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Reynolds High Student Earns Distinguished Honor
Reynolds High Student Earns Distinguished Honor
Posted on 09/13/2019
BCS Communications

Buncombe County Schools was well-represented during this past weekend’s Distinguished Young Women of Buncombe County Scholarship Program; however, it was A.C. Reynolds High School (ACRHS) who earned top honors. ACRHS Senior Renna Voss was named the Distinguished Young Woman of Buncombe County and awarded $1,500 in cash scholarships during a countywide scholarship program for high school girls.

“I was so lucky to participate in Distinguished Young Women with 12 brilliant girls from Buncombe County,” Voss said. “The highlight of the program was easily the community and mutual support between the participants. It is such an honor to represent Buncombe County, especially because of my admiration for the other ladies in our program. They are my motivation as I move on to the state level!”

Miss Voss, who is the daughter of Ray and Julie Voss, was one of 13 high school senior girls from Buncombe County who competed to represent the county as the Distinguished Young Woman of Buncombe County for 2020. Participants were evaluated in the categories including scholastics, interview, and talent. 

An accomplished dancer, Voss is a member of the Asheville Dance Theater Dancing Gems competition groups and attended Governor’s School in dance this summer. She is the treasurer of the ACRHS Girl Up group, was Top 10 at the 2016 WCU Mathematics contest, is a member of the National Honor Society, and involved with the Chorus program at her school. She aspires to attend UNC-Chapel Hill and to pursue a career in social services or environmental sustainability.

Throughout the next year, Voss will represent the county at various public events and serve as a role model to young people by spreading the program’s national outreach message of “Be Your Best Self.” The outreach program is designed to encourage self-esteem and excellence in all young people through its five principles: Be Healthy, Be Involved, Be Studious, Be Ambitious, and Be Responsible.In addition, Voss will represent Buncombe County in the Distinguished Young Women of North Carolina Scholarship Program in Greensboro in January 2020 where she will have the opportunity to earn additional scholarship awards and the opportunity to represent North Carolina at the National Program.

Saturday night’s program was the 36th annual showcase for the Buncombe County program and also featured Gracie Stanek, the 2019 Distinguished Young Woman of Buncombe County and North Carolina. Stanek is a graduate of T.C. Roberson High School and is currently a freshman at Wake Forest University.

Buncombe Co. Schools Award Recipients are as follows:

DYW Buncombe Co- Renna Voss, Reynolds
First Finalist- Keilyan Tate, Reynolds
Second Finalist- Naomi Green,  Reynolds
Overall Interview- Renna Voss, v Reynolds
Interview- Bailey Beeman, Erwin High; Keilyan Tate, Reynolds
Overall Scholastics-Emma Cooke, Owen High
Scholastics- Amie Cooke, Owen; Ciara Mitchell,  Reynolds
Fitness- Renna Voss, Reynolds; Keilyan Tate, Reynolds
Self Expression- Emma Cooke, Owen; Allie Dotson, Reynolds
Talent- Anaiya Adwaters, Roberson; Renna Voss, Reynolds

The event was held at Erwin High School. In addition to cash scholarships, participants are also eligible to claim their share of over $1 million in college granted scholarships.

Thanks to DYW Buncombe Co-Chairman Anna Whisnant for the pictures and information.

Buncombe County Schools is in the process of reviewing its website to ensure compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Buncombe County Schools does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs or activities and is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 and federal regulations to not discriminate in such a manner. This requirement extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its implementing federal regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator and/or the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. The Title IX Coordinator's contact information is: Shanon Martin,, 828-255-5918, 175 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC 28806.

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