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2022 Young Women of Distinction Award Finalists Announced

April 4, 2022

ROCHESTER, NY (April 4, 2022) The Women’s Council, a Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce affiliate, has announced the 20 finalists for its annual Young Women of Distinction Award.  The scholarship program supports the Women’s Council’s belief that young women with promise today will become tomorrow’s leaders.


Modeled after the ATHENA Award, the program is designed to discover high school seniors who have displayed outstanding leadership, academic excellence, and involvement in the nine-county Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes region. 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 $2,500 scholarship.


The 2022 Young Women of Distinction Award finalists are:


Amy Feng – Pittsford Sutherland High School

Catherine Healy – Penfield High School

Joyce Shi – Pittsford Mendon High School

Lola DeAscentiis – The Harley School

Mary Cotter – Allendale Columbia School

Stefanie Sellitto – Webster Schroeder High School


Aaniyah Simmons – World of Inquiry School

Natalie Buzzell – School of the Arts

Shannon Conner – School of the Arts


Emma Manley – Brockport High School

Gwen Bushen – Aquinas Institute of Rochester

Isabelle Price – Hilton High School

Jessica Williams – Hilton High School

Lydia Dawkins – Hall – Gates Chili High school


Angela Tewksbury – Livonia High School

Anna Quarterman – Naples Central School

En-Ya Shen – Geneva High School

Kasey Hall – Naples High School

Noelia Ventura – Batavia High School

Sydney Haas – Victor Senior High School


Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and its Women’s Council affiliate will recognize the finalists during an in-person celebration on May 3 at The Strathallan. For more information on the Young Women of Distinction Award, visit or contact Cassidy Franklin at  Donations are welcome, and directly support the Young Women of Distinction scholarships and event:


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