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Ferrisburgh teenager competes nationally

FERRISBURGH-Ann Clancy of Ferrisburgh arrived in Mobile, Ala., June 12 to participate in the 54th Distinguished Young Women National Finals. Clancy is one of 50 state representatives competing for a share of $142,000 in cash scholarships and the opportunity to represent the program as the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2011.

The 50 state representatives were welcomed to Mobile with an Arrival Ceremony kicking-off two weeks of events, activities and rehearsals leading up to the 54th National Finals to be held June 23-25 at the Mobile Civic Center Theater.

Clancy was greeted by her host family, who she will live with until June 25, a tradition dating back to the start program.

She was also welcomed by city officials, program sponsors and a local Girl Scout troop participating in the Adopt a Distinguished Young Woman program.

"The mission of Distinguished Young Women is to provide a life-enhancing experience for our participants that culminates in a celebratory showcase of their accomplishments," said Becky Jo Peterson of Distinguished Young Women.

During her time in Alabama, Clancy and her fellow state representatives participated in team building activities, complete community service projects and interact with the Gulf Coast community through various events.

Founded in 1958, Distinguished Young Women, is the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls.

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