Scottsdale Teen Named Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2022
On June 25, Katelyn Cai of Scottsdale was named the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2022 and presented with a cash scholarship of $40,000 at the conclusion of the 65th Distinguished Young Women National Finals in Mobile, Ala.
Distinguished Young Women, formerly known as America’s Junior Miss, is a national nonprofit that provides scholarships to high school senior girls so that they can reach their full individual potential.
Cai, a recent graduate of BASIS Scottsdale, earned preliminary scholarship awards in the fitness, talent, self-expression, interview and scholastics categories, along with a satellite award totaling $46,000 in additional cash scholarships.
In addition to serving as the national representative of Distinguished Young Women for the next year, Cai will attend Duke University and pursue a career in the legislature as a public servant. She is the daughter of Jenny Zheng and Will Cai.
Other participants receiving top awards in the 2022 Distinguished Young Women National Finals include first runner-up Julianne Abenoja of Birmingham, Ala., second runner-up Cynthia Lu of Brookfield, Wis., and third runner-up Isabel Xue of Wayland, Mass.
During the three-day competition, $153,000 in cash scholarships was awarded.