The Distinguished Young Woman of Mississippi for 2022 is Christina Danford, from Hattiesburg.
Christina’s achievements include: Recruited NCAA D1 4-Star Tennis Player • Varsity Tennis State Singles Champion • Varsity Track 1600 Meter State Champion • All-State & MVP in Tennis, Track, and Cross Country • Six Gold Medals in Violin/Piano @ State Music Finals • National Merit Finalist • STAR Student • Valedictorian • George Wilkinson Memorial MS Tennis Award • Candidate, US Presidential Scholars Program
In addition, Christina’s activities include: Performed at Carnegie Hall, International H.S. Orchestra • Performed at Sydney Opera House, International H.S. Orchestra • Congressman Palazzo Youth Leadership Summit • Hattiesburg Mayors Youth Council • American Legion Auxiliary Mississippi Girls State Delegate • United States Naval Academy Summer STEM Program • STEM Team, Sacred Heart High School • National Honor Society • Beta Club • Mu Alpha Theta
300+ volunteer hours as a violinist in the Temple Baptist Church Orchestra • Collected/donated used tennis racquets/shoes to disadvantaged high school teams • Organized statewide fundraiser for Extra Table Charity, raised $3000 • Organized a schoolwide food drive; collected 64 boxes of food for Extra Table • Mentored an 8th grade student as part of a school program, "Crusader Champions"