BY JODI CAMP
FSHS Senior Meredith Raby, winner of the local Distinguished Young Women competition in Simpson County will compete in the state competition on Jan. 10-11 in Lexington, Kentucky.
"I decided to do DYW, my mom had participated in Allen County's Junior Miss program a while ago, and she's always talked about what a good experience it was and the friends she made and the confidence she gained from interviewing and going out on stage and talking about herself," Raby said. "I think that kind of inspired me to want to do the local program here."
Raby said she has been practicing the fitness routine and the opening number with other representatives from the other counties, which she said, has been extremely helpful.
She said she has set a few goals for herself during the competition like being able to complete 10 pushups and go all the way down and come all the way back up.
"I also set a goal to make new friends and get out of my comfort zone," Raby said.
Her talent at the local DYW competition was a monologue from the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown from Sally at the end of the movie, but for state she will be doing a lyrical dance to "Titanium" covered by Madilyn Baily. Carrie Cook, from All Starz Dance Academy choreographed her routine.
"I considered doing other styles but after talking to Carrie and my mom we figured that lyrical is my strong suit," Raby said. "She pushed me to be my best."
Brownie Bennett, committee member of DYW, said that while she will not be able to attend the competition, other members from DYW will be there and will update the community through social media.
"I think Meredith is going to do great and she is going to represent us well," she said.
Raby will compete in activities on Friday night, Saturday during the day and Saturday night.
The winner of the state program will go on to the National program in Mobile, Alabama and compete against representatives from the other 49 states.
Care packages and good luck cards can be sent to Meredith Raby via her host family, Carl and Mckenzie Walter, 2141 Island Drive, Lexington, Kentucky 40502.