Bakersfield teen represents CA at Distinguished Young Women national competition

Kimberly Marquez, a recent graduate of Bakersfield High School, is seen in a photo provided by the Distinguished Young Women organization. Marquez will represent California in the 2018 national competition.

Kimberly Marquez, a young woman who graduated this year from Bakersfield High School, has been selected as California's representative in the Distinguished Young Women national competition at the end of this month in Mobile, Alabama.

The Class of 2018 will be competing for a total of more than $110,000 in cash scholarships.

Distinguished Young Women of Bakersfield works with the national organization, with the mission to empower young women by providing scholarship opportunities, developing self-confidence and teaching crucial life skills needed for success in college and beyond.

Spokeswoman Jessica Sawyer said Marquez earned the right to represent her state based on her scholastic achievements, along with her interview skills and other talents.

As a whole, Distinguished Young Women makes available more than $1 billion in cash and college-granted scholarships available each year on the combined local, state and national levels.

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