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 U, USC, UNC Chapel Hill, and UGA
Career Goals: Broadcast Journalism
Talent: Vocal Presentation (Jazz) (Feeling Good, by Nina Simone)

Joanna Gurr

Distinguished Young Woman of Arizona

Parents: Kevan & Sherri Gurr
College Preference: BYU Provo
Career Goals: Music, Exercise and Wellness, International Busin
Talent: Violin Solo (Csardas, by V. Monti)

Kelly Welsh

Distinguished Young Woman of Arkansas

College Preference: Bucknell University
Career Goals: Applied Mathematics
Talent: Piano (Learning to Fly, by Michelle McLaughlin)

Marisa Gomez

Distinguished Young Woman of California

Parents: Manuel & Maria Gomez
College Preference: Princeton, Yale, Fordham U
Career Goals: Lawyer
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: The University of Notre Dame
Career Goals: Pediatrician in Global Healthcare
Talent: Tap Dance

Arlene Maheu

Distinguished Young Woman of Delaware

Parents: John & Rosemarie Maheu
College Preference: East Carolina Univ, Col of Charleston, UNC Chap
Career Goals: Physical Therapist or Occupational Therapist
Talent: Ballet en pointe (Cupid Variation from Don Quixote)

Shannon Wade

Distinguished Young Woman of Florida

Parents: Daniel & Jeniel Wade
College Preference: Princeton University
Career Goals: Strategic Intelligence, Computer Science
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: Stanford University, UCLA
Career Goals: Neurologist, music therapist
Talent: Flute Beatbox (First Mvt from "Three Beats for Beatbox Flute", by Greg Patillo)

Tianzhen Nie

Distinguished Young Woman of Hawaii

Parents: Sixiang & Yazhi Nie
College Preference: Duke University
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-Provo
Career Goals: Business Management
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 Southern California, Vanderbilt
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: New York University, Indiana U, Ball State U
Career Goals: Undecided (forensic psychology, dance, business)
Talent: Tap Dance ( "New York, New York", by Michelle Jones-Haskell)

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 (Counting Stars - One Republic, by Modified by Miranda Mansfield)

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: Boston University, Boston, Massachussetts
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 (Solfeggietto in C Minor, by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach )

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: Obtain a medical degree and become a pediatrician
Talent: Classical Piano Solo (Solfegietto, by C.P.E. Bach)

Tanner Fant

Distinguished Young Woman of Mississippi

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

Shelbi Fitzpatrick

Distinguished Young Woman of Montana

Parents: Dennis & Rachelle Fitzpatrick
College Preference: Dartmouth
Career Goals: Chemical Engineering
Talent: Piano Solo (Whitewater Chopped Sticks , by Calvin Jones)

Rachel Lee

Distinguished Young Woman of Nebraska

Parents: Eric Lee (deceased) & Amy Lee
College Preference: Undecided
Career Goals: Education
Talent: Jazz dance (Piano, by Ariana Grande )

Katherine Smith

Distinguished Young Woman of New Hampshire

Parents: Richard Rowe
Career Goals: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Talent: Lyrical Dance (A Sky Full of Stars, by Coldplay)

Heather Dorler

Distinguished Young Woman of New York

Parents: Wayne & Amy Jo Dorler
College Preference: SRU, UB, Cortland, D'Youville
Career Goals: Physical Therapy/Exercise Training
Talent: Lyrical/Contemporary Dance ("Explosions", by Ellie Goulding)

Kadee Beasley

Distinguished Young Woman of North Carolina

Parents: Keith & Kelly Beasley
College Preference: Vanderbilt University School of Engineering
Career Goals: Work with alternative energy or natural resources
Talent: Lyrical Dance ("If I Had My Way", by Linda Eder)

Natalie Shea

Distinguished Young Woman of North Dakota

Parents: Michael & Stephanie Shea
College Preference: My goal is to recieve a BFA in Musical Theatre
Career Goals: My goal is to pursue Musical Theatre
Talent: Vocal Presentation (Musical Theatre) (Murder, He Says, by Lyrics- Frank Loesser, Music- Jimmy McHugh)

Claire Coder

Distinguished Young Woman of Ohio

Parents: Steven & Carol Coder
College Preference: Ohio State University
Career Goals: Entrepreneurship, Theology, Philosophy, Spanish
Talent: Original Spoken Word Poetry (Our Voices, by Claire Coder)

Madison Weiser

Distinguished Young Woman of Oklahoma

Parents: Mark & Angela Weiser
College Preference: Carnegie Mellon
Career Goals: Developmental psychologist to work with children
Talent: Vocal Presentation (show tune) (Spark of Creation, by Steven Schwartz from "Children of Eden")

Melory Mirashrafi

Distinguished Young Woman of Oregon

Parents: Mori & Behnaz Mirashrafi
College Preference: University of Southern California
Career Goals: Surgeon
Talent: Vocal Presentation (show tune) ("Poor Unfortunate Souls" from The Little Mermaid , by Disney Theatrical)

Catherine Zhang

Distinguished Young Woman of Pennsylvania

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

Caitlyn Penter

Distinguished Young Woman of South Carolina

Parents: Michael & Laura Penter
College Preference: Belmont Univeristy, Manhattan School of Music
Career Goals: Commercial Music Degree to work in Music Industry
Talent: Vocal Presentation (Jazz) (I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me , by Billie Holiday )

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: Washington and Lee University
Career Goals: Broadway Performer and Writer
Talent: Vocal Presentation ("Let It Go" from Disney's Frozen, by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez)

Whitney Eversole

Distinguished Young Woman of Utah

Parents: Andrew & Alyson Eversole
College Preference: BYU, George Washington University
Career Goals: Music, Physics
Talent: Piano Solo (Prelude in G Minor, by Sergei Rachmaninoff)

Rose Jao

Distinguished Young Woman of Washington

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

JamieNicole Morelan

Distinguished Young Woman of Wisconsin

Parents: Robert & Helen Morelan
College Preference: Texas Christian University
Career Goals: Newsbroacaster
Talent: Vocal (Orange Colored Sky, by Milton DeLugg and Willie Stein)

Jordan Snyder

Distinguished Young Woman of Wyoming

Parents: John & Julie Snyder
College Preference: Gonzaga University
Career Goals: Physical Therapy or specialized nursing
Talent: Piano Solo (Waterfall, by Jon Schmidt)