Mobile, Ala. - On February 23, Brittany Egnot of Loudonville was named the Distinguished Young Woman of New York and awarded $1,800 in cash scholarships during a statewide scholarship program for high school girls held at the University of Albany Performing Arts Center in Albany.
Egnot was one of 8 high school senior girls from New York who competed to represent the state as the Distinguished Young Woman of New York for 2013. Participants were evaluated in the categories of Scholastics (20%), Interview (25%), Fitness (15%), Self-Expression (15%) and Talent (25%).
Throughout the next year, Egnot 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.
Egnot is the daughter of James and Barbara Egnot and is a senior at Doane Stuart High School.
The 56th National Finals will take place on June 27, 28, and 29, 2013, in Mobile, Ala. Egnot 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.