Distinguished Young Woman


-Misty Woods

-Misty Woods

Leah Bussey packed up her clothes in July for talent, physical fitness, and judges interview and drove to Montgomery to compete for Blount County’s Distinguished Young Woman.

Her journey did not begin that day though. To win this title, contestants must be involved in community service and excel in academics, leadership, and activities to help them be the best version of themself that they can be.

Bussey is involved in Big Brother Big Sister, Leo Club, and WCAT. She is captain of the majorette line in the Pride of Hayden Marching Band, has attended the Hugh O’Brien Leadership program, and has volunteered for the Young Leaders Development Program.

When Bussey has free time, she spends it at church and theater where she has been in productions at the Virginia

Samford Theater and Birmingham Children’s Theater. All of these activities have helped prepare her for the Distinguished Young Woman’s program.

This scholarship program opens the door for young women to compete during their senior year. The program has a long history of developing young women into strong leaders in their communities. Bussey hopes to make her community proud when she competes for the state title on Jan. 17 and 18.

Before competing, Bussey will spend the week in a host home while rehearsing and attending meetings at Kiwanis Club and Cattlemen’s Association. The competition includes 47 girls competing in physical fitness with a routine that includes strength and cardio portions. Aside from a timed interview with the judges, they will also be asked a question on stage to see how they can gather their thoughts and present them in a professional manner. Judges will also have access to the girls’ high school transcripts. Bussey is looking forward to the talent portion in which she will sing “Live like a Warrior.”

Bussey says the song reminds her that “even when you don’t feel worthy or good enough for this world, fight through the trials like a warrior. Know that you are good enough to achieve your dreams.”

Bussey has trained like a warrior for this competition and hopes to have a great week making new friends and learning new things. She is proud to represent Blount County and Hayden High School. She is the daughter of Scott and Wanda Bussey.