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The North Providence Breeze 07-01-2020

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But due to the ongoing health crisis, the program switched to a digital format this year, which meant Carrasco, who graduated from North Providence High School this month, had to prerecord and submit videos of herself taking part in the different portions of the national scholarship program rather than performing them live in front of a panel of judges. Last week she watched the compe- tition online, where Elif Ozyurekoglu from Kentucky was named this year's Distinguished Young Woman of America. While Carrasco, who represented the state of Rhode Island, didn't win, "I'm feeling really, really good about (how the competition went)," she said, adding that she did every por- tion of the program and "left it with confidence and pride in myself." The program's evaluation process includes scholastics, interview, fit- ness, talent and public speaking. Carrasco, daughter of Kelli Price and Felix Carrasco, participated in the public speaking portion via a recorded video conference call. She also completed an individual inter- view with a panel of five judges over video conference, and her scholastic performance was scored through an evaluation of her high school aca- demic record and stan- dardized test scores, states a press release from the Distinguished Young Women organization. Carrasco said the goal of the scholarship program is to empower women to go to college and pursue higher education. "It's a giant sisterhood of all these amazing women across the country," she said. "Everyone is willing to help you. … I can't even describe it. It's such an amazing experience." The mission of Distinguished Young Women, a free program founded in 1958, is to empower young women by providing over $1 billion in scholarship opportunities and develop their self-confidence. They get to participate in Life Skills Workshops that prepare them for success after high school, according to the organization. "These young women are intel- ligent, ambitious and ready to take their place as leaders in their com- munities," Kendra Haskins, execu- tive director of Distinguished Young Women, said in a statement. For her talent submission, Carrasco, who's been a dancer since age 3, performed a routine to "La Vie En Rose." The fitness portion was described as Jazzercise, she said, and all of the women had to perform the same routine. For the self-expression portion, Carrasco was asked to record herself explaining a motto that she lives by. "I told them, 'if there's no seat at the table for you, bring a folding chair.'" She said from a young age she knew that if she wanted to see change in the world, she'd have to be that change. Carrasco, who hopes to have a career as a pediatrician, plans to attend the University of Alabama in the fall. She said winning the state level of the Distinguished Young Women competition was amazing and allowed her to receive an almost full ride to the university. "Thanks to Distinguished Young Women, I have scholarships to go to college," she said. This is the first competition of this sort that she has participated in, but she said she's considering doing similar competitions in the future to try and win more scholarship money to help fund her goal to go to medical school. "I want to be part of organizations that lift and empower women," she said. Because this year's group of young women couldn't be together in Alabama, they cheered each other on in a group text chat while the competition aired, Carrasco said, adding that when it's safe to do so, they'll all travel down to Alabama to meet one another and hang out. Now that the competition is over, she said she's feeling a little sad. "I will absolutely stay in touch with this organization," she said. "I don't think they'll let me leave." Carrasco said she encourages any high school girl in the Class of 2021 to try out for the competition, not just for the possibility of winning scholarship money but for the cama- raderie it creates. "Rhode Island has the best team … that will support you," she said. "This is a really great program to be a part of." For more, visit www.distinguished- . NP's Carrasco grateful for experience with Distinguished Young Women By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer CARRASCO Paolino pursues re-election for District 17 LINCOLN – Sen. Thomas J. Paolino has announced his re-elec- tion campaign to the Rhode Island state Senate District 17 represent- ing Lincoln, North Providence and North Smithfield. Paolino said his focus "continues to be exceptional government for the residents of our district. Eliminating wasteful spending, supporting real- istic budget initiatives and lowering taxes while opposing tax increases and deficit spending has been my ultimate goal." "The COVID-19 pandemic will result in a very challenging fiscal and economic environment," he said. "I have been entrusted to work on sev- eral important committees, includ- ing the Senate Finance Committee, Senate Health and Human Services Committee, and the COVID-19 Joint Task Force, giving the residents of our district a seat at the table when discussing these important issues." Paolino asked voters to support "ongoing efforts promoting policies aimed at economic growth and job creation while keeping our district safe and pristine." He promised to continue to work to lower the cost of living and doing business in the state post-pandemic, utilizing the "billions of dollars in resources from our federal govern- ment to provide the financial assis- tance without long waits and red tape." "We must deliver the quality of life our residents have not only earned, but deserve, and they should expect nothing less," he said. "Success never comes before hard work and I am confident by working together, we will move R.I. forward to pride and prosperity." "In closing, thank you for having placed your trust in me. The experi- ence I have gained will allow me to provide strong leadership as we move forward." he said. Local Eats

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