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West Fargo teen named Distinguished Young Woman of North Dakota


October 18, 2018

MOORHEAD, MINN. – On Sunday, Oct. 14, Esofi Nunyi of West Fargo, N.D., was named the Distinguished Young Woman of North Dakota for 2019 during a statewide scholarship program for high school girls held at the Trollwood School for Performing Arts.

Nunyi was one of four high school senior girls from North Dakota who competed to represent the state as the Distinguished Young Woman of State for 2019. Participants were evaluated in the categories of Scholastics (25%), Interview (25%), Talent (20%), Fitness (15%), and Self-Expression (15%).

Throughout the next year, Nunyi 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.

Nunyi is the daughter of Dorin Ngwe and is a senior at Sheyenne High School.

The 62ndNational Finals will take place on June 27, 28 and 29, 2019, in Mobile, Ala. Nunyi will travel to Mobile, along with 50 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 and for additional cash scholarships. Indiana’s Aaryan Morrison, who is attending Harvard University, was named the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2018.

For more information on Distinguished Young Women of North Dakota or to set up an interview with Esofi, please contact Carol Rubino at or 952-250-1248.

About Distinguished Young Women

Begun in 1958, Distinguished Young Women has impacted the lives of more than 770,000 young women. Our 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, Alabama Power Foundation, Encore Rehabilitation, Wintzell’s Oyster House, Master Boat Builders, Barbara Barrington Jones Family Foundation, Evonik, Regions Financial Corporation, Jostens and Alabama Media Group.


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