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Hornsby named Elmore County Junior Miss


Tallassee High School had several representatives at the annual Junior Miss pageant.

Carly Hornsby, a senior at Tallassee High School, was named “Distinguished Young Woman” of Elmore County on Saturday night.  She will go on to compete in the statewide Junior Miss competition.  Carly was a finalist in the Scholastics, Interview, Talent, and Self-Expression categories, as well. 

Tallassee’s Lexi Love and Emma Kate Holley were the winners of the Fitness category. Lexi also won with her Essay. 

Junior Miss was founded in 1958 as a way to reward the accomplishments of high school senior girls seeking to pursue higher education.  It is organized by the Jaycees and is also known as the Distinguished Young Woman competition.

Distinguished Young Women is the largest and oldest scholarship program of its kind for high school girls. With scholarship, leadership and talent as its overarching theme, Distinguished Young Women has drawn over 775,000 young women to compete in the program at the local, state and national level and $112 million in cash scholarships has been awarded to deserving young women.

Notable alumnae of the organization include former ABC World News Tonight anchor Diane Sawyer; Deborah Norville, the host of “Inside Edition”; “Will and Grace” star Debra Messing; and violinist and YouTube sensation Lindsey Stirling. 

Participants compete in the categories of Interview (25%), Scholastics (25%), Talent (20%), Fitness (15%), and Self-Expression (15%). Each year the Distinguished Young Women program gives out over $1 billion dollars in scholarships.