Cardia, Lee and Woodard nominated for Distinguished Young Women

Posted on 02/28/2019
Sophia Cardia, Katelyn Lee, and Alexia Woodard of Ooltewah, TN will represent the Ooltewah area in the Distinguished Young Woman of Tennessee Scholarship Program on July 19 and 20, 2019 on Lee University campus in Cleveland, TN, beginning at 7 PM each night. All three, young ladies are juniors at Ooltewah High School and participated in the East Tennessee At Large program on February 16, 2019, which was held at Notre Dame High School. The At Large program is a local preliminary of the Distinguished Young Women of Tennessee Scholarship Program, and the young ladies participated in the following categories: scholastics, interview, talent, fitness and self-expression. Their outstanding performances in these categories allowed them to advance to the state program in July.

Sophia Cardia performed an original poetry recitation during the program. Sophia’s career goal is forensic science, and she desires to attend the University of Chicago after graduation.

Katelyn Lee performed a flute selection during the program. Katelyn’s career goal is elementary education or radiologist.

Alexia Woodard performed a dance and baton routine during the at large program. Alexia’s career goal is architectural engineering, and she desires to attend Alabama A & M University after graduation.

While at the state program in Cleveland this upcoming July, the young ladies will participate in personal development and community service activities before the performances on July 19 and 20, 2019, and each one will be vying for a share of cash scholarships and college granted scholarships. About Distinguished Young Women Begun in 1958, Distinguished Young Women has impacted the lives of more than 765,000 young women. Our mission is to empower high school young women by providing scholarship opportunities, developing self-confidence and teaching crucial life skills needed for success in college and beyond.

National sponsors include Mobile County, City of Mobile, Alabama Power Foundation, Encore Rehabilitation, Wintzell's Oyster House, Master Boat Builders, Barbara Barrington Jones Family Foundation, Evonik, Regions Financial Corporation, Jostens and Alabama Media Group. For more information about Distinguished Young Women of Tennessee, please contact Katie Arnold at
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