Two Indian American high schoolers were selected for ‘Distinguished Young Women’ 2022


Two Indian American girls from the state of Minnesota and Troy have been selected as the state representatives for the title of ‘Distinguished Young Women’ 2022.

Keerthana Ramanathan and Sharanya Swaminathan are both in their senior year of High School, chose dance as their preferred talent to showcase in the contest.

Distinguished Young Women is a national scholarship program for students currently in high school. It provides cash, as well as, college-granted scholarships and life skills workshops to young women students all around America. They have competitions at local, state and the national level.

“Many participants leave the program with scholarships to help them with their college educations, but all of them walk away with friendships, life skills and increased self-confidence. Distinguished Young Women strives to give every young woman the opportunity to further her education and prepare for a successful future,” their website reads.

The 2022 finals like any other year will be held in Mobile, Alabama in the month of June after the participants complete their high school graduation. In the two weeks in Alabama, they are engaged in various events, workshops, volunteering. During this time, they are also supposed to practice for their showcase for the finals.

Keerthana Ramanathan, a resident of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, wishes to study at Northwestern University and is keen on pursuing her interest in Surgical Oncology. She will be representing Minnesota at the competitions.

A student at the Eden Prairie Senior High School, she also is involved in cancer research at the University of Minnesota Medical School and has studied Oncology and Cancer biology from Harvard Extension School. She is a student campaign leader at the non-profit Leukemia and Lymphoma society.

Born to Tamil parents, Keerthana presented an Indian Classical dance Alarippu in the talent section.

Sharanya Swaminathan, selected as the Representative for the State of Michigan wishes to study at the Michigan State University upon completion of her High School in 2022. She is looking forward to studying Business Administration and Public Policy.

A student at Troy High School, Sharanya has been active in Model UN, Forensics Speech and Debate and International Youth Politics forum, Patch reported.

Indian Americans have in the past too, found themselves competing at the finals for the Distinguished Young Woman of America title.