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Local young lady competes at 60th Distinguished Young Woman of America contest


July 15, 2017

MOBILE, Alabama — The 60th annual Distinguished Young Women Nationals Finals was June 29-July 1 in Mobile, Alabama. Distinguished Young Women is a unique program for young women in their senior year of high school that combines the chance to win college scholarships with a program that offers Life Skills training to prepare young women for the world after high school.

During the two weeks that participants are in Mobile they participate in community service projects and life skills workshops in addition to the actual competition itself. Participants compete in the categories of scholastics (25 percent), interview (25 percent), talent (20 percent), fitness (15 percent), and self-expression (15 percent) for cash scholarships.

Skye Bork of the District of Columbia was named the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2017 and received $35,000 in cash scholarships for college.

In addition to the categories participants compete in for scholarships and the title of Distinguished Young Women of America, there are several optional competitions that they can compete in to earn scholarships.

Taelor Nielsen of Worland, the 2016 Distinguished Young Woman of Wyoming, received the Bel Air Mall Community Service Award, including a $1,500 scholarship, for her essay describing how the service she received growing up has influenced her commitment to community service.

The state program for Wyoming will be in Laramie Aug. 2-5 for young women who are graduating from high schools across the state of Wyoming as the class of 2018. $5000 in cash scholarships will be given to participants in this program.


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