Springville's Gossett named DYW for 2013
by Gary Hanner
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From left to right are Kelsey Lovell, first runner-up; Lacey Gossett, 2013 DYW of St. Clair County; and Jennifer Peoples, second runner-up.
From left to right are Kelsey Lovell, first runner-up; Lacey Gossett, 2013 DYW of St. Clair County; and Jennifer Peoples, second runner-up.
Springville’s Lacey Gossett was named the 2013 Distinguished Young Woman of St. Clair County Saturday.

Gossett claimed $3,100 in cash scholarships for winning the local DYW. She will go on and represent St. Clair County at the DYW of Alabama State Program Jan. 18-19, 2013, at Frazer United Methodist Church, Wesley Hall in Montgomery.

Gossett was one of two winners in the following categories: Fitness, Self-Expression, Interview and Talent, which won her an additional $1,200 in cash scholarships.

As the local DYW, Gossett also receives a two-year scholarship to Jefferson State Community College, worth $10,000.

“I am so honored to have this opportunity,” Gossett said. “It will be an honor to represent this county at the state program next January. It is exciting to know I have won all this scholarship money and have been given the opportunity to represent St. Clair County.”

Gossett said she was so proud of the county program.

“They all do a wonderful job and everyone is so supportive,” Gossett said. “The competition was awesome. Everyone did such a great job.

I enjoyed the time I spent with the other nine girls. I am so proud of each of them, and they are all winners.”

Gossett is the 17-year-old daughter of Tom and Debbie Gossett of Springville.

Debbie Gossett said she was so proud because she knows Lacey has worked so hard.

“For several months, she has worked hard preparing for this,” Debbie Gossett said. “Practicing her fitness, practicing the piano over and over again. Everybody was wonderful and all the girls did a great job. We are just grateful she has the chance to compete at the state level.”

Tom Gossett said the night was outstanding and incredible.

“She has worked incredibly hard,” Mr. Gossett said. “It has been a long road for her, and this year is going to be amazing for her. She will get so much experience from this, and it will help her on through life. The scholarship money helps out a whole lot.”

Odenville’s Kelsey Lovell finished first runner-up and received $1,000 in cash scholarships. Lovell also won the Fitness, Self-Expression and Scholastics categories and an additional $800 in cash scholarships.

“I was so surprised, but so happy,” Lovell said. “This has been the experience of a lifetime. I was so excited and proud of what I had accomplished.”

Finishing second runner-up was Odenville’s Jennifer Peoples. She received $800 in cash scholarships for her third place finish. Peoples also finished first in Talent and Be Your Best Self Essay categories, an additional $550 in cash scholarships.

“It feels great just to be in this experience,” Peoples said. “It is so empowering to be able to be with these other women. I am just so thankful for this opportunity.”

Other winners included Hannah Logan, first in Interview that was worth $350 in cash scholarships; Kayla Pilkington, first in Scholastics that was worth $300 in cash scholarships, and Kaylyn Pate, the winner of the Spirit Award that was worth $200 in cash scholarships.

All total, the DYW program awarded $8.300 in cash scholarships.

St. Clair’s DYW co-chair Melissa Adkins said she is so proud of Lacey and all the participants.

“They are a wonderful group of young ladies, and they did everything we asked,” Adkins said. “Lacey will represent us well as our DYW. She will represent this county well, and will represent us well at the state program in January.

“We look forward to helping her prepare for state and cheering her on once she arrives in Montgomery.”

Contact Gary Hanner at ghanner@thestclairtimes.com.

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