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Local named Distinguished Young Woman of Nevada
by Tribune Staff
Apr 17, 2011 | 2836 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
LAS VEGAS — On March 26, Mandi Brooksbank of Reno was selected by Distinguished Young Women of Nevada, formerly Nevada’s Junior Miss Scholarship Program, as the Distinguished Young Woman of Nevada for 2011.

Brooksbank won $600 in cash scholarships and will travel to Mobile, Ala., to participate in the 54th national finals where she will be eligible for more scholarships.

Bonnie Brooksbank, Mandi’s older sister, represented Nevada in 2009 as Nevada’s Junior Miss. In addition, Brooksbank’s selection as the Distinguished Young Woman of Nevada for 2011 marks the third straight year that Nevada’s representative has been a Reno High School student.

Brooksbank is the daughter of Mary Brooksbank and attends Reno High School in Reno, Nevada. Brooksbank is involved in a variety of extracurricular activities including advanced choir, Booth Street Players, mock trial, girls golf and National Honors Society. She has received the following honors and awards and served in the following offices: Harvard Prize Book Award winner, student body treasurer, class secretary and senator and Nevada Girls state delegate.

Brooksbank was one of seven high school senior girls from Nevada who competed on March 26 to represent Nevada as the Distinguished Young Woman for 2011. Other awards presented include Katie Green of Elko as the first runner-up and Kristin Fitts of Las Vegas as the second runner-up. Green was voted by all of the participants as the young woman who represented the Spirit of Distinguished Young Women.

The 54th national finals will take place on June 23 through 25. Brooksbank will travel to Mobile to participate in personal development activities and community service projects before competing for the opportunity to become the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2011 and for a share of more than $125,000 in scholarships. Idaho’s Madison Leonard, who attends Pepperdine University, won the 2010 overall award.

Founded in 1958 in Mobile, Distinguished Young Women, formerly America’s Junior Miss, is the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls.  During its 54 years of operation, the program has provided life-changing experiences for more than 700,000 young women. Last year, Distinguished Young Women provided more than $63 million in cash and college scholarship opportunities.

Distinguished Young Women inspires high school girls to develop their full, individual potential through a fun, transformative experience that culminates in a celebratory showcase of their accomplishments. 

For more information, contact Stephanie Bradford at Distinguished Young Women at 251-622-5335 or or visit

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