Scholarship, leadership and talent embodied in Alaska teen selected as Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2015

Will serve as national representative of 58-year-old program for high school girls, formerly known as America’s Junior Miss

Distinguished Young Woman 2015 Maire Nakada.Mobile, Ala. (June 27, 2015) – On Saturday, June 27, Maire Nakada of Anchorage, Alaska was named the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2015 and presented with a cash scholarship of $50,000 at the conclusion of the 58th Distinguished Young Women National Finals in Mobile, Ala.

Nakada also earned scholarship awards in Overall Interview and Overall Talent totaling $5,000 in additional cash scholarships.

Following a selection process that began in her home state of Alaska, Nakada traveled to Mobile, Ala. along with 49 other state representatives to participate in community activities and prepare for the 58th annual national competition. Nakada amassed a total of $57,500 amount in cash scholarships through her participation in the Distinguished Young Women program at the state and national levels.

In addition to serving as the national representative of Distinguished Young Women for the next year, Nakada will attend The University of Alaska Anchorage and will pursue undergraduate studies in pediatric optometry.

Nakada attended Family Partnership Charter School in Anchorage, Alaska. She is the daughter of Susan and Tokuichi Nakada.

Other participants receiving top awards in the 2014 Distinguished Young Women National Finals include Kadee Beasley of Asheville, N.C. (First Runner Up) and Kassie Miller of Campbellsville, Ky. (Second Runner Up).

About Distinguished Young Women
Founded in 1958 in Mobile, Alabama, Distinguished Young Women is the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls. During its 58 years of operation, the program has provided life-changing experiences for more than 740,000 young women. Last year, Distinguished Young Women provided more than $402 million in cash and college scholarship opportunities to program participants at the local, state and national level. Previously known as America’s Junior Miss, the program announced its new name in June 2010.

The mission of Distinguished Young Women is to positively impact the lives of young women by providing a transformative experience that promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership and talent. National sponsors include Mobile County, City of Mobile, Wintzell’s Oyster House, The Hearin-Chandler Foundation, Encore Rehabilitation, Alabama Power Foundation, Master Boat Builders, Barbara Barrington Jones Family Foundation, Regions Financial Corporation, and Alabama Media Group.

For more information about Distinguished Young Women, contact Megan Arendall, National Headquarters Communications Director (251-438-3621, or visit Find us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

The official Distinguished Young Women hashtag for the 58th National Finals is #DYW2015.

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