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 2015 Distinguished Young Women. Want to participate? Apply now!



Bria Kalpen

Distinguished Young Woman of Alabama

Parents: Konrad Kalpen & Paula Reed
College Preference: Northwestern University
Career Goals: Broadcast Journalism
Talent: Vocal Presentation (Jazz) (Feeling Good, by Nina Simone)


Maire Nakada

Distinguished Young Woman of Alaska

Parents: Tokuichi & Susan Nakada
College Preference: Auburn and South Alabama
Career Goals: Pediatric Optometry
Talent: Irish Dancing (Trolleyed by Beoga, by Maire Nakada)


Joanna Gurr

Distinguished Young Woman of Arizona

Parents: Kevan & Sherri Gurr
College Preference: BYU Provo
Career Goals: Communications
Talent: Violin Solo (Csardas, by V. Monti)


Kelly Welsh

Distinguished Young Woman of Arkansas

Parents: Josie Welsh
College Preference: Bucknell University
Career Goals: Applied Mathematics
Talent: Instrument / Piano (Patriotic Medley, by Arranged by Ken Wadley)


Marisa Gomez

Distinguished Young Woman of California

Parents: Manuel & Maria Gomez
College Preference: Fordham University
Career Goals: Politician
Talent: Vocal Presentation (show Tune) (Sound of Music Medley, by Rodgers and Hammerstein)


Isabel Brown

Distinguished Young Woman of Colorado

Parents: Robert & Kelli Brown
College Preference: Santa Clara University
Career Goals: Pediatrician in Global Healthcare
Talent: Tap Dance ("Greased Lightning", by Jim Jacobs, Warren Casey)


Emily Everlith

Distinguished Young Woman of Connecticut

Parents: Edward & Karie-anne Everlith
College Preference: Yale University
Career Goals: Maxillo-facial surgeon.
Talent: Vocal Presentation (excerpt from aria) (Sebben Crudele, by Antonio Caldara)


Arlene Maheu

Distinguished Young Woman of Delaware

Parents: John & Rosemarie Maheu
College Preference: Auburn University
Career Goals: Physical Therapist or Occupational Therapist
Talent: Ballet en pointe (Odalisque Variation from Le Corsaire)


Shannon Wade

Distinguished Young Woman of Florida

Parents: Daniel & Jeniel Wade
College Preference: Liberty University
Career Goals: Strategic Intelligence; Business Management
Talent: Piano Solo (Sonata in F Major, 3rd Movement (K. 332), by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)


Sophia Inaba

Distinguished Young Woman of Georgia

Parents: Mike & Fujiko Inaba
College Preference: UCLA
Career Goals: Neuroscience
Talent: Flute Beatbox (Excerpts from "Three Beats for Beatbox Flute", by Greg Patillo)


Tianzhen Nie

Distinguished Young Woman of Hawaii

Parents: Sixiang & Yazhi Nie
College Preference: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Career Goals: International Environmental Lawyer
Talent: Spoken Word with Zither accompaniment (Made in China, by Tianzhen Nie)


Catherine Hinck

Distinguished Young Woman of Idaho

Parents: David & Julie Hinck
College Preference: Brigham Young University-Idaho
Career Goals: Elementary Education
Talent: Classical Ballet En Pointe ("Kitri's Variation" from the ballet "Don Quixote", by Minkus/Petipa)


Chase Dorn

Distinguished Young Woman of Illinois

Parents: Karl & Cheryl Dorn
College Preference: University of Illinois
Career Goals: Japanese law firm or corporate attorney
Talent: Dance Twirl Routine ("Sing Sing Sing", by Benny Goodman )


Hannah Fluhler

Distinguished Young Woman of Indiana

Parents: Stephan & Dawn Fluhler
College Preference: Ball State University Honors College
Career Goals: Undecided (forensic psychology, dance, business)
Talent: Tap Dance ("Happy Feet", by Michelle Jones-Haskell)


Autumn Askew

Distinguished Young Woman of Iowa

Parents: Kenneth Askew & Karla Vander Kolk
College Preference: University of Minnesota- Twin Cities
Career Goals: Psychiatrist
Talent: Vocal Presentation (Se Tu M'ami Se Sospiri, by G.B. Pergolesi)


Miranda Mansfield

Distinguished Young Woman of Kansas

Parents: Curtis & Tammy Mansfield
College Preference: Cloud County Community College & Kansas State .
Career Goals: Doctorate of Psychology
Talent: Jazz Dance (Mama Knows Best - Jessie J, by Kendra Short)


Kassie Miller

Distinguished Young Woman of Kentucky

Parents: John & Shelly Miller
College Preference: University of Kentucky
Career Goals: Law
Talent: Piano Solo (Scherzo in D Minor, by Cornelius Gurlitt)


