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February 13, 2013

Leland wins fitness competition at state pageant

ROCKY MOUNT — GREENSBORO — Tarboro’s Janie Leland, the 2012 Distinguished Young Woman of Edgecombe County, was a winner in the fitness competition during the 2013 Distinguished Young Woman of North Carolina scholarship pageant completed Saturday night in Greensboro.

Amie Sessoms of Rutherford County was named as the winner and will receive a $10,000 cash scholarship to the college of her choice, the state Distinguished Young Woman medallion and an all expense paid trip to Mobile, Ala. for the Distinguished Young Women national finals to be held June 27-29. Miss Sessoms was also a preliminary winner in Self-Expression, Talent, Judges’ Interview, Fitness and Scholastics. All preliminary awards provide recipients an additional $200 in cash scholarships for each judging category.

Brianna Birchett of Buncombe County was named First Finalist and received a $3,000 cash scholarship. She also received preliminary awards in Talent and Interview.

The Second Finalist named was Alisha Little of Wake County. She received a $2,000 cash scholarship. In addition, she was recognized in the preliminary category of Interview and Fitness.

The North Carolina program is in its 54th year and has been providing scholarships to deserving high school senior women from across the state since its inception. The five areas of judging are: Scholastics, Interview, Fitness, Self-Expression and Talent. The 2012 North Carolina representative, Christina Maxwell is the current Distinguished Young Woman of America.

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