Bowser, Williams named distinguished young women

On Feb. 9, two local teens were named 2014 Distinguished Young Women of North and South Edgefield County in a competition with a theme of "Rock Stars."The 2014 Distinguished Young Woman of South Edgefield County is Kalei Mariah Bowser. Bowser is a junior at Strom Thurmond High School. She is the daughter of Scott and Angela Bowser of North Augusta.Bowser's current top college interests are Anderson University and USC Columbia Honors College. Bowser plans to pursue a career as a pediatric nurse practitioner.Bowser performed a clog dance routine to "Who I Am" by Jessica Andrews, choreographed by Mamie McAbee and Bowser.Bowser earned five separate awards to include talent, interview, scholastic, self-expression and fitness in cash scholarships and the title of 2014 DYW of south Edgefield County with the opportunity to advance to the state level of competition to be held in July.The 2014 Distinguished Young Woman of North Edgefield County is Lauren Williams. Williams is a junior at Wardlaw Academy. She is the daughter of Brian and Donna Williams of Trenton.Williams' current top college interest is University of South Carolina. She plans to pursue a career in pharmacy.Williams performed a piano solo to a "Prelude in C" by Johann Sebastian Bach. Williams earned five separate awards to include talent, interview, scholastic, self-expression and spirit award in cash scholarships and the title of 2014 DYW of north Edgefield County with the opportunity to advance to the state level of competition to be held in July.Distinguished Young Women is a national scholarship program that inspires high school girls to develop their full, individual potential through an experience that culminates in a celebratory showcase of their accomplishments.