are eligible for college-granted scholarships from over 100 colleges and universities.

Last year, participants received more than $2.1 million in cash scholarships through our programs across the nation.