Distinguished Young Women OF California

is part of a national scholarship program that promotes and rewards scholastics, leadership and talent in young women. Earn scholarships for higher education, personally develop through the DYW Life Skills Workshops, and make new friends from around the state.

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Noor El kereamy
Distinguished Young Woman of California for 2024
State Program Information

Class of 2025 Program

Date July 21, 2024

The Historic Bakersfield Fox Theater

$20 for General Tickets on July 21, 2024 at 1:00 pm
$30 for Reserved Tickets on July 21, 2024 at 1:00 pm

Life-Changing Experience

College scholarships are awarded at the state level and millions in college-granted scholarships are available nationally. The state representative will advance to the national program for the opportunity to compete for cash tuition scholarships. To participate, you must be in your junior of high school. Participants are evaluated in the areas of: scholastics, interview, talent, self-expression, and fitness.

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2024 Distinguished Young Woman of California

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Noor El kereamy
University PreferenceStanford University
Career GoalBioengineer

2024 Distinguished Young Woman of California

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Noor El kereamy

University Preference
Stanford University

Career Goal

Judi McCarthy Award, Kern Foundation, for community dedication and leadership, 2024.Bakersfield Mayor's Medal of Honor, for leadership and high achievements, 2023.Top 12, Senior Contemporary Ballet, self-choreographed, YAGP, San Diego, CA, 2024.Top 24, Senior Contemporary Ballet, self-choreographed, YAGP, San Diego, CA, 2023.Top 6, Classical Ballet Pas de Deux, YAGP, Los Angeles, CA, 2022.Pacific Northwest Ballet summer intensive, full scholarship and residency, WA, 2022.School of American Ballet summer intensive, full scholarship and residency, NY, 2021.Inductee to the National Honor Society of Dance Arts for talent and art dedication, 2021.2nd place, Junior Contemporary Ballet, IDT Competition, Italy, 2021.Kern Dance Alliance scholarship for academic excellence and leadership, 2020.

Founder and CEO of Women in STEM Education, W.I.S.E., a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization.Board Member at Kern Dance Alliance, launched Taste of Dance to celebrate diversity.Student Intern at California State University, created code published in peer journal.Research Associate at The Valley Fever Institute, Kern Medical, drafting grant for NIH.Ford Dream Builder Leader, Jim Burke Foundation, organized statewide service project.Principal Dancer at Bakersfield City Ballet, performed lead roles.French Club President, Stockdale High, created first Basque dance for cultural rally.Senior Officer, Stockdale High School National Honor Society, led service events.Mu Alpha Theta Member, tutored underclassmen for math exams at Stockdale High School.One of the CA representatives for the UNESCO International Dance Council (CID).

ADAPTIdance, Kern Dance Alliance, Kern County's unique adaptive dance for ages 5-22 with disabilities, 2017-2021.Books in Motion, Kern Dance Alliance, boosts K-3rd graders' reading love, distributed 6,000+ free books, 2018-2021.Adventist Health Bakersfield, assisted nurses in the newborn unit during the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021.Dancing with the Angels, Kern Dance Alliance, uplifts foster care community through arts, 2022.Children's Dance Education, Kern Dance Alliance, provided classes and choreography instruction, 2018-2023.

2025 State Participants

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Megha Arun
CityTemple City
University PreferenceUniversity of Southern California
Career GoalLawyer, Nonprofit Work
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Shreena Dayal
CitySan Diego
University PreferenceAny university that can provide a good return on my investment by preparing me for the future and offering ample opportunities for growth
Career GoalMedicine, Systems Engineering
TalentBharatanatyam (Indian Classical Dance)
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Savanna Kimball
CityPorter Ranch
University PreferenceUCLA, UCSB, UCSD
Career GoalPsychiatrist
TalentDramatic Monologue Performance
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Sadhika Kumar
CitySan Diego
University PreferenceAny 4-Year University in California
Career GoalEngineering
TalentMusical Instrument
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Madison Mattos
University PreferenceUniversity of California, Santa Barbara/ Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine
Career GoalVeterinarian
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Shreeya Patel
CitySan Diego
University Preference
Career GoalMedicine, Public Health
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Tanisha Patil
CitySan Diego
University PreferenceUniversity of California San Diego
Career GoalNeural Network Development
TalentGarba Dance
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Madison Phan
CitySan Diego
University Preferenceany University of California
Career GoalMedical Field
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Sreeja Rai
CitySan Diego
University PreferenceUCLA
Career GoalPhysician
TalentIndian Dance Fusion
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Sophia Tang
CitySan Diego
University Preference
Career GoalData Scientist, Environmental Engineer, Computer Scientist
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Megan  Wang
University PreferenceStanford University
Career GoalLawyer
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