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Leading by example

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Marion County's Distinguished Young Women reflect highly on our community

By The Staff

Marion County has many reasons to be proud right now.
We have the top girls basketball team in the state, numerous published (and soon-to-be published) authors, top-performing schools and, of course, the Turtleman, who continues to make the headlines and airwaves for his... ahem... talents.
Saturday evening, Marion County added another accomplishment to our list.
For the second year in a row, our local Distinguished Young Woman won the state competition and will be representing Kentucky in the national competition this summer. Marion County's own Christine Mattingly represented the state during the 2011 national program. Paige Wilson will be filling her shoes this year. Together, they have made history for being the first back-to-back state winners from Marion County.
It's a phenomenal achievement.
However, what we find even more impressive is the humble attitudes both of these young women possess. Their ultimate goal has been to have fun, meet new friends and make Marion County proud.
They've accomplished that and much more.
We applaud Wilson and Mattingly for leading by example, and showing their county, state and the nation what it truly means to be a Distinguished Young Woman.