Grace Lynch of Lawrence Crowned 2018 Distinguished Young Woman of Kansas

By Toby Nosker
KNCK News Director

Grace Lynch of Lawrence, Kansas was crowned the 2018 Distinguished Young Woman of Kansas Saturday, November 4th at a program held at the Blair Theatre in Belleville. Lynch, a student at Lawrence High School with plans to attend Creighton University to become a physician's assistant, will now compete at the Distinguished Young Women National Finals in Mobile, Alabama in June 2018.

KNCK News spoke to Lynch who shared her reaction just moments after her win.

Distinguished Young Women is a unique program that combines the chance to win college scholarships with a program that offers Life Skills training to prepare young women for the world after high school. The program takes place in all 50 states and Washington DC with some states having local programs as well. Young women participate in either their junior or senior year of high school.

Each Distinguished Young Women program evaluates participants in the following categories: Scholastics (25%), Interview (25%), Talent (20%), Fitness (15%), and Self-Expression (15%).

Lynch said she appreciates everyone who made the program possible.

Lynch's school activities include dance team, National Honor Society, Student Council, LINK Crew, Habitat for Humanity Club, Pre-Med Club, Latin, Forensics and band drill team. She told us what she thinks she'll take away from her Distinguished Young Women of Kansas experience.

This year's other participants were Natalie Barrett of Leavenworth, Lynnae Benyshek of Belleville, Jaycee Blazek of Belleville, Mykala Caraccilo of Leavenworth, Gabi Nelms of Wakefield, Roylynn Madden of Concordia, Katie Pfanz of Concordia and Peyton Reynolds of Concordia.