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Emily Kang Named 2019 Distinguished Young Woman of Illinois

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Emily Kang (center) 2019 winner of the Distinguished Young Woman of Illinois contest, poses with classmates Kaitlyn Lu (second from left), first runner-up, and Christie Lee (right), fourth runner-up, along with two other place-winners.

Senior Emily Kang was named Distinguished Young Woman of Illinois in July, the second consecutive Stevenson student to receive the honor. Dora Guo, a 2019 SHS graduate, earned the award in 2019.

Emily, who hopes to attend Northwestern University and eventually have a career in computer science, won the interview and talent categories at the DYW contest in Tinley Park. She also claimed $2,740 in college scholarships. 

Classmate Kaitlyn Lu was first runner-up and received a $750 scholarship, and fellow senior Christie Lee was named fourth runner-up and a $500 scholarship. Emily will represent Illinois at the Distinguished Young Woman of America competition in July 2020 in Mobile, Ala.

Distinguished Young Women, formerly known as America's Junior Miss, is a national non-profit organization that provides scholarship opportunities to high school senior girls.