Tags:Here's the press release from the Distinguished Young Women group:
Scholarship, leadership and talent embodied in North Carolina teen selected as Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2012
Will serve as national representative of 55-year-old program for high school girls, formerly known as America’s Junior Miss
Mobile, Ala. (June 30, 2012) – On Saturday, June 30, Christina Maxwell of Fletcher, N.C. was named the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2012 and presented with a cash scholarship of $30,000 at the conclusion of the 55th Distinguished Young Women National Finals in Mobile, Ala.
Maxwell earned preliminary competition awards in the self-expression and talent categories along with a Be Your Best Self Award totaling $3,000 in additional cash scholarships.
Following a selection process that began in her home state of North Carolina, Maxwell traveled to Mobile, Ala. along with 49 other state representatives to participate in community activities and prepare for the 55th annual national competition. Maxwell amassed a total of $44,000 in cash scholarships through her participation in the Distinguished Young Women program at the local, state and national levels.
In addition to serving as the national representative of Distinguished Young Women for the next year, Maxwell will attend the University of Michigan and pursue undergraduate studies in Musical Theater.
"It is the greatest honor I could ever ask for knowing that I was chosen to represent a piece of each of these young women who are some of the most incredible girls I have ever met," said Maxwell.
Maxwell attended AC Reynolds High School in Asheville, N.C.
Other participants receiving top awards in the 2012 Distinguished Young Women National Finals include Scarlett Walker of Birmingham, Ala. (First Runner Up) and Chrissy Houle of Saline, Mich. (Second Runner Up).
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 55 years of operation, the program has provided life-changing experiences for more than 700,000 young women. Last year, Distinguished Young Women provided more than $108 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, Encore Rehabilitation, Mobile Gas: A Sempra Company, Alabama Power Foundation, Regions Bank, Master Boat Builders, SPANX and Wintzell’s Oyster House.