Check out the amazing semifinalists in our Run with Running Start contest! Last November, Running Start launched a worldwide video contest, Run with Running Start, to highlight our amazing alumnae. We chose 10 semifinalists from a competitive pool of submissions, and they are now competing for your vote. The top 3 young women will be our finalists and will be featured at our campaign-rally-style 9th Annual Young Women to Watch Awards this April.

There, the finalists will pass out campaign materials (buttons, flags, flyers), network with the DC elite, give a rousing political speech, and try to convince the 375 members of the audience to vote for them, live, to win Running Start’s Political Rising Star Award, which comes with $5,000 for a nonpartisan cause of their choice. The other two finalists will each win the Alumna in Action Award and $500 for a nonpartisan cause of their choice.

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Antonia Okafor

Age: 25
Carrollton, TX
Star Fellowship 2014
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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nene.okafor.3 I Twitter: @antonia_okafor I LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/antonia-okafor/43/a47/896

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Amber Herrle

Age: 19
Tallahassee, FL
YWPL 2012
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Facebook: http://facebook.com/aammmber I Twitter: @amberherrle I Instagram: @amberherrle

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Brooke Lopez

Age: 18
Wylie, TX
YWPL 2014
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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/electBrookeLopez  I Twitter: @BrooklynElisa30 I Instagram: @BrooklynElisa30 I LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/electbrookelopez I Website: http://www.democracy.com/electBrookeLopez

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Camille Henderson

Age: 21
Newark, DE
YWPL 2008
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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/camille.henderson.169 I Twitter: @WorldChanger015 I Instagram: @WorldChanger015

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Danielle Liebl

Age: 23
Eden Prairie, MN
YWPL 2009
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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/danielle.liebl I Twitter: @DanielleLiebl I LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/danielle-liebl/3a/9a7/7a6

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Jessica Smith

Age: 24
Washington, DC
Summit 2013
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Twitter: @JessicaLSmith07 I LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jessicalaurasmith

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Julie Kim

Age: 24
Bayside, NY United States
Star Fellowship 2014
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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jakim I Twitter: @julieaekim I LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/julie-ae-kim/23/a19/8b1,

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Paola de la Cruz

Age: 19
Compton, CA
YWPL 2012
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Rana Abdelhamid

Age: 21
Flushing, NY
YWPL 2011
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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/rana.rizzle I LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/RanaAbdelhamid

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Waka Kobayashi

Age: 21
Plainview, NY
Star Fellowship 2013
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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/waka.kobayashi.16 I Twitter: @waka_kobayashi I LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/waka-kobayashi/46/9b2/9a4 I Instagram: @wakakobayashi

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