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Emi Malik Ohio’s Distinguished Young Woman; Autumn Watkins wins $400 Fitness scholarship

By Lenny C. Lepola newsguy@ee.net

March 5, 2014

The Distinguished Young Women Scholarship Program was held on February 21 and 22 in Mount Vernon, featuring 29 Ohio high school senior girls participating in a week filled with rehearsals, luncheons with various service organizations, and numerous speaking opportunities; and representing Delaware County were Big Walnut High School seniors Emi Malik and Autumn Watkins.


During the weekend showcase Watkins won a $400 scholarship for fitness.


Malik won the Service Above Self/Leadership Award and was selected as the 2014 Ohio Distinguished Young Woman and will represent the State of Ohio in Alabama at the National Distinguished Young Women Program.


As a result of winning the state crown Malik also won a $5,000 scholarship. When she travels to Alabama with the other state representatives she has the potential to win a full scholarship to several universities.


This year’s program was Ohio’s 56th anniversary, with Mount Vernon serving as host city for 41 years. It was also the fourth year for the program’s new name and brand image: Distinguished Young Women — Scholarship, Leadership, Talent.


Cash scholarships totaling $16,700 was awarded to the participants; and approximately $2 million in college scholarships are also awarded as part of the scholarship program.


Serving as program emcees were Dana Ullom-Vucelich and her daughter Jenna Vucelich, who are both past participants of the program.


The 57th annual Distinguished Young Women National Finals will be held in Mobile, Alabama, in June.


Distinguish young women, formerly America’s Junior Miss Scholarship Program, is sponsored by the City of Mobile, Mobile County, Barbara Barrington Jones Family Foundation, Encore Rehabilitation, Wintzell’s Oyster House, Alabama Power Foundation, Master Boat Builders, Regions Bank and Sirote & Permutt.


For more information about distinguished young women visit < distinguishedYW.org >.


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