On Sunday, February 24, 2019, Zoe Billedo of Ozark, MO was named the Distinguished Young Woman of Missouri and awarded $300 in cash scholarships during a statewide scholarship program for high school girls held at the Daniel Boone Branch Library in St. Louis, MO. Billedo was one of three high school senior girls from Missouri who competed to represent the state as the Distinguished Young Woman of Missouri for 2019. Participants were evaluated in the categories of Scholastics (25%), Interview (25%), Talent (20%), Fitness (15%) and Self-Expression (15%).  

Throughout the next year, Billedo will represent the state at various public events and serve as a role model to young people by spreading the program’s national outreach message of “Be Your Best Self.” The outreach program is designed to encourage self-esteem and excellence in all young people through its five principles: Be Healthy, Be Involved, Be Studious, Be Ambitious and Be Responsible.Billedo is the daughter of Nathan and Doniel and is a senior at Ozark High School in Ozark, Mo. The 62nd National Finals will take place June 27, 28 and 29, 2019, in Mobile, Ala. Billedo will travel to Mobile, along with 51 other representatives from across the country to participate in personal development activities and community service projects before competing for the opportunity to become the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2019. Indiana’s Aaryan Morrison, a student at Harvard University, was named the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2018.

Via Press Release