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Bergstrom to take part in national competition

Reyna Bergstrom of Horace, N.D., headed to Mobile, Ala., on Sunday to participate in the 57th Distinguished Young Women National Finals.

Bergstrom is one of 50 state representatives competing for a share of more than $150,000 in cash scholarships and the opportunity to represent the program as the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2014.

Following her selection as the Distinguished Young Woman of North Dakota, Bergstrom began preparations for the National Finals competition, which will include five categories of evaluation: scholastics, interview, fitness, talent and self-expression.

During her two weeks in Mobile, Bergstrom will participate in team-building activities, complete community service projects, interact with the Gulf Coast community through various events and engage in many hours of rehearsal in preparation for the three-night scholarship competition.

“We are delighted to have 50 of the best young women that America has to offer to come to our city to participate in the 57th National Finals,” said Pam Patterson, interim executive director for Distinguished Young Women. “Mobile always opens its arms and welcomes these young ladies into their hearts and their homes.”

If selected as the program’s overall winner, Bergstrom will spend the next year representing Distinguished Young Women across the country through various appearances and promoting the program’s national outreach initiative of “Be Your Best Self.” The outreach program is designed to combat major issues facing children today, including childhood obesity and high school dropout rates, as well as encourage young people to take an active interest in their communities through service. The outreach program consists of five elements – Be Healthy, Be Involved, Be Studious, Be Ambitious and Be Responsible.

Bergstrom is a 2014 graduate of Oak Grove Lutheran School and the daughter of Ruth and Lance Bergstrom.