Amelia DeWitt

Distinguished Young Woman of Louisiana

Parents: Chance & Lori DeWitt
College Preference: University of Mississippi
Career Goals: Nursing
Talent: Vocal Presentation (opera) (Non Posso Disperar, by S. de Luca)


Antonella Oms

Distinguished Young Woman of Maine

Parents: Juan Oms & Alexa Natali
College Preference: Thomas College
Career Goals: Doctorate in Psychology
Talent: Hip Hop Dance (Turn Up the Music, by Chris Brown)


Nicole Lusk

Distinguished Young Woman of Maryland

Parents: Joseph & Collette Lusk
College Preference: University of South Alabama
Career Goals: Nurse Anesthetist
Talent: Piano Solo (Tarantella, by Albert Pieczonka)


Kelly Reading

Distinguished Young Woman of Massachusetts

Parents: Michael & Robin Brown
College Preference: Cedar Crest College, Dickinson College
Career Goals: Forensic Science or Biochemistry/ Medical Research
Talent: Vocal Presentation (I Wonder, by Kellie Pickler)


Vivian Zhong

Distinguished Young Woman of Michigan

Parents: Peter Gibson & Jing Liu
College Preference: University of Michigan
Career Goals: Become a pediatrician
Talent: Classical Piano Solo (Waltz No. 14 in E Minor, by Frédéric Chopin)


Emily Clarke

Distinguished Young Woman of Minnesota

Parents: Christopher & Amy Clarke
College Preference: University of Minnesota -Twin Cities
Career Goals: Doing research in the field of Physical Therapy
Talent: Vocal Solo, Original Piece (This Far, by Emily Clarke )


Tanner Fant

Distinguished Young Woman of Mississippi

Parents: Robin Fant & Dana Fant
College Preference: University of Alabama
Career Goals: Professional Dancer and Choreographer
Talent: Lyrical Dance ("Titanium", by Madilyn Bailey )


Hannah Bogue

Distinguished Young Woman of Missouri

Parents: Thomas Bogue & Lynne Bagchi
College Preference: University of Missouri (Columbia)
Career Goals: Marketing Coordinator/director
Talent: Lyrical Dance (n/a, by Hannah Bogue)


Shelbi Fitzpatrick

Distinguished Young Woman of Montana

Parents: Dennis & Rachelle Fitzpatrick
College Preference: Accepted early decision to Dartmouth College
Career Goals: Pre-medicine
Talent: Piano Solo (Whitewater Chopped Sticks , by Calvin Jones)


Rachel Lee

Distinguished Young Woman of Nebraska

Parents: Eric Lee (deceased) & Amy Lee
College Preference: University of Nebraska at Omaha
Career Goals: Early Childhood Education
Talent: Jazz Dance (Piano, by Ariana Grande )


Kaylyn Taylor

Distinguished Young Woman of Nevada

Parents: Scott & Terilyn Taylor
College Preference: Utah State University
Career Goals: Vocal Instruction and Music Composition
Talent: Vocal Presentation (Classical Theatre) (Glitter and be Gay from Candide (Voltaire), by Leonard Bernstein )


Katherine Smith

Distinguished Young Woman of New Hampshire

Parents: Richard Rowe
College Preference: Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Career Goals: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Talent: Contemporary Ballet en Pointe (A Sky Full of Stars, by Coldplay)


Madison Beumee

Distinguished Young Woman of New Jersey

Parents: Gary & Lisa Beumee
College Preference: Syracuse University
Career Goals: Musical Theater Performance
Talent: Musical Theater Presentation (I Wanna Be a Rockette, by Kicks: The Showgirl Musical (Alan Menken/Tom Eyen))


Natalie Benson

Distinguished Young Woman of New Mexico

Parents: Roy & Lynnae Benson
College Preference: Chapman University
Career Goals: CEO: The Walt Disney Company
Talent: Piano Solo (Rhapsody in Blue, by George Gershwin)


Heather Dorler

Distinguished Young Woman of New York

Parents: Wayne & Amy Jo Dorler
College Preference: University at Buffalo
Career Goals: Broadway Performer & Instructor of the Arts
Talent: Lyrical/Contemporary Dance ("Explosions", by Ellie Goulding)


Kadee Beasley

Distinguished Young Woman of North Carolina

Parents: Keith & Kelly Beasley
College Preference: North Carolina State University
Career Goals: Chemical Engineer Developing Alternative Energies
Talent: Lyrical Dance ("I Was Here", by Beyonce)


