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Soroptimist International Of Oakdale Sponsors Distinguished Young Women

Soroptimist International Of Oakdale Sponsors Distinguished Young Women

The annual Distinguished Young Women of
Oakdale program will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at Magnolia
School Auditorium. Soroptimist International of Oakdale has sponsored the
program for the past 32 years. Oakdale High School senior Jaden Chau currently
holds the title of Oakdale’s Distinguished Young Woman.

Oakdale’s program features 17
participants from the Class of 2021: Nicole Brunker, Mackenzie Carreira, Kylie
Davis, Carley Denys, Harmony Edwards, Alexis Hamby, Stephanie Hauser, Madison
Hoffman, Lauren Kiely, Caroline Krum, Hannah Lee, Charlotte Liekhus, Ava
Merchant, Olivia Mondragon, Jadyn Rau, Leilani Roper, and Hannah Sundberg. They
will compete in five categories: Scholastics, Talent, Fitness, Interview, and
Self Expression for the Distinguished Young Woman of Oakdale title as well as
category and other scholarship awards totaling $7,850. The candidate selected
as Oakdale’s Distinguished Young Woman will go on to compete in the
Distinguished Young Women of California program this summer.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for
children and students and may be purchased at the event. The doors will open
for tickets and seating at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Nancy Lilly
(209) 607-7605.

This week, we preview the first eight
candidates, again listed in alphabetical order.

 

Nicole Brunker

With an interest in law, Nicole would
like to attend a UC and study to become a lawyer following graduation from
Oakdale High School. Nicole has served in the on campus clubs Cultural Cuisine
and Interact since her freshman year and currently serves as President of both
clubs. She is also a member of the S Club and currently serves as Historian. Nicole
enjoys playing tennis and is a member of the OHS tennis team. Nicole has earned
her Academic Block O in recognition of her high grade point average. Other
achievements include earning first place in a speech contest and a tennis
award. Outside of school, Nicole has fed the homeless with her church and
participated in a summer theater program. Nicole’s interests include
kickboxing, playing the piano, and travelling. Supporting Nicole in all that
she does are her parents Wendi and Victor Murray and Robert and Eska Brunker
and sisters “UB” and Amy.

 

Mackenzie Carreira

Mackenzie enjoys learning about science
and history and finds crime with its many mysteries interesting. As such,
following graduation from Oakdale High School, Mackenzie would like to attend
UC Davis and study for a career as a forensic detective. Mackenzie has been
active in cheerleading for many years and is on the Varsity squad at OHS. She
has shared her love of the sport volunteering her time to teach the basics of
cheerleading to young girls participating in the Mini Mustangs program at OHS
and youth groups at Infinite Athletics. Mackenzie has also volunteered her time
feeding and providing warm clothing to the homeless on Thanksgiving and has
participated in a car wash fundraiser. During her free time, Mackenzie enjoys
tumbling, exercising, listening to music, editing photos, shopping thrift
stores to turn old things into new, sewing, and the art of makeup. Supporting
Mackenzie in all of her endeavors are parents Connie and Daniel Carreira and
sister Camryn.

 

Kylie Davis

At Oakdale High School, Kylie is the
goalie on the Varsity Water Polo team. Kylie received the team’s Integrity Award
in 2019. She is also involved in the on campus Interact Club and Cultural
Cuisine Club. Kylie enjoys speech class and competitions and received third
place in an Oakdale Rotary speech competition. She also enjoys volunteering her
time and has participated in an Autism Speaks Walk in Modesto and performed set
up and clean up duties at numerous water polo games. Kylie enjoys caring for
the animals on her family’s farm. Following graduation from OHS, Kylie plans to
attend college and major in marketing and business management. Cheering Kylie
on in all that she does are her parents Nicole and Phillip Davis and sister
Andrea.

 

Carley Denys

Carley is active on the Oakdale High
School campus as a member of the Leadership class, Fellowship of Christian
Athletes, and Future Farmers of America (FFA) in which she has received FFA
Greenhand Degree and FFA Chapter Degree awards for her work in the program. She
is also a member of the OHS soccer and track teams. Carley is a member of the
Oakdale Soccer Club, S Club, Key Club, Interact Club, and Link Crew at OHS. Outside
of school, Carley volunteers her time helping with IDMES (Irmandade Mariense Do
Divino Espirito Santo) events. She also serves as a Junior Volunteer for Oak
Valley Hospital District. Carley would like to attend Oklahoma University and
study to become an emergency room doctor. Other interests of Carley’s include
practicing yoga, cooking and baking, and photography. Encouraging Carley every
step of the way is her mother Denise Sawyer, brother AJ, and sisters Megan,
Melissa, Shyler, and Justine.

 

Harmony Edwards

Following graduation from Oakdale High
School, Harmony would like to attend Ohio State University to study business
with the career goal of owning her own business. Harmony has received First
Place awards in a Science Olympiad competition as well as a poetry contest. Harmony
has also been recognized for her efforts in sports earning the Best Defensive
Player and Most Improved Player awards for basketball, Most Improved Player
award for softball, and Best All Around award for cheerleading. Harmony
volunteers her time as a basketball coach for young children’s teams and helps
with various community events and school clubs. Outside of school and sports,
Harmony enjoys painting, playing the guitar, piano, and ukulele, singing,
hunting for vintage items, and skiing. Keeping up with Harmony and all of her
activities are parents Kechina and Rob Edwards, brother Declan, and sister
Phoebe.

 

Alexis Hamby

Alexis is very active both on the
Oakdale High School campus and off. On campus, Alexis is a member of the OHS tennis
team and softball team. Off campus, Alexis takes kickboxing and Jiu Jitsu
classes at the Oakdale Mixed Martial Arts Academy. Also at OHS, Alexis serves
as Vice President of the Interact Club and is also a member of the Gay-Straight
Alliance Club. Following graduation from OHS, Alexis would like to attend the
University of Washington and study to become a pediatrician or family
physician. In addition to mixed martial arts, Alexis enjoys writing, baking,
cooking, and reading. Supporting Alexis in all of her endeavors are her parents
Antonia and Michael Hamby, sister Neesa, and brothers Shane and Ayden.

 

Stephanie Hauser

With an interest in medicine, Stephanie
would like to attend Johns Hopkins University and study to become a biomedical
engineer or orthopedic surgeon after graduation from Oakdale High School. Stephanie
has received her Academic Block O for her academic achievements and the Doing
High School Right Award. On the OHS campus, Stephanie volunteers her time with
the S Club and Literacy Center. Outside OHS, Stephanie volunteers at Oak Valley
Hospital and her church. Stephanie has also volunteered for the outdoor
education program and received a certificate of recognition for her time. Stephanie
enjoys music and plays the piano, guitar, and ukulele. She also enjoys reading,
writing, and running. Supporting Stephanie in all of her endeavors are parents
Stephen and Norma Hauser and sister Shirley.

 

Madison Hoffman

Following graduation from Oakdale High
School, Madison would like to attend the University of Washington and study
medicine for a career as a pediatrician. Madison volunteers her time with the
on campus Pre-Med Club and Literacy Center. Madison is also a California
Scholastic Federation member as well as a member of the OHS tennis team. Her
public service activities include tutoring, working community events as an S Club
member, and library helper. Madison’s work in the OHS Leadership class earned
her an award for leadership and excellence. In her spare time, Madison enjoys
reading, writing, and playing tennis. Encouraging Madison in all that she does
are parents Nikki Foster and Kevin Hoffman.

 

Next week, a look at the remaining nine
hopefuls for the Outstanding Young Woman award, including: Lauren Kiely,
Caroline Krum, Hannah Lee, Charlotte Liekhus, Ava Merchant, Olivia Mondragon,
Jadyn Rau, Leilani Roper and Hannah Sundberg.

Begun in 1958, Distinguished Young Women
has impacted the lives of more than 770,000 young women. The mission is to
empower high school young women by providing scholarship opportunities,
developing self-confidence and teaching crucial life skills needed for success
in college and beyond. National sponsors include Mobile County, City of Mobile,
Barbara Barrington Jones Family Foundation, Alabama Power Foundation, Master
Boat Builders, Wintzell’s Oyster House, Encore Rehabilitation, Regions
Financial Corporation, Evonik, Jostens and Alabama Media Group.