The YWCA Darien/Norwalk has announced the six honorees for the 2018 Women of Distinction Awards and Luncheon on May 10 at Woodway Country Club in Darien. The honorees are Carrie Bernier, Tina Duryea, Scarlett Lewis, Allison Molkenthin and Wendy Ward. Emma Dahlquist will be honored as a Young Woman of Distinction, recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of a woman under 21 years of age. The Darien Times will be featuring these women beginning this week.

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Emma Dahlquist

Emma Dahlquist is the 2018 Young Woman of Distinction. Emma has been a member of the Community Fund’s Youth Asset Team for three years. In addition to her Darien High School YAT involvement, she helped lead bi-weekly YAT meetings for middle schoolers. Emma immediately connected with the students, and volunteered to increase her involvement when she saw the need for leaders.

Emma was an obvious choice when the Community Fund was asked to choose a youth representative to serve on Connecticut’s Youth Advisory Council on substance abuse at the state level. Her thoughtfulness, energy and creativity at council meetings was appreciated.

Emma was elected as one of four Youth Asset Team presidents for the 2017-18 school year. She is a constant contributor, helping to plan multiple events such as the Chris Herren speaking engagements at DHS, and the panel presentation of the film “Haze.”

Emma’s community service extends well beyond the YAT organization. She has taught religious education for four years at St. Thomas More Catholic Parish, and is an active member of the Youth Group. Emma participated in the “Midnight Run,” distributing clothing and food to the homeless of NYC. Emma is a Link Leader at DHS, and a member of two national honor societies, helping tutor at the high school level. She is a varsity athlete, and spent last summer rebuilding houses and public gardens in New Orleans.

Emma is most definitely a Young Woman of Distinction, and is off to study at Bucknell University in the fall.