Brianna Miles, Dallas County’s Distinguished Young Woman, is set to wow the judges and the audience at the Distinguished Young Women of Alabama state event at Frazer United Methodist Church in Montgomery Jan. 17-18.
She hopes to come out as the winner in Alabama among 43 other candidates to compete for the national title against 49 other state representatives at the Distinguished Young Woman of America event in Mobile.
Miles is the daughter of Tanya and Leroy Miles of Selma and is a senior at the Alabama School of Mathematics and Science in Mobile. She said she plans to attend Florida A&M to seek a dual degree in civil and environmental engineering.
Miles said most of her family members are educators, and she wants to be “a game changer and become the first female engineer in her family.” She said at the School of Mathematics and Science she got to explore different fields of engineering, and she really liked what civil and environmental engineering has to offer.
Miles said she felt Florida A&M was a great opportunity to get out of state and do something different in her family. She said she’s received a scholarship from Florida A&M that will cover her out-of-state fees, but she said she hopes to get a full scholarship through a USDA program that focuses on agriculture and environmental sciences.
Miles said she started participating in the Distinguished Young Women program so that she could say she did it and to make friends as her sister did. (Her sister won the spirit award.) However, she said she met so many amazing people that she began to take it seriously. And she said it was “shocking” to her that at the county level she won almost every award that was given. Miles brought home awards for the Be Your Best Self essay, fitness, talent, self-expression and interview.
She said she wrote about being a black girl from Selma who went to pursue her dreams at the School of Mathematics and Science and plans to return to give back to her community. She also wrote about how coming back as a civil and environmental engineer could allow her to do things in her community that would change it for the better.
At the county event, Miles did a tap dance routine to Rockin’ Robin by Michael Jackson and dedicated it to her father. She explained that when she was small, she and her dad played a Rockin’ Robin game. She plans to do a “slightly different” version of the routine at the state event.
Miles said winning the competition would mean the world to her. She said her whole purpose in doing what she does is “to make a difference in little girls’ lives, show that they can make it out. It’s more than just Selma out here. Going to ASMS did help me, but I’m also trying to help others and lead by example.”
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