DAYTON, TN (WRCB) - Competition begins Thursday for a Dayton, TN teenager.

Lexee Hill is vying for the title of Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2012 in Mobile, Alabama in the 55th Distinguished Young Women National Finals .

For the past two weeks, Hill and 49 other state representatives have been involved with community activities and preparing for the national scholarship program.

The program's evaluation process includes scholastics (20%), interview (25%), fitness (15%), talent (25%) and self-expression (15%).

During the preliminary competition Thursday and Friday, each participant will compete in the categories of self-expression, fitness and talent.

Saturday, June 30, ten finalists will be selected from the group of 50 young women and will compete for the opportunity to represent the program as the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2012.

In addition, the newly selected national representative will receive a substantial cash scholarship and a gold medallion.