Distinguished Young Women OF Virginia

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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Sara Lynn Loucks
Distinguished Young Woman of Virginia for 2023
State Program Information

Class of 2024 Program

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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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2023 Distinguished Young Woman of Virginia

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Sara Lynn Loucks
University PreferenceUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Career GoalJournalist/Documentary Producer

2023 Distinguished Young Woman of Virginia

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Sara Lynn Loucks

University Preference
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Career Goal
Journalist/Documentary Producer

Academic Award Recipient Building Bridges Scholar- Artistic & Academic Excellence ISEF Central Virginia Science & Engineering Fair- Physics 1st Place Mu Alpha Theta Research Award National Honor Society US Navy Research Award VHSL Region 4D Best Actress (2022) VHSL Section 4D-2 Outstanding Actor VHSL State Class 4 Outstanding Actor (2021) VHSL State Class 4 Outstanding Actor (2022)

Action Forum Activism Co-FounderCavalier Theatre PerformerCentral Virginia Governor\'s School Senior AmbassadorIndividual Researcher (International)JFHS Equity Task Force Student RepresentativeJFHS Swim & Dive- Team CaptainOld Dominion Athletic Conference InternshipStudent Body Vice PresidentStudio M Vocal StudiesThe Burg Boards- Longboarding Business

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank- COVID-19 Response Team (2020)Builds set and creates props for my high school's Cavalier Theatre (2016-2022)Cool Yule Holiday Tour- Caroling at local retirement homes (2019-2022)Forest Area Swim Team Junior Swimming Coach (2018-2023)Organizes, sets up, and cleans various school events (2019-2023)

2024 State Participants

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Deirdre Barry
University PreferenceVirginia Commonwealth University
Career GoalBusiness/Hvac
TalentDramatic Interpretation
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Samantha Driver
CityVirginia Beach
University PreferenceRandolph-Macon College
Career GoalNurse Anesthetist
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Carson Everman
CityNewport News
University PreferencePatrick Henry College
Career GoalEthnopharmacologist
TalentSong Writing
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Kashvi Ramani
University PreferenceYale, USC or NYU Tisch
Career GoalMajor: Acting Film Or Theatre | Minor: Business
TalentSpoken Word Poetry
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Angelina Richter
CityMc Lean
University PreferenceYale
Career GoalNasa Scientist
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