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Salina Teen Headed To National Competition

KSAL Staff - June 11, 2014 8:30 pm

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A Salina teen is headed to compete in a national scholarship competition.

Rhianna Jordan of Salina will travel to Mobile, Alabama, on Sunday to participate in the 57th Distinguished Young Women National Finals. The event itself will be held June 26th, 27th and 28th at the Mobile Civic Center Theater.

Jordan is one of 50 state representatives competing for a share of more than $150,000 in cash scholarships and the opportunity to represent the program as the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2014.

According to the organization, following her selection as the Distinguished Young Woman of Kansas, Jordan began preparations for the National Finals competition, which will include five categories of evaluation: scholastics (20%), interview (25%), fitness (15%), talent (25%) and self-expression (15%).

During her two weeks in Mobile, Jordan will participate in team building activities, complete community service projects, interact with the Gulf Coast community through various events and engage in many hours of rehearsal in preparation for the three night scholarship competition.

If selected as the program’s overall winner, Jordan will spend the next year representing Distinguished Young Women across the country through various appearances and promoting the program’s national outreach initiative of “Be Your Best Self.” The outreach program is designed to combat major issues facing children today including childhood obesity and high school drop out rates, as well as encourage young people to take an active interest in their communities through service. The outreach program consists of five elements – Be Healthy, Be Involved, Be Studious, Be Ambitious and Be Responsible.

Jordan is a 2014 graduate of Sacred Heart Jr/Sr High School and the daughter of Sarah and Malik Jordan.

Distinguished Young Women was founded in 1958 in Mobile, Alabama. It is the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls.

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