Utah's newest Distinguished Young Women of Utah recipient

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(KUTV) -- Today on Fresh Living Sarah Sun, recently named the Distinguished Young Woman of Utah, sat down with the hosts to discuss her experience with the program and how she prepared.

Sarah Sun of Salt Lake City was recently named the Distinguished Young Woman of Utah and awarded $10,000 in cash scholarships during a statewide scholarship program for high school girls held at Juan Diego High School in Draper. Sun was one of 24 high school senior girls from Utah who competed to represent the state as the Distinguished Young Woman of Utah for 2019.

Participants were evaluated in the categories of Scholastics (25%), Interview (25%), Talent (20%), Fitness (15%) and Self-Expression (15%). Sun won an award in each of these five categories as well as the overall title. Throughout the next year, Sun 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.

Sun, daughter of Xun and Ling, is an accomplished pianist who has performed with professional orchestras in China and the United States, including the Utah Symphony. She has won multiple international awards, one of which offered her the opportunity to solo at Carnegie Hall. She performed “La Campanella” by Franz Liszt during the talent portion of the Distinguished Young Women program. Sun is also diligent in her academic pursuits as a full-diploma candidate in the International Baccalaureate program at Skyline High School where she is the Business and Marketing Sterling Scholar. She has served on the National Western Region Council for FBLA and placed at the national competition this past summer in Baltimore. She hopes to attend Yale University and work as a social entrepreneur.

The 62nd National Finals will take place June 27, 28 and 29, 2019, in Mobile, Ala. Sun will travel to Mobile, along with 51 other representatives from across the country, to participate in personal development activities and community service projects before competing for the opportunity to become the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2019. Indiana’s Aaryan Morrison, a student at Harvard University, was named the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2018.

For more information on Distinguished Young Women of Utah or to set up an interview with Sarah Sun, please contact Mary Hill at utah@distinguishedyw.org