Skye Bork of the District of Columbia was named the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2017 during the 60th National Finals in Mobile, Alabama on July 1, 2017.
Skye attended National Cathedral School, where she founded the High School International Forums. Her academic honors include being a Presidential Scholar Semi-Finalist, recipient of both the Japanese and Dance Awards, an AP Scholar with Honors, participant in the Youth America Grand Prix Boston, and a Writer’s Prize Finalist.
Outside of the classroom, Skye volunteers with the Washington Ballet as a Teaching Assistant for underprivileged youth as well as with Martha’s Table, A Wider Circle and NCCF. She is also a Peer Mentor, Student Ambassador, Model United Nations Representative, Math Team Member, on the Class Service Board and an intern for the Halcyon Social Entrepreneurship Incubator.
A cause she is very passionate about is Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). She’s been described as a “bulldog” about learning and leans on the premise that hard work and perseverance are the most meaningful lessons in life. With her passion for STEM, she plans to focus on Applied Mathematics and Economics with a goal to be professionally involved in International Business and Government after college. Skye will move to New York in the fall to attend Columbia University.
Winning more than $35,000 in cash scholarships and a gold medallion, Skye will serve as the national representative of Distinguished Young Women throughout the year.
· Has always attended an all-girls school
· Is a Back-Country Skier (against the rules of ballet instructors!)
· Her favorite music is Classical though she loves anything she can dance to
· Her favorite subjects are math and social sciences
· Her favorite guilty pleasure is french fries
· Skye is an only child and her parents have VERY interesting histories! (Think Punk Rock and Civil Rights…)