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.

Below is a list of participants for the upcoming 2016 Distinguished Young Women of Georgia program. Want to participate? Apply now!



Sarah Willoughby

Distinguished Young Woman of Bartow County

Parents: Eric Willoughby & Rebecca Willougbhy
College Preference: The University of Georgia, Auburn University
Career Goals: Sign Language Interpreter, Music Educator
Talent: Sign Language ("Something in the Water", by Carrie Underwood)


Ann Meeker

Distinguished Young Woman of Coweta County

Parents: Theodore & Jill Meeker III
College Preference: Florida State University
Career Goals: Professional Actor
Talent: Dance (Mama Makes Three (Musical Theatre Solo), by Bethany Hayes Smith - Choreographer)


Georgia Bourassa

Distinguished Young Woman of Dublin

Parents: Scott & Jones Bourassa
College Preference: Belmont University
Career Goals: Audio Engineering
Talent: Piano Solo (Toccata, by Aram Khachaturian)


Hope Irmscher

Distinguished Young Woman of Gordon County

Parents: Scott & Sonya Irmscher
College Preference: Emory University
Career Goals: Major in Biochemistry
Talent: Playing Piano and Singing ("Shepherd", by Amanda Cook)


Jessica Perry

Distinguished Young Woman of Laurens County

Parents: Thomas & Shannon Perry
College Preference: Georgia Southern University
Career Goals: Medical field
Talent: Singing (Waiting on the World to Change, by John Mayer)


Haley Davidson

Distinguished Young Woman of Lee County

Parents: Kirk & Kimberly Davidson
College Preference: Berry College or Patrick Henry College
Career Goals: To open a private classical school in Albany
Talent: War fan demonstration (Distant Kingdom , by Breathtaking Beats)


Sojourner Cagle

Distinguished Young Woman of Leesburg

Parents: Martin & Marnie Cagle
College Preference: Florida State University; Emory University
Career Goals: Neurologist
Talent: Cheer Tumble Routine (Mix Track, by special mix)


Katherine Gravitt

Distinguished Young Woman of Newnan

Parents: Randy & Laura Gravitt
Career Goals: designer, party planner, photographer, writer
Talent: Original Monologue


Abigail Laughman

Distinguished Young Woman of Thomaston

Parents: Steven & Marni Laughman
College Preference: Shorter or Brewton-Parker
Career Goals: Occupational Therapy or Missionary
Talent: Dramatic Monologue/ Sign Language ("Sailing Again" by Joe Mendick & Kyle Selig, by "Who You Are" monologue- the Anima Series )


Melody Stewart

Distinguished Young Woman of Upson County

Parents: Julius & Patricia Stewart
College Preference: Gordon State College, Columbus State University
Career Goals: Early Childhood Educator
Talent: Tap Dance ("Doctor Jazz", by Gregory Hines)