SHS student to compete in scholastic competition

Abigail Musser, 17, will compete in the Distinguished Young Woman of Mississippi competition on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The scholastic-based competition awards scholarships to contestants who score the highest. Musser is the Distinguished Young Woman of Starkville for 2018. (Submitted photo)
Staff Writer

Starkville High School student Abigail Musser, 17, is participating in a statewide scholarship competition, representing her hometown as the Distinguished Young Woman of Starkville for 2018. On Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday at 8 p.m., Musser will compete for the position of Distinguished Young Woman of Mississippi, and the winner will be announced on Saturday.

The competition is taking place at Evangel Temple in Meridian. During the ceremony on Saturday, $28,900 in college scholarships will be awarded to participants. There are 32 high school girls from all over the state participating in the Distinguished Young Woman of Mississippi competition. A panel of judges will evaluate them in scholastics, interview, talent, fitness and self-expression.

Distinguished Young Women of Starkville Chairperson Susan Keith said 50 percent of the contestants' scores will rely on a 10-minute interview with a panel of five judges and their score in the scholastic category.

"For the scholastic portion, a panel of academic people judge their transcript and any extracurricular activities that are considered academic," Keith said.

Musser has spent the first half of this week in Meridian with other contestants, preparing for the competition. The contestants began rehearsing on Monday, practicing their fitness routine and opening performance for the show.

For her on-stage talent, Musser will perform "Czardas" by Vittorio Monti on the violin. The talent, fitness routine and self-expression categories will take place on stage during the competition.

"Distinguished Young Women encourages young women to be their best and most unique self," Keith said. "It's not about beauty, it's about who you are. The competition rewards the girl for her character and her scholastics."