10 competing for 'Distinguished Young Woman'
Annual program Saturday night in PHS auditorium
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 12:00 AM
Ten junior girls from Philadelphia and Neshoba Central high schools will compete Saturday night for the coveted title of Distinguished Young Woman of Neshoba County for 2015.
"Hollywood Stars" will be the theme of the program on Saturday beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Philadelphia High School auditorium.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. for ticket sales. Tickets will be $15 for adults, $8 for students and program books, $5 each.
Contestants are Madison Hailey Pike, Devna Bose, Libby Li, Hannah Laurel Smith, Kayla Dawn Cole, Lee Elizabeth Bowen, Kinsey Meshea Gentry, Anujna Sunil, Taylor Leigh Phillips and Carly Blake Gensheimer.
Miss Pike is the daughter of Erica Flake and Mitchell Pike. She is a student at Neshoba Central High School.
For her talent she will do a Broadway Musical Theater dance.
Her interests include ballet, jazz and tap dance, reading, local and foreign missions, Philadelphia-Neshoba County Arts Council theater, cross country running and singing.
Miss Bose is the daughter of Ranjana and Subhashish Bose. A student at Philadelphia High School, she will present a piano solo for her talent competition.
She enjoys playing the guitar, flute, piccolo and piano, writing, painting, reading, traveling and photography.
Miss Li is the daughter of Sue and YuYuan Li. She attends Philadelphia High School. Her talent will be a Pointe Ballet.
Her interests include tennis, sketching, yearbook staff and playing the clarinet in the band.
Miss Smith is the daughter of Laura and Bobby Smith. The Philadelphia High School student will present a French horn solo during the talent competition.
She enjoys listening to all kinds of music, reading the Bible and learning, writing ideas and thoughts down in her journal, talking to friends about their troubles, running and planting things and watching them grow.
Miss Cole is the daughter of Anona Cole and Timothy Cole. Her talent will be a dance, color guard presentation.
Her interests include making things, hanging out with friends, traveling, photography, driving and doing hair and makeup.
Miss Bowen is the daughter of Mendy and John Bowen. A Neshoba Central High School student, she will do a jazz dance for her talent presentation.
She enjoys her Bethsaida Baptist youth group, spending time with family and friends, writing, riding four-wheelers, hunting and dancing.
Miss Gentry is the daughter of Marley and Jason Gentry. The Philadelphia High School student will do a vocal presentation during the talent competition.
She enjoys singing Christian songs, painting/drawing on canvases, working with animals at Hicks Animal Hospital, jumping on trampolines and cooking with family.
Miss Sunil is the daughter of Rashmi and Sunil Kumar. The Neshoba Central High School student will present a color guard with dance for her talent competition.
Her interests include running, swimming, reading, playing the flute, spending time with family and hanging out with friends.
Miss Phillips is the daughter of Dena and Thomas Phillips. A student at Neshoba Central, she will do an acro-jazz dance routine during the talent competition.
She enjoys spending time with family, swimming, running, singing and riding horses.
Miss Gensheimer is the daughter of Brandy and David McCoy. A student at Neshoba Central, she will present a baton twirling during the talent competition.
She likes reading, video editing/creating, photography/photo editing, baton, playing games on her Kindle and listening to music.
The 2014 Distinguished Young Woman of Neshoba County is Tiarra Keylee Black, daughter of Jowaski and Tina Black.
Molly Bailey and Miss Black will entertain during the program.