Colbeck awards Canton student with honorary tribute

Sen. Patrick Colbeck awarded a special Senate Tribute during session Tuesday to a Canton woman who received the Distinguished Young Woman of Michigan award.

Anna Dai was awarded $3,550 in cash scholarships during the statewide scholarship program for high school girls held at Saline High School in January.

“It was a pleasure to welcome Ms. Dai to the Michigan Senate and see her recognized by the chamber for all of her hard work and accomplishments,” said Colbeck, R-Canton. “She will be a wonderful role model for other young people as she continues her outreach efforts in support of encouraging self-esteem and excellence.”

Dai was one of 11 high school senior girls from Michigan who competed to represent the state as the Distinguished Young Woman of Michigan for 2013. Participants were evaluated in the categories of Scholastics (20 percent), Interview (25 percent), Fitness (15 percent), Self-Expression (15 percent) and Talent (25 percent).

Throughout the next year, Dai 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.” The outreach program is designed to encourage self-esteem and excellence in all young people through its five principles: Be Healthy, Be Involved, Be Studious, Be Ambitious, and Be Responsible.

Dai is the daughter of Zao Chen and Yang Dai and is a senior at Plymouth High School.