Distinguished Young Women OF Connecticut

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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Gianna Mennella
Distinguished Young Woman of Connecticut for 2023
State Program Information

Class of 2024 Program

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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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2023 Distinguished Young Woman of Connecticut

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Gianna Mennella
University PreferenceUniversity of Alabama
Career GoalMarketing Photographer

2023 Distinguished Young Woman of Connecticut

Photo of Gianna Mennella
Gianna Mennella

University Preference
University of Alabama

Career Goal
Marketing Photographer

ECC Champions 2023 NECA 2nd Place 2023 ECC Champions 2022 Junior Varsity Captain National Champions 2021 National Honor Society Plainfield Spirit Award Regional Champions 2021 Senior Varsity Captain State Champions 2021

choircompetitive travel cheerleading high school cheerleadingmartial artspanther pride photography at school eventspresident of student councilsenior class office (secratary)theater dramayouth cheerleading competition coach

Johnston Police Annual Golf TournamentPlainfield Youth Cheer CoachPremier Martial Arts Demo TeamRI Special Olympics Annual Bike RunRed Cross Plainfield High School Blood Drive Organizer

2024 State Participants

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