From a press release:
Buncombe County teen named Distinguished Young Woman of North Carolina
Statewide scholarship program awarded $11,000 in cash scholarships to participants
FEBRUARY 2, 2015– On February 28, Kadee Beasley of Fletcher, NC, was named the Distinguished Young Woman of North Carolina and awarded $11,000 in cash scholarships during a statewide scholarship program for high school girls held in Greensboro, NC.
Beasley was one of 18 high school senior girls from North Carolina who competed to represent the state as the Distinguished Young Woman of North Carolina for 2015. Participants were evaluated in the categories of Scholastics (20%), Interview (25%), Fitness (15%), Self-Expression (15%) and Talent (25%). Beasley won awards in all five categories.
Throughout the next year, Beasley 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.
Beasley is the daughter of Keith and Kelly Beasley and is a senior at AC Reynolds High School. Beasley is the fifth teen from Buncombe County to win the state title. Past winners include “Scandal” actress Belamy Young and Christina Maxwell, who went on to win the national title in 2012.
The 58th National Finals will take place on June 25, 26, and 27, 2015, in Mobile, Ala. Beasley will travel to Mobile, Ala., along with 49 other state representatives to participate in personal development activities and community service projects before competing for the opportunity to become the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2015 and for additional cash scholarships. Georgia’s Brooke Rucker, who is attending Florida State University, won the 2014 overall award.
For more information on Distinguished Young Women of North Carolina or to set up an interview with Kadee Beasley, please contact Megan Silver at 828.231.9881 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Distinguished Young Women
Founded in 1958 in Mobile, Ala., Distinguished Young Women is the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls. During its 57 years of operation, the program has provided life-changing experiences for more than 740,000 young women. Last year, Distinguished Young Women provided more than $367 million in cash and college 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 the City of Mobile, Mobile County, Barbara Barrington Jones Family Foundation, The State of Alabama, Alabama Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils, Alabama Power Foundation, Encore Rehabilitation, Wintzell’s Oyster House, Master Boat Builders, Regions Financial Corporation, and Alabama Media Group.
For more information about Distinguished Young Women, contact Megan Arendall, National Headquarters Communications Director (251-438-3621, Megan@DistinguishedYW.org) or visit www.DistinguishedYW.org. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube: www.facebook.com/distinguishedyw; www.twitter.com/distinguishedyw; www.youtube.com/user/distinguishedyw