Young Women of Distinction Award recipients announced

By on May 8, 2017

The Women’s Council, a Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce affiliate, announced the recipients of its 18th annual Young Women of Distinction Awards.  The scholarship program supports the Women’s Council’s belief that young women with promise today will become tomorrow’s leaders.

Cassandra Jones of Gates-Chili High School was one of four 2017 Young Women of Distinction honorees.

The four top recipients, one each from the Rochester City School District, Monroe County east, Monroe County west, and the eight regional counties surrounding Monroe, receive a $2,000 scholarship and an opportunity for a paid internship at an area company.

Other local finalists this year included:Brooke Fisher, Churchville-Chili; Paige Koss, Hilton; Elizabeth Piedmont, Batavia and  Stephanie Train, Greece Athena.

Modeled after the ATHENA Award, the Young Women of Distinction program is designed to discover high school seniors who have displayed outstanding leadership, academic excellence, and involvement in the nine-county Rochester and Finger Lakes region.

Women’s Council President Wende Knapp, Esq., said, “This year’s class of finalists, as in years past, represents an elite group of young women, and the successes of our four recipients highlight what outstanding young leadership looks like.  All of these young women provide incredible hope for the future of our community, both locally and globally, and the Women’s Council is honored to further its mission by recognizing and empowering these future leaders as they begin their professional journey.”

For more information on the Women’s Council and the Young Women of Distinction program, visit

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