County DYW director named, program date set
Published 6:00 pm Tuesday, August 15, 2023
With the departure Escambia County’s Distinguised Young Woman’s long-time directors, Molly Barnett Tate and Suzanne Barnett, the 2023 program hung in the balance.
A new director has been named and plans are in place to continue the program with a Sept. 23 event to select the new DYW for Escambia County.
Cami Frazier Morley, a Brewton native, will be taking on the role as director and is jumping into the program quickly.
“I’m so excited to carry out the DYW mission to positively impact the lives of young women in our community.,” Morley said. “I am happy to be leading the program this year.”
DYW is open to any senior high school girl in the county and will name a winner in the scholarship program at it’s program set next month.
Elora Waters, a 2023 graduate of T.R. Miller High School, is the current Escambia County DYW and will pass her reign to a new young woman during ceremonies held on the night of the program’s conclusion for the year.
Waters is currently doing research psychology with the Honors College at Auburn University. She will be assisting Ms. Morley and helping the participants in preparation for the program.
Registration is now underway. Those interested in participating may visit the website at www.https://distinguishedyw.org/alabama/escambia-county or send an email to Escambia@DistinguishedYW.org to register or get further information.
Morley was a 1994 graduate of T.R. Miller High School and the 1994 Escambia County Junior Miss as well as winner of the Scholastic Achievement and Creative and Performing Arts categories. She used her awarded scholarship money while attending Jefferson Davis Community College for her Associates Degree in Nursing and Auburn University for her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. She has worked in Medical/Surgical ICU’s and Cardiovascular ICU’s as a Registered Nurse in Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia, worked as a Legal Nurse Consultant with several law firms in the metro Atlanta area, and is currently a Nursing House Supervisor at D.W. McMillan Hospital in Brewton.
Distinguished Young Women, formerly America’s Junior Miss, was founded in 1958 as a way to reward the accomplishments of high school senior girls seeking to pursue higher education. While modest in its beginnings, Distinguished Young Women grew and remains today the largest and oldest scholarship program of its kind for high school girls. With scholarship, leadership and talent as its overarching theme, Distinguished Young Women has drawn over 780,000 young women to compete in the program at the local, state and national level and $118 million in cash scholarships has been awarded to deserving young women.
Distinguished Young Women is a unique program which combines the opportunity to earn college scholarships with professional development and Life Skills training to prepare young women for life after high school.
DYM Mission: To empower young women to develop their full, individual potential by providing scholarships, personal development opportunities and a positive peer network.