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Princeton teen named Distinguished Young Woman of W.Va.


Mobile, Ala. (NEWS RELEASE) -- On September 16, Natalia Sklioutovskaya-Lopez of Princeton, W.Va. was named the Distinguished Young Woman of West Virginia and awarded $800 in cash scholarships during a statewide scholarship program for high school girls held at Pike View High School in Princeton, W.Va.

Sklioutovskaya-Lopez was one of 3 high school senior girls from West Virginia who competed to represent the state as the Distinguished Young Woman of West Virginia for 2013. Participants were evaluated in the categories of Scholastics (20%), Interview (25%), Fitness (15%), Self-Expression (15%) and Talent (25%).

Throughout the next year, Sklioutovskaya-Lopez 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.

Sklioutovskaya-Lopez is the daughter of Manuel Lopez and Kristina Sklioutovskaya and is a home school student.

The 56th National Finals will take place on June 27, 28, and 29, 2013, in Mobile, Ala. Sklioutovskaya-Lopez will travel to Mobile, Ala. along with 49 other state representatives to participate in personal development activities and community service projects before competing for the opportunity to become the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2013 and for additional cash scholarships. North Carolina's Christina Maxwell, who is attending the University of Michigan, won the 2012 overall award.

For more information on Distinguished Young Women of West Virginia or to set up an interview with Natalia Sklioutovskaya-Lopez, please contact Jennifer Tolbert (251-438-3621;

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