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 FoundationBakersfield Mayor's Medal of HonorTop 12, Senior Contemporary Ballet, YAGPYAGP: Senior Contemporary Ballet, self-choreographed Top 24; Classical Ballet Pas de Deux Top 6Pacific Northwest Ballet summer intensive, full scholarship & residencySchool of American Ballet summer intensive, full scholarship & residencyNational Honor Society of Dance ArtsIDT Competition: 2nd place-Junior Contemporary Ballet Kern Dance Alliance scholarship

Women in STEM Education (W.I.S.E.) Founder & CEOKern Dance Alliance BoardCalifornia State Univ Student Intern The Valley Fever Institute, Kern Medical Research AssociateFord Dream Builder Leader, Jim Burke FoundationBakersfield City Ballet, Principal DancerFrench Club, PresidentNational Honor Society, Senior OfficerMu Alpha ThetaCA representative for the UNESCO International Dance Council (CID)

ADAPTIdance, Kern Dance Alliance, Kern County's unique adaptive dance for ages 5-22 with disabilitiesBooks in Motion, Kern Dance Alliance, boosts K-3rd graders' reading love, distributed 6,000+ free booksAdventist Health Bakersfield, assisted nurses in the newborn unit during the COVID-19 pandemicDancing with the Angels, Kern Dance Alliance, uplifts foster care community through artsChildren's Dance Education, Kern Dance Alliance, provided classes and choreography instruction

2025 State Participants

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Megha Arun
CityTemple City
University PreferenceUniversity of Southern California, Boston University
Career GoalLawyer
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Norah Chang
CityChino Hills
University PreferenceUCLA, Chapman University
Career GoalElementary Teacher, Public Relations, Marketing
TalentContemporary Dance
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Tianwen Chen
University PreferenceUCs, Ivy Leagues, NYU, University of Southern California, University of Washington (Seattle), Washington University in St. Louis, Oxford, Cambridge, and many more.
Career GoalTo Become An Entrepreneur And Immerse Myself In The Business World. Economical Analysis And Marketing Are Something I Would Also Include As A Part Of My Career Goals As Well.
TalentTraditional Chinese Dance
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Alaire Dandel
CityDana Point
University PreferenceStanford, Columbia, USC, Cal Poly, Rice, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Carnegie Mellon, Princeton
Career GoalMechanical Engineer
TalentViolin Performance
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Shreena Dayal
CitySan Diego
University PreferenceUCSD, Caltech, Harvey Mudd College, UC Berkeley, Pomona College
Career GoalMedicine, Systems Engineering, Bioengineering
TalentBharatanatyam (Indian Classical Dance)
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Camryn Eubanks
University PreferenceBakersfield College, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo; University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Career GoalKinesiology, Physical Therapy
TalentTap Dance
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Ann Huang
University PreferenceAn East Coast College
Career GoalBiomedical Engineer
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Caitlin Kim
University PreferenceBarnard
Career GoalLaw And Public Policy
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Savanna Kimball
CityPorter Ranch
University PreferenceUCLA, UCSB, CalPoly San Luis Obispo
Career GoalPsychiatrist
TalentDramatic Monologue Performance
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Madison  Ma
University PreferenceUniversity of Pacific
Career GoalDentist
TalentMusic French Horn
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Monicka  Manni
University PreferenceBS/MD Program
Career GoalPhysician
TalentBharathanatyam Dance
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Madison Mattos
University Preference UC Davis, Vanderbilt
Career GoalWildlife Veterinarian
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Sophie Nguyen
University Preference4-Year University
Career GoalJournalist, Researcher, Lawyer
TalentMusic Piano
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Valerie Noria
University PreferenceStanford, UCLA, Rice, PLNU, UCI, Chapman, UCSD, or Baylor University
Career GoalMicrobiology And Immunology Or Genetics
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Shreeya Patel
CitySan Diego
University PreferenceUCLA, Johns Hopkins
Career GoalMedicine, Public Health
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Tanisha Patil
CitySan Diego
University PreferenceUniversity of California San Diego
Career GoalResearcher In Ethical Artificial Intelligence
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Keelie Pellman
University PreferenceMost University of California schools (particularly UCSD), San Diego State University
Career GoalEducator, Mathematics Related Profession, Professional Musician
TalentTrumpet Performance
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Madison Phan
CitySan Diego
University Preference4-year University in California
Career GoalMedical Field
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Sreeja Rai
CitySan Diego
University PreferenceUCLA
Career GoalPhysician
TalentIndian Dance Fusion
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Sara  Read
CityNewport Beach
University PreferenceNotre Dame University, UCLA, Purdue University
Career GoalPhysician, Music Professional
TalentVocal Performance
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Sophia Tang
CitySan Diego
University PreferenceCornell University
Career GoalData Scientist, Environmental Engineer, Computer Scientist
TalentChinese Zither
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Sofia Isabella Villacorta
University PreferenceDuke University
Career GoalMechanical Engineer
TalentHula Dancing
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Megan  Wang
University PreferenceStanford University
Career GoalLawyer
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Chloe You
CityPalo Alto
University Preference
Career GoalFashion, Design, Psychologist
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