Purdom prepares for state DYW

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By Brandon Mattingly



Washington County senior Beth Purdom already looks back on her Distinguished Young Women of Washington County pageant victory in June with very fond memories, but in less than two weeks, she’ll be hoping to relay that success to the next level of competition.

On Jan. 11-12, Purdom will be among more than 30 participants at the Singletary Center for the Arts in Lexington vying for a spot to be crowned the 2013 Distinguished Young Woman of Kentucky. She said she’s ready to take on the next challenge.
“I am extremely excited,” Purdom said. “There’s a lot of anticipation and it’s almost here and I’m very excited to go.”
It’s been more than six months since she won the county honor, but the night that got her to this point is a vivid reminder of what she’s competing for.
“It was probably the most excited I’ve ever been,” she said of being named Washington County’s representative. “All of the hard work had paid off and it was an amazing feeling that I don’t think you can experience anywhere else.”
Purdom said she has been preparing for this competition for months and plans to sing Faith Hill’s “There You’ll Be,” which was featured in the movie Pearl Harbor, for the talent portion of the pageant.
Anyone familiar with the process will notice there’s a new element to this year’s competition that brings a little more hometown flavor than in the past and Purdom said she is particularly excited to share in that.
“There’s a new segment called the “My Town” segment,” she said. “You actually have to say something unique about your county, so that’s pretty cool that I get to talk about Washington County a little bit. I’ve been preparing something for that.”
While past participants won’t be able to give pointers on what to expect with the newest additions to the competition, Purdom said she’s been in touch with the 2012 Distinguished Young Woman of Washington County, Lizzy Graves, and that has helped put her in the right mindset.
“I’ve talked to her several times and she’s been a great help,” Purdom said. “Mostly, she said to just go and enjoy it and don’t put too much pressure on myself because it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
Purdom was understandably emotional back in June when her name was called to represent Washington County at the state competition, so what would a state-wide win mean to the WCHS senior?
“Oh gosh, I can’t even imagine,” she said. “Winning the county program was a dream come true and if I was able to go up there and achieve something like that, it would be icing on the cake.”
The preliminary rounds of the program will be held on Friday, Jan. 11 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 12 at 1:30 p.m. The finals will be at 8 p.m. on that Saturday at the Singletary Center.
For ticket information, call (859) 257-4929, or stop by the Singletary Center.