Mobile, Ala. (Jan.18, 2013) — Chelsea Robinson was named the Distinguished Young Woman of Hawai‘i on January 12.
Robinson, of Mililani, was awarded $4,700 in cash scholarships during a statewide scholarship program for high school girls held at Sacred Heart Academy in Honolulu. She was one of nine high school senior girls from Hawai‘i who competed to represent the state as the Distinguished Young Woman of Hawai‘i for 2013.
Participants were evaluated in the categories of Scholastics (20 percent), Interview (25 percent), Fitness (15 percent), Self-Expression (15 percent) and Talent (25 percent).
Throughout the next year, Robinson will represent the state at various public events and serve as a role model to young people by spreading the program’s national outreach message of “Be Your Best Self.” The outreach program is designed to encourage self-esteem and excellence in all young people through its five principles: Be Healthy, Be Involved, Be Studious, Be Ambitious, and Be Responsible.
Robinson is the daughter of Charles and Sherry Robinson and is a senior at Hanalani Schools.
The 56th National Finals will take place on June 27, 28, and 29, 2013, in Mobile, Ala. Robinson will travel to Mobile, Ala. along with 49 other state representatives to participate in personal development activities and community service projects before competing for the opportunity to become the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2013 and for additional cash scholarships. North Carolina’s Christina Maxwell, who is attending the University of Michigan, won the 2012 overall award.
Founded in 1958 in Mobile, Alabama, Distinguished Young Women is the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls. During its 56 years of operation, the program has provided life-changing experiences for more than 730,000 young women. Last year, Distinguished Young Women provided more than $108 million in cash and college scholarship opportunities to program participants at the local, state and national level. Previously known as America’s Junior Miss, the program announced its new name in June 2010.
The mission of Distinguished Young Women is to positively impact the lives of young women by providing a transformative experience that promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership and talent. National sponsors include the City of Mobile, Mobile County, Wintzell’s Oyster House, Encore Rehabilitation, SPANX, Mobile Gas: A Sempra Company, Regions Bank, Alabama Power Foundation, and Master Boat Builders.