The Distinguished Young Woman of Shelby County for 2023 is Carrington Hodge, from Helena.
Carrington’s achievements include: Princeton Prize Certificate of Merit • CollegeBoard National African American Recognition Program Scholar • AP Scholar Award • Youth in Service Award for Advocacy and Awareness • Birmingham Black Women's Appreciation Luncheon • Honor Societies: English, French, History, Science, Math, Beta Club • Birmingham Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Outstanding Teen • Hollywood Vibe Regional Dancer of the Year • West Coast Dance Explosion Elite Dancer • JCIB Learner Profile Award
In addition, Carrington’s activities include: Founder of Unmasked: The Simone Project • Competitive Dancer/Solo Coach at Birmingham Dance Theatre for 8 years • YouthServe Youth Philanthropy Council Secretary • Teen Chaplain of Jack and Jill of America Inc., Birmingham Chapter • Shadow at UAB with Internist Dr. Adrienne Carter M.D. • Class of 2022 Youth Leadership Forum • JCIB Black Student Union President • JCIB Beta Club Secretary • JCIB French Club Historian • JCIB Lead Freshman Mentor/Student Ambassador
250 community service hours through YouthServe Birmingham (2020-2022) • 65 hours dedicated to the creation and promotion of Unmasked: The Simone Project • 31 hours of community service through JCIB Beta Club (2021-2022) • Hosted JCIB Peanut Butter Drive and collected over 40 jars of peanut butter • 3 years of summer dance camp assistance experience at Birmingham Dance Theatre