The Distinguished Young Woman of LaRue County for 2017 is Symone Whalin, from Sonora.
Symone’s achievements include: Kentucky Youth Assemby Secretary of the Cabinet • State Winner of NCWIT Affiliate award • 2015 Lincoln Trail Youth Salute Program • 2016 Kentucky Governor Scholar • 2014-2017 National Speech and Debate All American • 2016 Commonwealth Ambassador • Top Student Overall at 2016 Press Your Luck Invitational • First place in Poetry at 2016 Press Your Luck Invitational • Second Place in Poetry at 2016 Ryle Haunted Invitational • Second place Duo Interp at 2016 Ryle Haunted Invitational
In addition, Symone’s activities include: LaRue County Speech and Debate • Student Technology Leadership Program • National Beta Club • Y-club • Kentucky Youth Assembly • Future Business Leaders of America • Friends of Rachel • Community Volunteer Service • Class Committee • National Honor Society
Serving food at the Warm Blessings Soup Kitchen. • Coaching the middle school Speech team weekly. • Packing boxes with food for Feeding America Inc. • Laptop tutoring for Underclassman and Middle School students. • Organizing a clothing drive for the Safe Place Organization