The trio are among 20 finalists for the Young Women of Distinction Award
ROCHESTER — Finalists for the 19th annual Young Women of Distinction Award include high school seniors Maeya Yeatman of Naples; Olivia Keller of Palmyra-Macedon; and Kiara Kolaczyk of Victor.
They are among 20 finalists in the scholarship program designed to discover high school seniors who have displayed outstanding leadership, academic excellence and involvement in the nine-county Finger Lakes region.
Four of the 20 will be selected to receive a $2,500 scholarship and an opportunity for an internship at an area company. The remaining 16 finalists are also awarded an opportunity to interview for internships. All 20 finalists will receive gifts from community sponsors.
Yeatman, Keller and Kolaczyk are eligible for the regional award, in a pool that includes students from Monroe County and the eight counties surrounding it.
They remaining finalists are:
Safiya Gazali, East
Arielle Mahoney and Sarah Oeun, Young Women's College Prep
Autumn Jeffery, Caledonia-Mumford
Morgan Milhollen, Perry
Triniti Boykin, North Rose-Wolcott
Lauren Leone, Batavia
Jaelyn Morgan, Marion
Cassidy Graham, Alexander
Kaori-Mei Stephens, Harley
Grace Fjermedal, Mercy
Sarah Grace Hancock and Joanna Jin, Penfield
Allison Wilson, Rush-Henrietta
Jasmine Thomas, Gates-Chili
Juliana Tracey, Greece Athena
Lindsay Gallagher, Spencerport
The program, modeled after the ATHENA Award, is sponsored by the Women's Council, a Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce affiliate, supporting its belief that young women with promise today will become tomorrow's leaders.
The Women's Council will recognize the finalists at a celebration from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, May 7 at Ballroom 384 at City Grill, 384 East Ave., Rochester.
The Young Women of Distinction Award, brought to Rochester in 2000, is given out annually each spring in an effort to nuture Rochester's next generation of women leaders.