Suzanna Horn
Suzanna Horn
This is a busy week for Suzanna Joy Horn as she and 32 other high school juniors from around the state are preparing as contestants of the 2020 Distinguished Young Women of Mississippi Program.

Horn is representing Neshoba County in the program which is being hosted in Meridian at the Evangel Temple. Preliminary rounds will be held Thursday and Friday night, and the Top 10 will be named Saturday night. From there, the Distinguished Young Woman for Mississippi will be determined. She will advance to the national program in Mobile, Ala., later this summer.

“I will perform my talent on Thursday and I will do self-expression and physical fitness on Friday,” Horn said. “The exercise is challenging because it doesn’t come natural. But I have been practicing and hopefully I will represent Neshoba County well.”

For her talent, she will give a vocal presentation of “Rise” by Katy Perry. She is the daughter of Tom and Laura Horn.

Horn along with the other contestants arrived in Meridian Sunday. There was a reception and she met her host family and roommate along with the other contestants.

“I am trying to remember everybody’s name,” Horn said. “It was a great experience, meeting all of these new people and having a good time.”

The contestants will spend most of their day through Wednesday, practicing for program. There will also be different receptions and events for them to attend during the evening.

Horn will be a senior at Neshoba Central this fall. She said she is looking forward to her senior year.

“I have been looking forward to being a senior since I was a freshman,” said Horn. “It will be my final go-round in high school. We’ll be the big dogs.”

In addition to her studies, Horn is involved in FBLA, Beta Club and engineering and robotics program. She is on the tennis team. She was in chorus last year but a scheduling conflict will keep her from doing it this year.

She plans to attend Ole Miss and major in biomedical engineering.

Horn did not know that much about the Distinguished Young Woman program until she attended the local competition the year before. That made her want to get involved.

The state program, which is held each summer in Meridian, is now in its 63rd year celebrating and spotlighting outstanding achievements of the state’s best and brightest high school girls. This year’s contenders will compete for more than $28,900 in college scholarships.