Mobile, Ala. (June 28, 2014) – On Friday, June 27, Brooke Rucker of Cartersville, Ga. received a self-expression award during the second night of preliminary competition at the 57th Distinguished Young Women National Finals. The $1,000 cash scholarship was presented to four of the 50 state representatives who received the highest scores from the panel of judges following their on-stage oral presentation in front of an audience.

Following a selection process that began in her home state of Georgia, Rucker traveled to Mobile, Ala. along with 49 other state representatives to participate in community activities and prepare for the 57th annual national competition.

Rucker is a graduate of Woodland High School. In the fall, she will attend Florida State University with plans to become a choreographer. She is the daughter of Tanya and Donald Rucker.

Competition continues on Saturday, June 28 with the selection of the top ten finalists and the distribution of additional cash scholarships, including $50,000 to be awarded to the participant selected as the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2014.

To view the live webcast of the Distinguished Young Women National Finals, visit <>  on Saturday, June 28 at 7 p.m. CST. To see photos of the participants’ time in Mobile, visit <> .