Sixth Former Kaitlyn Eddy, a day student from Simsbury, was named the 2019 Distinguished Young Woman of Connecticut on March 3, during a statewide scholarship program for high school girls held at Crosby Auditorium in Waterbury, Conn. She will be representing Connecticut in the national competition in June in Mobile, Ala.
Distinguished Young Women of Connecticut is part of a national scholarship program that promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership and talent in young women. The program combines the chance to win college scholarships with a program that offers life skills training to prepare young women for the world after high school. It takes place in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., with some states having local programs as well.
Kaitlyn, who earns high academic honors at Westminster, is an AP Scholar with Distinction, co-president of Dramat, co-president of the Dance Ensemble, a member of Black and Gold, and a Williams Hill Player. She has also served as co-leader of Westminster Belles, been a member of Chorale and participated in Cabaret. She has appeared in the Westminster Dramat productions of “Anything Goes,” “Urinetown: The Musical,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” “Servant of Two Masters,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Peter and the Starcatcher” and “Pippin.”
Off campus, Kaitlyn is an assistant coach and choreographer with Simsbury Spinners, receiving numerous awards in competitions. Her interests include guitar, piano, dancing and singing.
Kaitlyn was one of 10 high school senior girls from Connecticut who competed to represent the state. Participants were evaluated in the categories of scholastics, interview, talent, fitness and self-expression. Throughout the next year, she 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.” She 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.