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Taylor is named 2019 Distinguished Young Woman

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Cheering filled the gymnasium as Kate Taylor was named the 2019 Distinguished Young Woman of Washington County.

“I’m still in shock, this is a dream come true,” Taylor said after receiving the award. “I’ve waited all my life for this moment.”

Taylor, the daughter of Dan and Anne Margaret Taylor, said it’s a family tradition, as her cousins have won the past two years.

“I had very big shoes to fill,” she said.

Taylor said she wasn’t feeling good after the talent portion of the evening, but her mom and backstage moms gave her lots of support.

She said the win would not have been possible without the support of the entire county, her friends, mom and dad, as well as her cousins Sarah Downs and Elizabeth Medley, who took the stage before her in years past.

From here, Taylor will learn a new piano piece for the state program at the Singletary Center in Lexington on Jan. 12-13, 2019.

This year’s first runner up was Lydia Smith, the daughter of Jason and Karen Smith. The second runner up was Lizzie Riley, the daughter of Brandon Riley and Christina Phillippi. The third runner up was Maddie Pettus, daughter of Bill and Dawn Pettus.

The Be Your Best Self Award recipient was Kate Moore, the daughter of Mark and Jane.

The Spirit award went to Trinity Baker, the daughter of Derek and Christy Baker.

Kate Taylor and Lizzy Riley won awards for fitness and self expression.

Katilyn Hale, the daughter of Darrel and Teri Hale, won an award for talent, as did Maddie Pettus.

Kate Taylor and Lydia Smith won awards for their interviews.

The preliminary scholastics winner was Haylee Graves, the daughter of Tracy and Maegan Graves and the overall scholastics winner was Lydia Smith.

All participants were offered scholarships.