Dora Guo named Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2019 during 62nd National Finals

On Saturday, June 29, Dora Guo of Vernon Hills, Ill., was named Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2019  and presented with a cash scholarship of $30,000 during the 62nd Distinguished Young Women National Finals in Mobile.

Distinguished Young Woman of America Dora Guo, June 30, 2019. (Seth Laubinger/Ruby Media)
Distinguished Young Woman of America Dora Guo, June 30, 2019. (Seth Laubinger/Ruby Media)

Following a selection process that began in her home state of Illinois, Guo traveled to Mobile along with 49 other state representatives to participate in community activities and prepare for the 62nd annual national competition. Guo amassed a total of $32,000 in cash scholarships through her participation in the Distinguished Young Women program at the national level alone, plus additional scholarships at the state and local level.

In addition to serving as the national representative of Distinguished Young Women for the next year,  Guo will attend Yale University.

A complete list of winners includes:

Distinguished Young Woman of America – $30,000
Dora Guo, Illinois

First Runner-Up – $20,000
Lori Feng, Mississippi

Second Runner-Up – $10,000
Sarah Sun, Utah

Remaining Overall Finalists – $5,000
Eden Chun, Hawaii
Olivia Fosson, Ohio
Sarah Katherine McCallum, Louisiana
Evelyn Smith, Oklahoma
Grace Stanek, North Carolina

Category Awards

Interview – $1,000
Ciara Callicott, Arkansas
Olivia Fosson, Ohio
Dora Guo, Illinois
Sarah Katherine McCallum, Louisiana
Evelyn Smith, Oklahoma

Scholastics – $1,000
Dora Guo, Illinois
Maya Shah, Iowa
Sarah Sun, Utah
Gloria Tang, New Jersey
Grace Zhang, Arizona

Self-Expression – $1000
Hazel Homer-Wambeam, Wyoming
Kara Iwanowski, Maryland
Savannah Stanley, Georgia
Sarah Sun, Utah
Sarah White, Oregon

Fitness – $1,000
Eden Chun, Hawaii
Katherine Lightfoot, Florida
Kyla Mathner, Alabama
Savannah Sides, Virginia
Evelyn Smith, Oklahoma

Talent – $1,000
Grace Christensen, Idaho
Kara Iwanowski, Maryland
Mina Liang, Massachusetts
Taylor Richardson, Delaware
Sarah Sun, Utah

Satellite Awards

JD and Roxann Dyess Distinguished Blogger Award – $500
Gianna Rucki, Minnesota (2018)

Jeff Adams Distinguished Outreach Award – $500
Skylar Haines, Connecticut Participant

Amy Osmond Cook Class of 2018 Has Been Award – $2,000
Kennedy Miller, North Carolina (2018)

Joy Mitchell Grodnick Spirit Award – $2,000
Taryn Sebba, Colorado

Be Your Best Self Award in honor of Reggie Copeland – $1,000 each
Mina Liang, Massachusetts
Evelyn Smith, Oklahoma

Tell Me A Story Award by Maureen Sullivan Collins – $2,500 each
Kaitlyn Eddy, Connecticut
Claire Zhou, Texas

National Panhellenic Conference/NPC Foundation Award – $1,000 each
Bronte Johnson, Ohio Participant
Sarah Katherine McCallum, Louisiana

Wellington Coffeen Medicine Scholarship – $1,000
Esofi Nunyi, North Dakota

Wintzell’s Betty Copeland My Town Award – $500 each
Rachel Jakovac, Montana
Alison Parish, New York

The Shoppes at Bel Air Community Service Award – $1,500
Claire Zhou, Texas

Dr. Richard B. Rogers Science Scholarship – $1,600
Katherine Lightfoot, Florida

Press-Register/AL.com Distinguished Diary Award – $1,000
Grace Zhang, Arizona

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