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Local students win Distinguished Young Women scholarships

May 27, 2016

High school students from local schools were recently awarded scholarships at the Distinguished Young Women (DYW) of Cerritos-Artesia event held at Cerritos College.

Twenty-three students competed for scholarships in five categories: talent, self-expression, scholastics, fitness and interview.

Whitney High School juniors Nicole Kim and Hannah Casady were chosen as overall winners, with each receiving $1,950 in scholarship money for college. Each girl also won $975 – Kim for the Scholarship category, and Casady for the Interview category.

Cerritos High School junior Angel Nwosu, who won a $1,400 scholarship, was selected as the alternate to represent DYW at the state program, which takes place in July in Bakersfield. At that time, $40,000 in scholarships will be awarded.

Whitney High School junior Alexis Bilas-Imperial received a $750 scholarship for Talent. Danielle Lee, who won $550 for Fitness, was chosen by fellow participants to receive a $450 scholarship for embodying the Spirit of Junior Miss.

Ifeoma Okoli, a Cerritos High School junior, was awarded $550 in the Self-Expression category.

A total of more than $9,500 scholarships were awarded. Each participant received an $800 Kaplan test-prep certificate.

Founded in 1958 in Mobile, Alabama, DYW is the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls. With the goal to positively impact the lives of young women by providing a transformative experience that promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership and talent, DYW has provided life-changing experiences for more than 700,000 young women. Last year, DYW awarded more than $108 million in cash and college scholarship opportunities to program participants.

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