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Competition begins for Scottsdale teen in national scholarship program

Posted 6/21/22

June 23 marks the start of live showcases for Katelyn Cai, the Scottsdale teen competing in the 65th Distinguished Young Women National Finals.

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Competition begins for Scottsdale teen in national scholarship program

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June 23 marks the start of live showcases for Katelyn Cai, the Scottsdale teen competing in the 65th Distinguished Young Women National Finals.

Cai, 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.

Ticket and live webcast information can be found at DYWNationalFinals.com.

The program’s evaluation process includes scholastics, interview, fitness, talent and self-expression. During the preliminary competitions June 23 and 24, each participant will compete in the categories of self-expression, fitness and talent.

Cai has completed 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 25, eight 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 2022.

Over the three-night event, all 50 will compete for a share of over $150,000 dollars in total cash scholarships.

“The power of our youth is strong, and these 50 state representatives are the embodiment of that,” Kendra Haskins, executive director of Distinguished Young Women, stated in the press release. “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, Cai will perform a contemporary dance to “This Woman’s Work.” Cai is a 2022 graduate of BASIS Scottsdale and the daughter of Jenny Zheng and Will Cai.

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