MOUNT VERNON — Knox County’s Kinsey Crow has received an outpouring of community support since being named Ohio’s Distinguished Young Woman 2011, and that support has meant a lot, especially as she prepares for the national competition.
Kinsey’s life since being chosen as Ohio’s DYW has been really busy, “but that’s how I like it,” she said. “I like to stay involved. It’s been great. It’s such an honor to be chosen. I feel a lot of responsibility. I want to represent my state well at the national competition.”
A recent graduate of Mount Vernon High School, Kinsey said it has been a challenge to juggle the end-of-the-school-year activities, such as graduation, while preparing for the national contest. Kinsey’s mother, Robyn Crow, is very organized, and has acted almost as Kinsey’s manager, scheduling all the end-of-the-year tasks and college visits in addition to getting ready for nationals.
“I’ve had to budget my time wisely,” Kinsey said. “While school was still in session, that was my main focus. I was just trying to finish my high school years strong, but still trying to keep up with all the forms and everything I had to turn in for nationals. There was a lot to do. Now that school’s out, I’ve been focusing on what I need to do to get ready for nationals.”
Getting ready for nationals has been Kinsey’s summer job, according to her father David Crow.