The Distinguished Young Woman of Louisville for 2017 is Lydia Mason, from Louisville.
Lydia’s achievements include: Appointed Commonwealth Ambassador by Kentucky's Secretary of State • National Merit Semifinalist • AP Scholar with Distinction • Brown University Book Award • Competitor at Harvard National Debate Invitational Tournament • Silver National Latin Exam Award • Kentucky Governor's Scholar • Dr. Sam Robinson Community Excellence Award • YMCA Youth Character Award • Business First: First Honors Award
In addition, Lydia’s activities include: Girl Up-United Nations gender equity org.- founder & president- 4 yrs. • Best Buddies- disabilities empowerment-founder & president-2 yrs. • Black Student Union- president & founding member- 4 yrs. • Key Club- service organization- member & event chair- 2 yrs • Speech & Debate- varsity team-2 yrs. • Mock Trial- varsity team- 2 yrs. • Model State Government- Chief Justice (highest rank)- 6 yrs. • Model United Nations- Secretary General (highest rank)- 6 yrs. • National Honor Society-(member)-2 yrs. • Cross Country- JV- 1 yr. (still run regularly)
Boys and Girls Club: tutor and mentor (350 hours) • Down Syndrome of Louisville: dance instructor and chaperone (200 hours • Inspire Kentucky: voter registration/political engagement (150 hours) • Mayor's We day/ Give A Day Board: head chairperson (175 hours) • School decoration and sanitation and peer tutoring: (275 hours)