Avian Joanna Brown takes home Bartow Distinguished Young Woman honors
by John DeFoor
Feb 12, 2012 | 3379 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The winner of the title Distinguished Young Woman of Bartow County — Avian Joanna Brown — plays "Czardas" and "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" on her violen for the talent portion of the event.
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Saturday evening, seven high school juniors from Bartow County competed for the title of Distinguished Young Woman of Bartow County at The Grand Theatre and for scholarship money.

The winner of the event was Avian Joanna Brown from North Cobb Christian School.

"I'm ecstatic, I can't believe I just won," Brown said after she received the title. "I think [Distinguished Young Woman of Bartow County] is very important because I am someone in the community who represents a lot of girls just like me."

"It will help Avian tremendously with scholarships," said Myra Hufstetler, program director. "She will have a lot of opportunities to get involved in a lot of different things like [last year's winner] Mary-Clayton [Gilbert] and girls before her."

Participants in the competition presented their abilities Saturday night in areas of talent, fitness, and self-expression. The girls' abilities in scholastics and interviewing was conducted previous to the event.

Along with her $1,300 scholarship, Brown also received the Spirit of Distinguished Young Women Award, a scholastic award, a talent award, and a self expression award.

For the talent portion of the night, Brown played a violin rendition of "Czardas" by Vittorio Monti and "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" by Charlie Daniels.

"It was actually a piece that I did for chapel at my school. I just really wanted to incorporate it into my talent because I think it's something everyone knows and everyone would recognize and that would be a real crowd-pleaser."

The First Honoree Scholarship Award was given to Jacqueline Glass from Woodland High School. Second Honoree was awarded to Abby Kollhoff from Woodland High School. The Be Your Best Self Award was given to Courtney Fox who attends Excel Christian Academy.

Other participants in the pageant included Kandace Connell, Woodland High School; Amber Leker, Adairsville High School; and Sarah Beth Jenkins, Woodland High School.

"I thought the girls were all amazing," Hufstetler said. "I went backstage before we announced the awards and gave all of them big hugs and told them how proud I was of them. I've been to a lot of programs and all the girls really stepped up tonight. They did their best in every single category and I just couldn't be prouder of them. Avian is just a representative of this whole group."

Brown will move on to the state competition this summer where she will compete for a chance to become Bartow County's fifth state winner and to further fund her college education.

"I've got a lot of work to do but I'm ready," Brown said."