Zora Richardson of The Dalles will be heading to Mobile, Alabama on Monday to participate in the 65th Distinguished Young Women National Finals later in the month. Richardson is one of 50 representatives competing for over $150,000 in cash scholarships and the opportunity to represent the program as the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2022. During her two weeks in Mobile, Richardson will participate in team building activities, complete community service projects, interact with the Gulf Coast community through various events and engage in many hours of rehearsal in preparation for the three-night scholarship competition. If selected as the program’s overall winner, Richardson will spend the next year representing Distinguished Young Women across the country through various appearances and promoting the program’s national outreach initiative of Be Your Best Self, which is designed to combat major issues facing children today including childhood obesity and high school dropout rates, as well as encourage young people to take an active interest in their communities through service. Richardson is a 2022 graduate of The Dalles High School and the daughter of Judy and Dan Richardson.