Katie King, 2013-2014 Distinguished Young Woman (DYW) of Edgecombe County, is leaving Tarboro today for a 10-day stay in Greensboro leading up to the statewide DYW competition.
“I’m going there for the experience and to have a really great time,” King said.
She is the daughter of Jimmie and Kimberly King and a senior at Tarboro High School. King will compete with 19 other high-school seniors from all over the state at 7 p.m. Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 in the Greensboro War Memorial Auditorium. The DYW of North Carolina program, formerly known as North Carolina Junior Miss, plans to award $22,000 in cash scholarships to finalists and preliminary winners.
To King, the DYW program is about “gaining confidence and gaining friendships and just being your best self in general.”
Since she was named DYW of Edgecombe County on March 2, 2013, King said she has matured as a person and gotten to know others better, as well. She now has the confidence to approach people and start conversations, something she was usually too shy to do in the past.
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