Get to Know Kennedy Ho - Distinguished Young Woman of Oregon 2016

OR_KennedyHoName: Kennedy Ho

Age: 18

Hometown : Portland, Oregon 

College: Chapman University  

Major:Communication Studies 

Minor: Double minor in Public Relations and Dance

What is your favorite food? Hot Cheetos

What is your favorite TV show? Grey’s Anatomy and 30 Rock

What is your favorite Olympic sport? Women’s Gymnastics or Speed Walking

What is your favorite quote? “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou

What is your least favorite household chore? Dishes

Plan ahead OR procrastinate? I always plan ahead…and then end up procrastinating!

Paper or Plastic? Paper.

Glass half-full OR glass half-empty? Glass half-full.

Introvert OR extrovert?  Both- I love going out and being surrounded by people I love, but I definitely need my “me time”.

Cats OR Dogs? Dogs

Morning person OR night person? Night

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three things would you absolutely need for survival?  My sister, my Hydroflask, and a really good book.

What would we find in your refrigerator right now? Fruit, apple sauce, and iced tea– a well balanced meal plan for a struggling college freshman.

What is your biggest fear? Being Kidnapped.

What is the one thing you wish someone had told you about college life that you had to find out on your own? You have so much free-time. In high school, I was involved in different activities and always super busy.  In college, your classes are a lot more spaced out and your schedule is so much more individualized which can leave a lot of downtime.

Sum up yourself in three words. Passionate, genuine, and intentional.

Describe your single-most favorite moment from your Distinguished Young Women experience. 

I have way too many! ONE of my favorite moments was after top ten had completed the on stage portion,  we were all standing backstage crying and laughing and trying to soak in every moment. It was the last time we would all be together. I did not realize how attached I had become to the 50 girls I was surrounded by for the past two weeks until I had to prepare myself to say goodbye.

While we were all backstage waiting to be called back on, we sat down on the stairs that led up to the stage. I can’t help but smile when I think back to that moment. I was surrounded by the very best girls. We were busy giggling, chatting, hugging, crying, and fixing each other’s mascara that we completely missed our cue to go on stage! If you watch the video of Saturday night, stage right rushes out late (whoops! Sorry Nicole). We all charged through the curtains trying to be graceful and distinguished in our heels as we navigated the steps on the stage. Not a single one of us could stop giggling. As a dancer, I have taken my place on stage countless times, but I have never felt more relaxed or at home on stage as I did that Saturday night, surrounded by my 50 best friends.



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