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Sunset grad Kennedy Ho receives awards during national scholarship competition

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Sunset High graduate Kennedy Ho won two $1,000 scholarships during the 59th Distinguished Young Women National Finals in Mobile, Ala., on Saturday.Sunset High School graduate Kennedy Ho is making her senior summer one for the memory books.

Ho, who graduated with hundreds of her classmates back on June 8, received an interview award during the second night of preliminary competition at the 59th Distinguished Young Women National Finals in Mobile, Ala., on Saturday.

She was awarded a $1,000 cash scholarship for her efforts, as were three others among the 51 state representatives who received the highest scores from a panel of judges evaluating their personality, situational reactions, maturity and expressive ability. Ho also earned the Press Register/AL.com Distinguished Diaries Award worth $1,000.

Following a selection process that began back in Oregon, Ho traveled to Mobile along with 50 other state representatives to participate in community activities and prepare for the 59th annual national competition.

Ho will attend Chapman University in the fall with plans to become a OBGYN physician assistant. She is the daughter of Tina and Han Ho.

During her high school career, Ho was — to say the least — busy at Sunset. Among her many activities at Sunset, Ho was: president of Health Occupations Students of America; a student leader of WyldLife; a member of YoungLife; a member of the National Honor Society; a member of the Elite Dance Studio Competitive Company; a student nursing assistant; a Bodyvox JAG Company dancer; a member of the Junior Statesmen of America; an L.Y.F.E. Company Dancer; and a member of the Diversity Committee, Activities Committee, Publicity Committee and the Student Government-Philanthropy Committee.

She did more, too, outside the realm of school activities. Those other ventures included: service at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital; she was a National Teen Ambassador for the Association of Frontotemporal Degeneration; she was a Special Olympics coach; she served in the Children's Ministry at Solid Rock Westside; and she was the high school leader for the American Red Cross Blood Drive.

In total, more than $100,000 in cash scholarship was awarded during the three-day competition. Distinguished Young Women, now in its 59th year, is the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls. During its existence, more than 745,000 young women have received more than $104 million in cash scholarships and $1.1 billion in college-granted scholarship opportunities.