Starting tomorrow, June 25, Kadee Beasley, from Fairview, N.C., along with 49 other state representatives, will compete in the 58th Distinguished Young Women National Finals scholarship competition.
The 50 young women have been in Mobile, Ala. for the past two weeks participating in community activities and preparing for the national competition.
The Distinguished Young Women program evaluates competitors on their fitness, talents, ability to self-express, academic knowledge, and interview skills.
During the preliminary competition tomorrow and Friday, each participant will compete in the categories of self-expression, fitness and talent.
Beasley will be completing her individual interview with a panel of five judges. Her scholastic performance has been scored through an evaluation process of her A.C. Reynolds High School academic record and standardized test scores. For her talent presentation, Beasley will perform a lyrical dance to “I Was Here,” by Beyonce.
On Saturday, June 27, ten finalists will be selected and will they move on to compete for the opportunity to represent the program as the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2015 and for a share of $150,000 in cash scholarships.
Press Release from Megan Gunter at Meltwater Press:
Competition begins for Fairview, N.C. teen participating in national scholarship program
Mobile, Ala. (June 24, 2015) – Tomorrow marks the start of competition for Kadee Beasley, the Fairview, N.C. teen competing in the 58th Distinguished Young Women National Finals. Beasley, along with 49 other state representatives, has been in Mobile, Ala. for the past two weeks participating in community activities and preparing for the national scholarship competition.
The program’s evaluation process includes scholastics (20%), interview (25%), fitness (15%), talent (25%) and self-expression (15%). During the preliminary competition tomorrow and Friday, each participant will compete in the categories of self-expression, fitness and talent. Beasley will complete an individual interview with a panel of five judges and her scholastic performance has been scored through an evaluation process of her high school academic record and standardized test scores.
On Saturday, June 27, ten finalists will be selected from the group of 50 young women and will compete for the opportunity to represent the program as the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2015 and for a share of $150,000 in cash scholarships.
“The 50 state representatives have worked extremely hard during their time in Mobile, but even more importantly is what they have done throughout their lives that has guided them to this experience,” said Pam Patterson, Executive Director of Distinguished Young Women. “The work ethic they have demonstrated in their commitment to being leaders in the areas of scholarship, leadership and talent is unparalleled; we know the future is in good hands with these dedicated young women. Even though, on Saturday evening, one young woman will be selected as the Distinguished Young Woman of America, she is representative of numerous girls across the country who have already made an impact on countless thousands through service to their schools and communities.”
For her talent presentation, Beasley will perform a lyrical dance to “I Was Here.” Beasley is a 2015 graduate of A.C. Reynolds High School and the daughter of Kelly and Keith Beasley.
To view the live webcast of the Distinguished Young Women National Finals, visit www.DistinguishedYW.org on Saturday, June 27 at 7 p.m. CST. To see photos of participants from their time in Mobile, visit www.fpvision.com.
About Distinguished Young Women
Founded in 1958 in Mobile, Alabama, Distinguished Young Women is the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls. During its 58 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 $402 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 Mobile County, City of Mobile, Wintzell’s Oyster House, The Hearin-Chandler Foundation, Encore Rehabilitation, Alabama Power Foundation, Master Boat Builders, Barbara Barrington Jones Family Foundation, 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.
The official Distinguished Young Women hashtag for the 58th National Finals is #DYW2015.