Paul Laurence Dunbar senior Amy Wang named Distinguished Young Woman of Kentucky

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Amy Wang of Lexington, Kentucky was named the Distinguished Young Woman of Kentucky and awarded $6,300 in cash scholarships during a statewide scholarship program for high school girls held in January at the Singletary Center for the Arts in Lexington.

Wang is a senior at Dunbar High School and has been accepted at Harvard University. She is a Kentucky Governor’s Scholar and was also selected for the Governor’s School for the Arts. Wang has won numerous academic and music awards and volunteers with God’s Pantry Food Bank and Morning Pointe Alzheimer’s Care Center.

In addition to being named the Distinguished Young Woman of Kentucky Wang received the Overall Interview and Talent Awards.

Amy Wang (Photo Provided)

Wang was one of 31 high school senior girls from Kentucky who competed to represent the state as the Distinguished Young Woman of Kentucky for 2017. Participants were evaluated in the categories of Scholastics (25 percent), Interview (25 percent), Talent (20 percent), Fitness (15 percent), and Self-Expression (15 percent).

Throughout the next year, Wang will represent the state at various public events and serve as a role model to young people by spreading the program’s national outreach message of “Be Your Best Self.” The outreach program is designed to encourage self-esteem and excellence in all young people through its five principles: Be Healthy, Be Involved, Be Studious, Be Ambitious, and Be Responsible.

Wang is the daughter of Changyou Wang and Yan Chen and is a senior at Dunbar High School in Lexington, Kentucky. See a list of her accomplishments and activities at http://ky.distinguishedyw.org/current-representative/.

The 60th National Distinguished Young Woman of America Finals will take place on June 29, 30 and July 1, 2017, in Mobile, Ala. Wang will travel to Mobile, along with 51 other representatives from across the country to participate in personal development activities and community service projects before competing for the opportunity to become the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2017 and for additional cash scholarships.

South Carolina’s Tara Moore, who is attending the Clemson University, was named the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2016.

For more information on Distinguished Young Women of Kentucky or to set up an interview with Amy Wang, please contact Mary Fehrenbach (859) 396-9063, or kentucky@DistinguishedYW.org.

Here is a complete list of final awards presented at the Distinguished Young Women of Kentucky program:

Distinguished Young Woman of Kentucky 2017 Amy Wang, Fayette Co. $5000
1st Runner Up Elizabeth Medley, Washington Co. $3500
2nd Runner Up Mary Grace Rapier, Nelson Co. $2500
3rd Runner Up Sophie Clark, Marion Co. $1500
4th Runner Up Blair Lamb, Taylor Co. $1000

Remaining Top 12 Finalists ($500 each)

Summer Taylor Montgomery Co.
Amy Kate Smith Anderson Co.
Jerrica Reed Barren Co.
Sarah Harne Casey Co.
Maggie Holman Simpson Co.
Madison Carnes Lincoln Co.
Molly Simpson Rowan Co.

Spirit Award $1000
Symone Whalin LaRue Co.

Overall Talent $500
Amy Wang Fayette Co.

Overall Self-Expression $500
Mary Grace Rapier Nelson Co.

Overall Fitness $500
Elizabeth Medley Washington Co.

Overall Interview $500
Amy Wang Fayette Co.

Overall Scholastic $500
Regan Martin Woodford Co.

Founded in 1958 in Mobile, Alabama, Distinguished Young Women is the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls. During its 59 years of operation, the program has provided life-changing experiences for more than 745,000 young women. Distinguished Young Women has provided more than $106 million in cash scholarships and $1.1 billion college granted scholarship opportunities to program participants at the local, state and national level. Previously known as America’s Junior Miss, the program announced its new name in June 2010.

The mission of Distinguished Young Women is to positively impact the lives of young women by providing a transformative experience that promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership and talent. National sponsors include Mobile County, City of Mobile, Wintzell’s Oyster House, Evonik, Encore Rehabilitation, Alabama Power Foundation, Master Boat Builders, Barbara Barrington Jones Family Foundation, Alabama Media Group and Regions Financial Corporation.

From FCPS Communications

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