Thursday June 26, 2014
Reema Sameen of South Burlington is heading to Mobile, Ala. where she will participate in the 57th Distinguished Young Women National Finals June 26, 27 and 28 at the Mobile Civic Center Theater. Sameen is the representative for the state of Vermont, one of 50 young women, 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. Sameen is a 2014 graduate of South Burlington High School and the daughter of Aroosha Sanoor and Sameen Mohideen.
Following her selection as the Distinguished Young Woman of Vermont, Sameen began preparations for the National Finals competition, which will include five categories of evaluation: scholastics (20 percent), interview (25 percent), fitness (15 percent), talent (25 percent) and self-expression (15 percent). During her two weeks in Mobile, Sameen 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 competition. The program’s overall winner 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 dropout 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.