Natalie Lawson Recognized as 2014 Distinguished Young Woman of Florida

Natalie Lawson, Fort Walton Beach High School, was recognized at the February 24th School Board meeting for being named the Distinguished Young Woman of Florida.

Distinguished Young Women of Florida is an official state preliminary of Distinguished Young Women, a national scholarship program that promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership and talent in young women.  In addition to earning scholarships for college, those who participate in the Distinguished Young Women program develop friendships, self-confidence and other life skills that pave the way for future success.  The Distinguished Young Women experience is open to every eligible young woman and there is no cost to participate.

The competition for scholarships begins at the local level.  Participants from each of the 10 local programs advance to the state competition in Winter Garden, Florida, where a panel of five judges will select one representative to advance to the annual National Finals competition.

State representatives from all 50 states will travel to the historic port city of Mobile, Alabama, for the 57th Annual Distinguished Young Women National Finals, June 26-28, 2014. They will spend two weeks getting to know outstanding girls from across the country, engaging in community service and team development activities, and preparing for the National Finals competition. All state representatives will compete for a share of more than $130,000 in cash scholarships and the opportunity to represent the national program as the Distinguished Young Woman of America.

Natalie is pictured above with Fort Walton Beach High School Principal, Charlene Couvillon; School Board Member Dewey Destin; her parents, Charles & Mia Lawson; and Superintendent of Schools Mary Beth Jackson.

For more information on the Distinguished Young Women of Florida program, please click here.