Katie Mastel

Distinguished Young Woman of North Dakota

Parents: Dean & Pam Mastel
College Preference: North Dakota State University (NDSU)
Career Goals: Business Manager/ Lawyer
Talent: Interpretive/ Contemporary Dance (I lived, by One Republic)


Claire Coder

Distinguished Young Woman of Ohio

Parents: Steven & Carol Coder
College Preference: Ohio State University
Career Goals: Major: Communications Minor: Spanish, Business
Talent: Original Spoken Word Poetry (Diamond, by Claire Coder)


Madison Weiser

Distinguished Young Woman of Oklahoma

Parents: Mark & Angela Weiser
College Preference: Penn State University
Career Goals: Business component in organization for children
Talent: Vocal Presentation (show tune) (Someone Like You, by From "Jekyll and Hyde" Composed by Frank Wildhorn)


Melory Mirashrafi

Distinguished Young Woman of Oregon

Parents: Mori & Behnaz Mirashrafi
College Preference: Chapman University
Career Goals: Surgeon
Talent: Vocal Presentation (show tune) ("Blow, Gabriel Blow" from Anything Goes, by Cole Porter)


Catherine Zhang

Distinguished Young Woman of Pennsylvania

Parents: Li-Ming & Hong Zhang
College Preference: Harvard University
Career Goals: Public Service
Talent: Piano Solo (Prelude No. 24, by Chopin)


Tara Principe

Distinguished Young Woman of Rhode Island

Parents: David & Denise Principe
College Preference: University of South Alabama
Career Goals: Psychoanalysis
Talent: Cheerleading routine (dance, jumps, tumbling)


Caitlyn Penter

Distinguished Young Woman of South Carolina

Parents: Michael & Laura Penter
College Preference: University of South Carolina
Career Goals: TV anchor
Talent: Vocal Presentation (contemporary) (At Last , by Etta James)


Jessica Johnson

Distinguished Young Woman of South Dakota

Parents: Sheldon & Brandi Johnson
College Preference: Mitchell Technical Institute, Mount Marty College
Career Goals: Medical Laboratory Tech, Farm Power Technology
Talent: Vocal Presentation (show tune) (Alma Del Core, by Antonio Caldara)


Ashley Stevens

Distinguished Young Woman of Tennessee

Parents: Geoffrey & Rhonda Stevens
College Preference: The University of Montevallo
Career Goals: Game Design and Writing
Talent: Vocal Presentation (show tune) ("Everybody Says Don't" from Anyone Can Whistle, by Stephen Sondheim)


Madison Clark

Distinguished Young Woman of Texas

Parents: Timothy & Rebecca Clark
College Preference: Oklahoma City University
Career Goals: Dance Performance and Management of dance
Talent: Ballet (Swan Lake Suite, by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky)


Whitney Eversole

Distinguished Young Woman of Utah

Parents: Andrew & Alyson Eversole
College Preference: Utah State University
Career Goals: Radiologist
Talent: Piano Solo (Ballade No. 3 in A-flat major, by Frederic Chopin)


Neerja Patel

Distinguished Young Woman of Vermont

Parents: Nikhil & Nanda Patel
College Preference: George Washington University
Career Goals: Business/Finance or Medicine
Talent: Traditional and Modern Bollywood Mix (Dhoom Taana)


Claire Hungar

Distinguished Young Woman of Virginia

Parents: Thomas & Jaye Hungar
College Preference: University of Virginia
Career Goals: Lawyer
Talent: Vocal Presentation (Opera) (O Mio Babbino Caro, by Giacomo Puccini)


Rose Jao

Distinguished Young Woman of Washington

Parents: Wei-Chi & Jun Jao
College Preference: University of Washington
Career Goals: Business Administration
Talent: Piano Solo (Sonata No. 9 in D Major, K. 311, by Wolfgang Mozart)


Kristiana Sklioutovskaya-Lopez

Distinguished Young Woman of West Virginia

Parents: Manuel Lopez & Kristina Sklioutovskaya
College Preference: University of Charleston
Career Goals: Physical Therapist
Talent: Rhythmic Gymnastics ("Soda Pop", by Robbie Williams, featuring Michael Bublé)


JamieNicole Morelan

Distinguished Young Woman of Wisconsin

Parents: Robert & Helen Morelan
College Preference: University of South Alabama
Career Goals: Newsbroadcaster
Talent: Vocal (Don't Rain on My Parade, by Glee/Jule Styne)


Jordan Snyder

Distinguished Young Woman of Wyoming

Parents: John & Julie Snyder
College Preference: Gonzaga University
Career Goals: I plan to obtain a doctorate degree in nursing.
Talent: Piano Solo (Waterfall, by Jon Schmidt)