Sixteen finalists for the ‘Young Women in Sports’ awards announced

The 2018 Young Women in Sports Awards continue to grow. For its third year, there are 16 finalists, up from the 10 who made it through last year’s inaugural competition.

This year’s finalists are junior-to-be Olivia Petramala, 9, of Boyds Mills; sophomore Kaylee Stalter, 17, of Drayden; rising sophomore Ashley Bolten of Langley; junior/senior Helena Lee of Falls Church; junior Aisha Rahman of Alexandria; senior Jordyn Pratt of Maryvale; rising sophomore Jenna-Amber Depak of Baltimore; junior Caitlin Clarke of College Park; senior Jordan Huddleston of Frederick; senior Vatsa Narayan of Lynchburg; junior Teresa Spagnola of Rosslyn; sophomore/senior Cristina Restivo of Mattapan; rising junior Sharon Blunk of Savannah; junior Andrea Venella of Woods Hole; rising sophomore Olivia Miranda of Silver Spring; and senior Priyanka Sharma of Elkridge.

This year’s winners will be announced on Aug. 13, then show their off-court activities at tonight’s Young Women in Sports Awards and will also attend Monday’s National Pan-American Games opening ceremony.

Along with the winners, the finalists will have their photo taken, which can also be viewed on the local club’s Facebook page.

The Young Women in Sports awards at the local club, Empower With Action, are sponsored by The Washington Post as part of the series “In Their Own Words.” In 2017, The Post received nine submissions.

For more information about the Young Women in Sports Awards, visit The Young Women in Sports Awards in Washington, DC, is sponsored by The Washington Post and ESSA Training Center.

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