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!



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)


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)


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)


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)


Chase Dorn

Distinguished Young Woman of Illinois

Parents: Karl & Cheryl Dorn
College Preference: University of Texas
Career Goals: Japanese law firm or corporate attorney
Talent: Dance Twirl Routine ("Summertime" performed by Renee Olstead, by George Gershwin)


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)


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 )


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 )


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 )


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)


Rose Jao

Distinguished Young Woman of Washington

Parents: Wei-Chi & Jun Jao
College Preference: Harvard, University of Washington, Brown
Career Goals: International Business or Business Management
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)