Sessoms representing Rutherford in Distinguished Young Woman

Feb. 02, 2013 @ 06:38 AM

Amie Sessoms of Forest City is representing Rutherford County in the 2013 Distinguished Young Women (DYW)  of North Carolina Scholarship Program in Greensboro. Sessoms, 17, and a senior at East Rutherford, arrived in Greensboro Friday to begin a week long journey that will culminate next weekend with the winner.

In its 54th year, the program — formerly known as North Carolina Junior Miss — will be held Friday, Feb. 8 and Saturday, Feb. 9. The program has been providing scholarships and making a difference in the lives of high senior school girls from all across the state. The event takes place at Greensboro War Memorial Auditorium at 7 p.m. both nights.

Sessoms went to the DYW last year and saw first hand the excitement of the week. She'll be spending next week visiting schools and encouraging students to be the best they can be.

"I feel like it's a glimpse what what college will be like. . . and I am excited to meet amazing new people," Sessoms said before leaving for Greensboro.

Sessoms said she's practiced diligently for the scholarship program.

"But all the hard work has been worth it because I wanted to go to State as prepared as I could be," she said. "My expectations are to "simply do my best. I know that I have prepared the best I possibly could and knowing this, I will be so happy wth my performances because I know it will be the best I can give."

For the talent presentation, Sessoms will dance to "Note to God" choreographed by Macie Strickland and in

addition to talent, Sessoms will compete in the other fitness, self-expression, talent, interview and scholastics. 

Sessoms said she has always strived to be the best she can be, which is the overall theme of the DYW program.

"I've learned that God made us all unique and different for a reason," she said. "I believe everything I have accomplished thus far, is a result of staying true to myself and all that God has blessed with me."

She said being a participant in the program has taught her more about being the best she can be."The entire program no longer becomes a competition, and all of the girls become supportive and encourating of one another," Sessoms said.

Sessoms is the daughter of Brian and Sallie Sessoms. She has a younger brother,David,and younger sister, Katie.

Besides dancing, Sessoms enjoys working with younger children and as her senior project at East Rutherford, she worked with students in Playing for Keeps program at Ellenboro Elementry on literacy and helped them publish a book.

"I would also just like to say the DYW Committee here in Rutherford County has a saying, 'A winner is not chosen from a group of representatives, but a representative, is chosen from a group of winners.' Everyone that participates in this program is a winner. . .They make each girl that comes in contact with the program feel like a winner." 

Sessoms will join 15 other high school seniors from across the state in competition. The participants are: Sarah Albritton, Kinston-Greene County; Brianna Birchett, Buncombe County; Meredith Davis, Rocky Mount; Molly Glover, Wayne County; Sarah Goodnight, Rowan-Carbarrus County; Morgan Harrison, Lenoir County; Kay Holler, Roxboro; Layne Jenkins, Jones/Onslow; Janie Leland, Edgecombe County; Alisha Little, Wake County; Ashton Mizell, Johnston County; Elizabeth Romary, Pitt County; Amie Sessoms, Rutherford County; Alex Tant, Roanoke Valley and Eboni Wiley, Rockingham County.

The State DYW program will award $20,000 in cash scholarships. The young woman awarded the state title will compete at the national level of Distinguished Young Women in Mobile, Alabama in June. 

Christina Maxwell of Asheville was named Distinguished Young Woman of North Carolina at last year’s program, she went on to be named Distinguished Young Woman of America at the national competition in Mobile, Ala.last June.