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Greensboro, N.C. -- Let your light shine. That's the theme for this year's Distinguished Young Woman of North Carolina event.

Distinguished Young Women is a national scholarship program for high school girls that helps to positively impact the lives ofyoung ladies.

Founded in 1958, it is the largest and oldest scholarship program for high school senior girls in the country.

TheNorth Carolina event takes place on Friday, January 31, 2014 and Saturday, February 1, 2014 at the Greensboro War Memorial Auditorium.

Amie Sessoms, the2013 Distinguished Young Woman of North Carolina joined WFMY News 2's Tracey McCain on the good morning show to talk about her experience over the past year.

"I've been able to grow in so many aspects of my life," said Aime who is now a freshman at the University of South Carolina. "Once you experience this program it issomething that changes your life forever."

Aime has earned more than $11,000 in scholarships through her participation in this program.

"I've just been so blessed to come back this week and be with the girls. I've been able to mentor and be a role model for them. But also just being able to cheer them on," she added.

Constance Owl, the 2014 Distinguished Young Woman of Cherokee County andTaylor Hnatek the 2014 Distinguished Young Woman of Wake County talked about what they like most about the competition.

This week, the ladies participated in community service events at Bessemer Elementary.Constance talked about why she likes the volunteer aspect of the program.

"It was so fun to go and talk about how amazing the program is," Constance explained. "Talking with these 5th graders, they were so sweet and they were so excited to hear from us and we had the best time."

"The best part of the competition for me is that it really doesn't feel like a competition," added Taylor. "It's just so much fun."

The 2014 Distinguished Young Woman of North Carolina event takes place on Friday, January 31, 2014and Saturday, February1, 2014at the Greensboro War Memorial Auditorium. The event starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets are sold at the door and cost $35 per night. The event will award $22,000 in cash scholarships.

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