Former 2016 Conway High School honor graduate Nicole Penn spoke to the 73rd Convention of International PEO Sisterhood during its annual meeting Sept. 28 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The International PEO Sisterhood is a philanthropic organization that distributes scholarships to young women.

Penn was one of 400 girls across the nation selected in 2016 to receive the PEO Star Scholarship and was chosen from that selection to address the thousands of guests present during the international convention.

The Conway local is currently a sophomore at Emory University where she is majoring in international studies.

A leader at the university, Penn has also been selected as a sophomore adviser with Emory Residential Life and a tour guide for the office of admissions.

The Conway PEO chapter organized a watch party with a live viewing feed for Nicole’s speech, which centered around her gratitude to the local chapter and their support.

"She encouraged other PEO chapters to consider the diversity of talented young women when selecting future scholarship nominees," a release stated.

In the summer of 2017, Penn was selected to participate in a Emory-led study abroad trip with a focus on European politics which included a five-week intensive study of 20th century authoritarian regimes, democratic systems and political economies.

Penn is on track to graduate in 2020.

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