Woodbridge Teen Participating in National Scholarship Program

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Jessica Brown of Woodbridge is competing in the 63rd Distinguished Young Women National Finals. The national scholarship program has transitioned to a digital format this year. Brown, along with 49 other state representatives, has begun completing the competition through a series of video submissions and video conference calls.

A Digital Format for Competition

The program’s evaluation process includes scholastics, interview, fitness, talent and public speaking. This
year, participants submitted videos for the talent and fitness categories. Brown participated in public
speaking via recorded video conference call. She also completed an individual interview with a panel of
five judges over video conference. Her scholastic performance has been scored through an evaluation
of her high school academic record and standardized test scores.

The program will be broadcast for free on June 25, 26 and 27 on DistinguishedYW.org in place of the
in-person showcases. The video submissions will be compiled, and the three-night event is to be hosted
by Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2019 Dora Guo. Each night, scholarships will be awarded.
On Saturday, June 27, eight finalists will be selected from the group of 50 young women. One of
these eight will be selected to represent the program as the 2020 Distinguished Young Woman of America. In total, $125,000 in college scholarships will be awarded to the Class of 2020.

About the Competitors

Kendra Haskins is Executive Director of Distinguished Young Women. Haskins said, “These young women are intelligent, ambitious and ready to take their place as leaders in their communities. We are excited to highlight Distinguished Young Women this weekend by highlighting these participants and celebrating the thousands of others who have been impacted by this incredible program throughout the year.”

For her talent presentation, Brown will perform a modern dance to “Head Above Water.” Brown is a
2020 graduate of Charles J. Colgan Senior High School and the daughter of Lisa and Reuben Brown.

About Distinguished Young Women

Founded in 1958, Distinguished Young Women is a free program that encourages participants to reach
their full individual potential. Our mission is to empower young women by providing over $1 billion in
scholarship opportunities, developing their self-confidence and participating in our Life Skills Workshops
that prepare them for success after high school. National sponsors include Barbara Barrington Jones
Family Foundation, Mobile County, City of Mobile, Alabama Power Foundation, Master Boat Builders,
Wintzell’s Oyster House, Shoe Station, Gant Travel Management, Wellington and Bonnie Coffeen,
Regions Financial Corporation, Jostens and Alabama Media Group. For more information about Distinguished Young Women, visit DistinguishedYW.org.

 

 

 

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