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!

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)

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)

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 )

Tanner Fant

Distinguished Young Woman of Mississippi

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

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 )

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 )

Ashley Stevens

Distinguished Young Woman of Tennessee

Parents: Geoffrey & Rhonda Stevens
College Preference: New York University
Career Goals: Broadway Performer and Writer
Talent: Vocal Presentation ("Let It Go" from Disney's Frozen, by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez)