Phenix City grad to compete in scholarship competition

Phenix City grad to compete in scholarship competition

PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM/WXTX) - A Phenix City graduate will soon get the chance of a lifetime. Bria Kalpen will compete in the 58th Annual Distinguished Young Women National Finals in Mobile later this month.

Kalpen is the daughter of Konrad Kalpen and Paula Reed, and is a 2015 graduate of Brookstone School in Columbus. She will be one of 50 state representatives competing for a share of $150,000 in scholarships. The Finals will be held at the Mobile Civic Theater on June 25-27.

Kalpen told in an interview earlier this year, "I was really surprised. When they called my name, all I could do was stand there. I probably made the ugliest face because I was just like 'what are y'all thinking?'"

Her futures plan is to attend Northwestern University in September to purse a degree in Broadcast Journalism (watch out folks at WTVM!).

If Kalpen becomes the overall winner, she will spend the next year as the Distinguishing Young Women's representative. She will travel the country promoting the program's national outreach initiative of "Be Your Best Self."

To view the live webcast of the Distinguished Young Women National Finals, visit their website.

Distinguished Young Women has more than 400 local programs across the nation. In addition to scholarships, a Distinguished Young Woman will receive a medallion symbolizing her classroom achievements and any extracurricular activities.

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