Junior Miss contestants come from all walks of life, but they have one common characteristic: the desire to succeed. Each young woman receives valuable life experience through our program - relationship skills, self-confidence, and a sense of achievement. It is our goal to ensure that everyone who participates in our program has an enjoyable and memorable experience.

Below is a list of contestants for our forthcoming 2016 Distinguished Young Women. Want to participate? Apply now!

Ally Bryant

Distinguished Young Woman of California

Parents: Craig & Sandra Bryant
College Preference: Chapman Univ. Univ. of Michigan, NYU, USC, UCLA,
Career Goals: Musical Theatre / Lawyer
Talent: Vocal Presentation ("The Girl In 14G", by Composer: Jeanine Tessori Lyrics: Dick Scanlan)

Mallory Nielsen

Distinguished Young Woman of Delaware

Parents: Ralph & Linda Nielsen
College Preference: University of Pennsylvania
Career Goals: Psychopharmacology or Bioethics
Talent: Vocal Presentation with Ukulele (American, by Lana Del Rey)

Anna Romanov

Distinguished Young Woman of Georgia

Parents: Roman & Lucy Naumov
College Preference: Duke University, Emory, Georgia Tech
Career Goals: biomedical engineering; medicine
Talent: Contemporary Ballet (and Violin) (Storm (Music: Vanessa Mae), by Original Composer: Antonio Vivaldi )

Valerie Sveden

Distinguished Young Woman of Illinois

Parents: Dave & Sandy Sveden
College Preference: Taylor University
Career Goals: Social Work
Talent: Vocal presentation (show tune) (“Shy” from Once Upon A Mattress , by (Mary Rodgers and Marshall Barer))

Cori Lewis

Distinguished Young Woman of Louisiana

Parents: Carlton & Charmaine Lewis
College Preference: Dominican University, SMU, SUNYPurchase, or Howard
Career Goals: professional dancer, dietitian
Talent: Contemporary Ballet (music by India Arie, "I Am Light", by choreography - Dana Genshaft, San Francisco Ballet)

Noelle Li

Distinguished Young Woman of Maryland

Parents: Xibing Li & Meiji Zhang
College Preference: Harvard, Columbia University
Career Goals: Business, Medicine
Talent: Dance - Contemporary ("Together We Will Be Together" , by Clint Mansell)

Tiffany Lu

Distinguished Young Woman of Massachusetts

Parents: Zhaosong Lu & Yuanping Chen
College Preference: Harvard, Brown, Johns Hopkins
Career Goals: Certified Neurosurgeon
Talent: Classical Piano (Ballade No. 1 Op. 23, by Frederic Chopin)

Anna Daniels

Distinguished Young Woman of Mississippi

Parents: Douglas Daniels, Jr. & Dana Daniels
College Preference: University of Mississippi
Career Goals: Attorney
Talent: Vocal Presentation ("They Just Keep Moving the Line", by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman)

Savannah Smith

Distinguished Young Woman of Montana

Parents: Troy Smith & Theresa Vedovatti
College Preference: A conservatory college for musical theatre
Career Goals: I would like to be on Broadway someday!
Talent: Violin Solo (Allegro, by J.-H. Fiocco)

Morgan Holen

Distinguished Young Woman of Nebraska

Parents: Brad & Jodi Holen
College Preference: Oklahoma City University, University of Nebraska
Career Goals: Dance, Communications
Talent: Lyrical Dance ("You Raise Me Up", by Josh Groban artist, Morgan Holen choreographer)

Haley Wolfe

Distinguished Young Woman of North Dakota

Parents: David & Angie Wolfe
College Preference: University of Mary or University of North Dakota
Career Goals: Law Degree to become Civil Rights Attorney
Talent: Humourous Monologue (a scene from the play "Tomorrow's Wish", by Wade Bradford)

Adrienne Blakey

Distinguished Young Woman of Oklahoma

Parents: Bo & Holly Blakey
College Preference: Oklahoma State University
Career Goals: Work on food insecurity around the world
Talent: Speed painting ("So God Made a Farmer", by Paul Harvey)

Kennedy Ho

Distinguished Young Woman of Oregon

Parents: Han & Tina Ho
Career Goals: MD or NP - pediatrics or O.B.
Talent: Tap dance (Let's get Loud, by Written: Gloria Estefan Performed: Jennifer Lopez)

Rose Arbittier

Distinguished Young Woman of Pennsylvania

Parents: Douglas & Elizabeth Arbittier
College Preference: Princeton University
Career Goals: Special Needs Nonprofit Executive
Talent: Vocal Presentation (classical) (When I Have Sung My Songs, by Composer Ernest Charles)

Tara Moore

Distinguished Young Woman of South Carolina

Parents: Robert & Patricia Moore
College Preference: Clemson University
Career Goals: Pediatrician
Talent: Jazz Dance (Get On Your Feet, by Gloria Estefan)

Katie Breland

Distinguished Young Woman of Tennessee

Parents: Jeremy & Jennifer Breland
College Preference: Oklahoma City University
Career Goals: Dance Teacher; Elementary Education; Missionary
Talent: Contemporary Ballet Dance ("Sun" , by Jonsi)

Taylor Yamane

Distinguished Young Woman of Washington

Parents: Marvin & Cheryl Yamane
College Preference: Stanford University
Career Goals: Mathmatics Professor and Musical Recording Artists
Talent: Vocal Presentation ("I Got Rhythm", by George Gershwin)

Caryn Mueller

Distinguished Young Woman of Wisconsin

Parents: Steven Mueller & Amy Wederath
College Preference: Pace University-NY, UW-Madison, Chapman University
Career Goals: Prof. Dancer, Marine Biologist or School Psych.
Talent: Lyrical Dance (Ghost by Ella Henderson, by Choreography by Sarah Zeisser)