Ramsey named 2013 DYW winner
Barkley “Nolie” Ramsey was named the 2013 Distinguished Young Women of Marengo County on Friday night. She attends Thomasville High School and is the daughter of Dallas Ramsey and Emily Tyler.
When asked how she felt as she heard her name called, Nolie Ramsey said, “In my mind, I was like ‘Yes!’” she said. “All I could think was thank goodness, I have worked so hard for this.”
Also claiming the title in the talent and scholastic achievement categories, Ramsey claimed $3,250 in scholarship money on Saturday night.
Ramsey, dressed in a red gown, graced the stage along with eight other young women for the program, which was held in the Demopolis High School auditorium.
After performing a dynamic piano solo to the selection, “Butterflies and Hurricanes,” Ramsey said she loved the talent segment the most.
“I felt like it was my time to shine,” she said. “I like someone to see something when I play.”
Moving forward, Ramsey will represent the county at the statewide competition and said she looks forward to attending state with her best friend Meghan Newton, who won DYW in Clarke County.
“I am very proud of the other girls,” she said. “I know they worked really hard.”
The list of winners are as follows: Nolie Ramsey, DYW winner; Summer Horshok, DYW first alternate; and Sutton Aiken, second alternate.
The DYW winner received $1,750, the first alternate received $1,300 and the second alternate received $1,000 in scholarships.
The category winners are: Sutton Aiken, self-expression winner; Nolie Ramsey, self-expression alternate; Nolie Ramsey, scholarship achievement winner; Alexis Jones, scholarship achievement alternate; Nolie Ramsey, talent winner; Summer Horshok, talent alternate; Victoria Washburn, physical fitness winner; and Summer Horshok, physical fitness alternate. Taylor Barley won the Spirit of DYW award.
Each category winner received $600 and the alternate received $300 scholarships. The Spirit of DYW award winner won $850.
Also participating in the program were Chandler Hope Moore, Rachel Elizabeth Gavin and Shannon Sierra Pittman.