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Price takes top honors for fitness

Published 11:57am Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Anna Lee Price represented Tallapoosa County in the Distinguished Young Women of Alabama program and took home top honors in the physical fitness category.

“She represented our county really well,” said Barbara Yates, Tallapoosa County program director. “Anna Lee is a very wholesome young lady, and we couldn’t be more proud of her.”

Price competed against 52 other contestants in the Distinguished Young Women program, formerly known as Junior Miss, and won the physical fitness preliminary.

“Only about 12 girls received awards,” Price said. “So I was very honored to win the physical fitness preliminary.”

Price said Distinguished Young Women is a scholarship program that focuses on contestants’ scholastic achievements, talents and leadership.

“It’s different from a beauty pageant,” Price said. “It focuses on grades and gets to know the contestants beyond their appearances.”

According to the Distinguished Young Women program’s website, contestants’ scores are based 20 percent on scholastics, 25 percent on interview, 25 percent on talent competition, 15 percent on fitness and 15 percent on self-expression.

The Alabama program was held Jan. 18 and 19 in Montgomery, and contestants spent the week before rehearsing.

“We lived with host families,” Price said. “We couldn’t have any communication with anyone outside the pageant. We didn’t have cell phones or Internet access, but we got to do so many things as a group. It was so much fun.”

She said her favorite part of participating in Distinguished Young Women was meeting new people.

“The best part of the entire experience was getting to meet 51 other girls from around the state,” Price said. “I feel like they’re my best friends. They are amazing girls and it was an amazing experience.”

Price said winning the physical fitness preliminary and county program earned her more than $1,000 in scholarship money that she plans to use to attend the University of Alabama in the fall.