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McKenna Lewis was moved to tears Saturday night when she was selected as this year’s Distinguished Young Woman of Anderson County.
“I’m overwhelmed,” said Lewis. “It’s something I promised my grandpa I would do before he died. There’s no better feeling than knowing I made him proud.”
Lewis competed against seven other contestants: Allison Adams, Rebekah Cardwell, NaKayla Turner, Sydney Jessee, Tess Taylor, Jacy Isaacs and Megan Sparrow.
Lewis’s grandfather, Robert L. “Bobby” Hyatt, who passed away in May, was honored Saturday for his many years of support for the Distinguished Young Women program.
“He was like a program dad to every girl,” said Dawn Bogie, Distinguished Young Woman committee member. “You can’t mention junior miss without thinking about Nancye and Bobby Hyatt.”
Meredith Hyatt Lewis, McKenna Lewis’s mother, said she also helped out with the program for many years and often took her daughter along to practices when she was young.
“She grew up in this program,” said Meredith Hyatt Lewis. “We’re so proud. It’s bittersweet because this program was so dear to my dad. I know dad is watching over McKenna.”
Lewis received a $1,500 scholarship from local contributors including Lea H. Fowler DMD, David and Glenda Bogie, The Animal Clinic, Woody Phillips Photography, Gash Memorial Chapel, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 34 and the Lawrenceburg Pierian Woman’s Club.
For winning the competition, Lewis was also given the following scholarship opportunities: $3,000 per year at Campbellsville University, $3,000 per year at Kentucky Wesleyan College, up to half tuition per year for four years from Lindsey Wilson College and $4,000 from the Galen College of Nursing.
Lewis will be a senior at Anderson County High School this year. She hopes to study music therapy in college. She said she hopes she can help people heal through music.
“Music is something I’m very passionate about,” she said.
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