Yang Com­petes In Dis­tin­guished Young Women State Fi­nals

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Shan­nen Yang, Oak­dale’s Dis­tin­guished Young Woman, com­peted in the Dis­tin­guished Young Women of Cal­i­for­nia Class of 2019 State Fi­nals along with 24 other ris­ing high school se­niors in Bak­ers­field ear­lier this sum­mer.

The com­pe­ti­tion con­sisted of five cat­e­gories: Scholas­tics, In­ter­view, Fit­ness, Tal­ent, and Self Ex­pres­sion. For the Scholas­tics cat­e­gory, Yang’s aca­demic record was eval­u­ated by a qual­i­fied ed­u­ca­tor. She re­ceived a 10 minute per­sonal in­ter­view with the pro­gram’s judges for the In­ter­view cat­e­gory. For the Fit­ness cat­e­gory, Yang skill­fully ex­e­cuted a chore­ographed 10 minute aer­o­bic fit­ness rou­tine. In ad­di­tion, she per­formed Mozart’s Cadena from Pi­ano Con­certo No. 23 in A Ma­jor on the pi­ano for her tal­ent pre­sen­ta­tion. Fi­nally, Yang dis­played her pub­lic speak­ing abil­ity, con­fi­dence, and poise for the Self Ex­pres­sion cat­e­gory when she thought­fully ad­dressed the ques­tion what she would at­tempt to do if she knew she could not fail.

Yang and the can­di­dates spent a to­tal of eight days in Bak­ers­field for the com­pe­ti­tion and other ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded mak­ing spe­cial ap­pear­ances and at­tend­ing a men­tor­ing brunch with young women en­trepreneurs.

Fol­low­ing the pro­gram, Yang said, “I’ve grown so much this past week. This ex­pe­ri­ence def­i­nitely ex­ceeded my ex­pec­ta­tions as I’ve now made so many new friends and have be­come more con­fi­dent in not only my skills but also my­self. I will no doubt miss every­one and ev­ery­thing and will use this ex­pe­ri­ence as an in­spi­ra­tion in the fu­ture.”

At­tend­ing the pro­gram with Yang were her par­ents, Alexan­der and Ping Yang, brothers Clea­vant and Ethan, as well as sev­eral fam­ily mem­bers. Also at­tend­ing the pro­gram was Sorop­ti­mist mem­ber and Oak­dale DYW Pro­gram Chair Nancy Lilly.

Au­drey Hsu, Dis­tin­guished Young Woman of Cer­ri­tosArte­sia East, was named Cal­i­for­nia’s Dis­tin­guished Young Woman for the Class of 2019.

Oak­dale’s pro­gram is spon­sored by Sorop­timst In­ter­na­tional of Oak­dale. The next lo­cal pro­gram for the Class of 2020 will be held in March 2019 and is open to ju­nior class girls that re­side in the 95361 zip code. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Lilly at 847-6488.

PHOTO COUR­TESY NANCY LILLY

Fam­ily mem­bers in­clud­ing her par­ents and brothers ac­com­pa­nied Shan­nen Yang, cen­ter, to Bak­ers­field re­cently for the state fi­nals of the Cal­i­for­nia Dis­tin­guished Young Womenpro­gram.

PHOTO COUR­TESY BRIAN PITTS/DIS­TIN­GUISHED YOUNG WOMEN OF CAL­I­FOR­NIA

Oak­dale’s Dis­tin­guished Young Woman Shan­nen Yang per­forms in the tal­ent por­tion of the com­pe­ti­tion at the re­cent state fi­nals of the DYW, hosted in Bak­ers­field.

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