Four area high school seniors have been named recipients of the 2012 Young Women of Distinction Awards, presented by the Women's Council to recognize young women who demonstrate excellence in academics, community service and leadership.
One winner was chosen in each of the following geographic categories:
All 20 finalists received gift bags, recognition certificates, a scholarship to a leadership training course and an opportunity to apply for a paid internship with one of the program's internship sponsors.
The other finalists were:
"Our goal is to empower our young women in hopes of fostering Rochester's next-generation of leaders and to help our business community continue to grow and prosper," said Lorisa D. LaRocca, program chairwoman and a partner at Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP.
The awards were presented this evening at a dessert reception at the Rochester Radisson Hotel downtown. The keynote speaker was the 2012 ATHENA recipient, Dr. Judith Baumhauer of the University of Rochester Medical Center.