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Nicolas Schrager
Hannah Edelen hugs last year’s winner, Erika Weir, after she is named 2016’s Distinguished Young Woman.
Edelen is Distinguished Young Woman

It ended with cheers and tears of joy as a crowd came to the front of the stage to catch a closer look of 2016’s Distinguished Young Woman, Hannah Edelen.

“I’m very blessed,” she said after the competition. “I’m very blessed to be here. I didn’t do it by myself. Without the 12 other girls, I definitely wouldn’t have been near as confident and I wouldn’t have gotten through it.”

Hannah, 17, the daughter of Kevin and Jennifer Edelen, was seen with her eyes pooled up with tears when her name was announced.

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