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Committee Prepares for DYW Scholarship Program April 1st

Preparing for the Distinguished Young Women (DYW) Scholarship Program on Apr. 1 at the Cerritos Park East Auditorium where 26 young women from local high schools will be competing for scholarships are: Top (l-r) Darshna Shah, Kelly Vo, Rhonda Burd, Cindy Yen Chen, Celina Chen and Lata Ahir. Bottom (l-r) Beejoli Shah, DYW California State Winner Hannah Joo, Melette Lampino and Becky Lingad.

 “The DYW Program seems to get better and better each year,” said last year’s Co-Chair Darshna Shah.  More than $6,000 has already been raised from a corporate sponsor, community leaders and supporters. The City of Cerritos pledged $1,250 to assist in supporting the program that provides scholarships to high school junior young women for their talent and scholastic ability.

The 26 high school junior girls started practicing their fitness routine at Mary Bragg Elementary School MPR this week under the direction of last year’s DYW Winner Hannah Joo.

Many of last year’s DYW participants came to help out, too, as they shared their experience of how the DYW program exceeded all of their expectations.

“They truly understand the spirit of DYW, and they all have remained close even now a year later. That is why they all wanted to come back and share it with the next class,” said Beejoli Shah, Committee member and a former participant of Junior Miss Cerritos.

Tickets cost $10.00 per person and only 300 tickets are available for the event.  To order tickets call Cindy Yen Chen at 562-762-6750 or email her at
[email protected].

Distinguished Young Women, formerly America’s Junior Miss Scholarship Program, is sponsored by the City of Mobile, Mobile County, Eastern Shore Toyota, Encore Rehabilitation, SPANX, Mobile Gas-A Sempra Company, Regions Bank, Alabama Power Foundation, and Master Boat Builders. The 55th National Finals will take place in Mobile, Alabama on June 28, 29 & 30, 2012. For more information about Distinguished Young Women, visit