Fuller
Fuller

Sarah Fuller is a top competitor.

Fuller, 18, has won both the York County and Pennsylvania Distinguished Young Woman contests.

The Hopewell Township resident will compete for the national title from June 27 to June 29 at the Mobile Civic Center Theater in Mobile, Ala.

She will be among 50 young women vying for more than $100,000 in cash scholarships and the title of Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2013.

"I'm so honored to have the opportunity to represent my state and local communities at the national program," Fuller said. "It's an amazing experience. I'm looking forward to the opportunity to compete in Mobile."

She will compete in the program's five categories: scholastics, interview, fitness, talent and self-expression.

Fuller, a dancer since age 3, said that for her talent, she will tap dance to the song "Big Bad Voodoo Daddy."

Fuller, valedictorian for her York Catholic High School Class of 2013, received several scholarships, including a full-tuition scholarship

from the Atlanta-based Stamps Family Charitable Foundation.

Fuller will use her scholarships to attend Elizabethtown College in Lancaster County, where she plans to major in special education and early childhood education. Fuller said she plans to be a special-education teacher.

The young woman also is founder of Letters of Hope, which sends letters and cards to encourage children receiving treatment at St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, based in Memphis, Tenn.

Fuller will be the seventh York County Distinguished Young Woman winner to compete at the national level within the last 12 years, said Lyn Bergdoll, local program coordinator.

Bergdoll said Fuller is a tremendous representative of the Distinguished Young Women programs.

"She's a national merit scholar, a brilliant public speaker," Bergdoll said. "Sarah is a fabulous role model for all students, and especially young girls."

--Reach Eyana Adah McMillan at emcmillan@yorkdispatch.com.