Participants

Distinguished Young Women participants come from all walks of life, but they have one common characteristic: the desire to succeed. Each young woman receives valuable life experience through participation in the program including relationship skills, self-confidence, and a sense of achievement. The goal of Distinguished Young Women is to ensure that everyone who participates in the program at any level has an enjoyable and memorable experience.

While we await the first of the participants, below is a list of last year's participants for Distinguished Young Women of Georgia. Want to participate? Apply now!



Ononakachi Mbagwu

Distinguished Young Woman of Austell

Parents: Emmanuel & Angela Mbagwu
College Preference: Emory University, Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State
Career Goals: Dentist
Talent: Vocal Presentation (Rhythm& Blues, Swing) (There are Worse Things I Could Do, by Jacobs Jim &Casey Warren.)


Jolena Yao

Distinguished Young Woman of Baldwin County

Parents: J.F. & Tsu-Ming Yao
College Preference: Georgia Institute of Technology
Career Goals: Computer Animator
Talent: Piano Solo (Fantaisie Impromptu, Op. 66, by Frédéric Chopin)


Kirsten "Abbie" Maynard

Distinguished Young Woman of Catoosa County

Parents: Keith & April Maynard
College Preference: College of Coastal Georgia
Career Goals: Executive Pastry Chef and Bakery Owner
Talent: Cheer Dance ( Be a Super Girl Cheer MIx, by Cheercd.com)


Cassidy Starling

Distinguished Young Woman of Cherokee County

Parents: Neal & Julie Starling
College Preference: Auburn University
Career Goals: Equine Veterinarian
Talent: Piano Performance ("Rhapsodie", by Maxwell Eckstein)


Christina Onuoha

Distinguished Young Woman of Clayton County

Parents: Joe Emeka & Florence Onuoha-Emeka
College Preference: University of Georgia; Emory University
Career Goals: Surgeon
Talent: Vocal Presentation (classical) (Dona Nobis Pacem, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)


Samantha Blake

Distinguished Young Woman of Cobb County

Parents: Thomas Blake, IV & Jennifer Blake
College Preference: Achieve a BFA in Musical Theatre & Interior Design
Career Goals: I would like to perform on Broadway
Talent: Vocal Presentation (show tune) (On My Own, from Broadway's Les Miserables, by Composer Claude-Michel Schonberg)


Savannah A Emerich

Distinguished Young Woman of Coweta County

Parents: Amy A Emerich
College Preference: University of North Georgia
Career Goals: Make a positive Christian difference in the world
Talent: Clogging ("Living in America" Sung by James Brown, by Written by Charles Kaufman and Dan Hartman)


Garner Gay

Distinguished Young Woman of Dublin

Parents: William & Melissa Gay
College Preference: Auburn University
Career Goals: Pharmacy
Talent: Vocal Presentation (show tune) (Defying Gravity, by Stephen Schwartz)


Vanessa Boone

Distinguished Young Woman of Fayette County

Parents: Victor & Valerie Boone
College Preference: Biology major
Career Goals: Marine Biologist
Talent: Piano Solo (For River, by Kan R. Gao)


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)


Marianna Gibson

Distinguished Young Woman of Gordon County

Parents: Randy Gibson & Judy Reece
College Preference: University Of Georgia
Career Goals: Pharmaceutical Sales Marketing
Talent: Piano Solo (Great Balls of Fire, by Jerry Lee Lewis)


Katherine Johnson

Distinguished Young Woman of Gwinnett County

Parents: James & Susan Johnson
College Preference: Auburn, UCF, FSU, USC
Career Goals: Dancer, Engineer, Computer Scientist
Talent: Contemporary (Wonder, by Emeli Sandé)


Eleanor Queen

Distinguished Young Woman of Hancock County

College Preference: College of Coastal Georgia, & West Georgia.
Career Goals: I want to be an Ultrasound Tech.
Talent: Vocal Presentation (Gia il sole dal Gange, by Dr. Theodore Baker)


Elizabeth Bourque

Distinguished Young Woman of Houston County

Parents: Brod & Bonny Bourque
College Preference: Vanderbilt University
Career Goals: Liberal Arts & Design
Talent: Classical Ballet (Pas de Trois from Swan Lake, by (M. Petipa) Georne Aucoin)


Emma Hawthorne

Distinguished Young Woman of Jones County

Parents: Michael & Kimberley Hawthorne
College Preference: University of Georgia
Career Goals: Nursing
Talent: Classical Ballet (Spanish Dance from Swan Lake, Act III, by Tchaikovsky)


Logan Gibbs

Distinguished Young Woman of Laurens County

Parents: Elizabeth Gibbs
College Preference: Toccoa Falls College
Career Goals: Library Sciences/ Missionary
Talent: vocal presentation (soundtrack) ("May It Be, from The Lord of the Rings", by Enya and Howard Shore)


Madison Antinazi

Distinguished Young Woman of Lawrenceville

Parents: Anthony (Tony) & Yvonne Antinazi
College Preference: Ball State University
Career Goals: Dance/Music Theater
Talent: Musical Theater Dance ("My New Philosophy (Composer Andrew Lippa)", by Choreographed by Yvonne Antinazi)


Nicolette Mantica

Distinguished Young Woman of Lee County

Parents: Alejandro & Julie Mantica
College Preference: Undecided
Career Goals: Undecided
Talent: Vocal Presentation (show tune) ("A Letter from Camp", by Written and Performed by Allan Sherman)


Alexandria Anthony

Distinguished Young Woman of Leesburg

Parents: Christopher & Mary Anthony
College Preference: University of Georgia
Career Goals: Become a successful orthodontist
Talent: Vocal Presentation (Show Tune) (I Could Have Danced All Night , by Alan Jay Lerner)


Brontë Joseph

Distinguished Young Woman of Milledgeville

Parents: James Joseph & Rosalie Richards
College Preference: University of California - Los Angeles
Career Goals: Marine Conservation Biologist
Talent: Tap Dance (Parade of the Wooden Soldiers, by The Glenn Miller Orchestra)


Lauren Horvat

Distinguished Young Woman of Newnan

Parents: Tom & Johnna Horvat
College Preference: University of GA, Univ of AL, Auburn,
Career Goals: Nutrition, Psychology, Dermatology
Talent: Jazz dance (The Pink Panther, by Tara Shepard Myers)


Megan Beckett

Distinguished Young Woman of Oconee County

Parents: Troy & Diana Beckett
College Preference: University of Georgia
Career Goals: Special Education Teacher
Talent: Lyrical Dance (Explosions, by Ellie Golding)


Christine Kennedy

Distinguished Young Woman of Thomaston

Parents: William & Rhonda Kennedy
College Preference: Undecided
Career Goals: General Practicioner
Talent: Glass Harp Solo (Eine Kleine Nachtmusik: Allegro, by Mozart)


Christina Wolverton

Distinguished Young Woman of Upson County

Parents: Andrew & Andrea Wolverton
College Preference: Vanderbilt University, UGA, or Mercer
Career Goals: Medical School, become a neurologist
Talent: Piano and Vocal Presentation (Arms of Love, by Amy Grant)