Cox gets set for state DYW

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By John Overby

When Amanda Cox entered the local Distinguished Young Women event this past year, she had only one expectation: have fun.

But, in a moment that “completely humbled” her, Cox’s name was called as the victor. And now that she will be competing in the statewide contest next week, she hopes to take that same mindset in with her

“I’m just so excited about all the people I’ll meet,” Cox said, “and I know the whole experience will be great. I’m just looking to make some great memories and hopefully build some strong friendships.”

Cox described the DYW program as “awesome,” saying that the most impressive part of the contest is that it is not strictly a pageant.

“It’s really about who you are,” Cox said. “It’s about being confident about what’s inside, and I feel like that’s an incredibly important thing for anyone.”

The state competition will begin when Cox arrives in Lexington next Sunday, followed by “a long week” of rehearsal before the first preliminary round begins on Friday, Jan. 17.

It is then that Cox will perform her fitness routine—which she has been perfecting every day for the past two-and-a-half months—and self-expression portion of the contest.

On Saturday afternoon, day two of preliminaries begin, and it is in this stage that Cox will perform her talent, which is where she will be performing Andante con variazioni by Beethoven on the piano.

Later that night, the top 10 contestants will be announced, and the finalists will compete in the same categories again. The only difference in this round will be in the self-expression section, where the final competitors will this time be required to answer a question on the spot.

To be fully prepared for the grueling week ahead, Cox has been practicing every possible aspect for the DYW program—from correct posture to walking in high heels—in order to represent Washington County the best she can.

“Having the opportunity to promote Washington County feels great,” Cox said. “Not a lot of people have heard of Washington County. It’s kind of a small place, so I want to be able to represent them well. It just a real honorable thing to represent them like this.”

But whatever happens at the state level, Cox knows that winning the local DYW will be a hard act to follow, calling it her “shining moment.”

“I’ll never forget winning locally because I wasn’t expecting to win it,” Cox said. “It caught me completely off guard. I was just there to have fun, but they ended up calling my name. It was one of the best feelings I’ve ever had.”

The 2014 Distinguished Young Women of Kentucky competition will take place Jan. 17-18 at the Singletary Center for the Arts in Lexington. For tickets information, call (859) 257-4929 or visit http://finearts.uky.edu/events/singletary-center/distinguished-young-wom....

Anyone wishing to send cards, flowers and gifts can send them in c/o Amanda Cox; 4128 Rainwater Circle Lexington, Ky. 40515.