Illinois’ Dora Guo was named the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2019 during the 62nd National Finals in Mobile, Alabama.
Dora attended Adlai E. Stevenson High School. Her academic honors include Gold Honor Roll, National Honor Society, the Ambassador Award for Volunteer Service and the Chinese-American Association in Greater Chicago Youth Leadership Award.
Outside of the classroom, Dora is a leader among her peers. She is a passionate activist for change and acceptance. Dora was the President of Catalyst, a substance abuse prevention club at her school, and an instrumental member of Fostering Intercultural Respect and Empowerment, or F.I.R.E., a racial advocacy group which was developed in order to being more awareness to the conversation of race in education.
Dora has been trained in ballet and Chinese folk dance since the age of twelve. She developed her love for Chinese dance through a cultural dance studio close to her home. She enjoys the difficulty of Chinese folk dance, which has brought her to international competitions.
In the fall, Dora will attend Yale University with plans to pursue a career in educational administration. She plans to one day be involved in change and transparency in education in order to truly “flip the switch” on how our current system works.
Winning more than $32,000 in cash scholarships and a gold medallion, Dora will represent the Class of 2019 as the Distinguished Young Woman of America during this year.