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SHS Students Named 2021 “Young Women of Distinction” Award Finalists

Cecily Kolko and Selin Akbas, Pittsford Sutherland High School Seniors, were named finalists in the “Young Women of Distinction” award program of the Women's Council, a Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce affiliate.

Cecily and Selin are among 13 finalists who will be recognized during a virtual celebration on May 18 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Modeled after the ATHENA Award, the “Young Women of Distinction” 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.

A $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to one student from each of the following four areas: Rochester City School District, Monroe County East, Monroe County West, and the combined eight regional counties surrounding Monroe County.

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