Statewide scholarship program awarded $27,250 in cash scholarships to participants
LEXINGTON – Amy Wang of Lexington 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 Jan. 13-14 at the Singletary Center for the Arts.
Wang, a senior at Dunbar High School, 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.
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%), Interview (25%), Talent (20%), Fitness (15%), and Self-Expression (15%).
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. 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.
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. $5,000
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 $1,000
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.