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!



Calli McMullen

Distinguished Young Woman of Baldwin County

Parents: Calvin & Rebecca McMullen
College Preference: Georgia Tech, Emory University, Mercer University
Career Goals: Dentistry, Orthodontics, Business Management
Talent: Ballet (La Esmeralda, by Cesare Pugni)


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)


Bailey Walker

Distinguished Young Woman of Bonaire

Parents: Gregory & Tami Walker
College Preference: University of Georgia
Career Goals: Journalist or Interior Designer
Talent: Dramatic Monologue (Where Have All The Good Princes Gone?, by Ross Schexnayder)


Maria Longoria

Distinguished Young Woman of Chatham County

Parents: David & Sherri Longoria
College Preference: GA Institute of Technoloy
Career Goals: Doctorate in Civil Engineering
Talent: Instrumental--Oboe Solo (Bouree Anglaise, by Johann Sebastian Bach)


Lily Simpson

Distinguished Young Woman of Cherokee County

Parents: Garland & Jocelyn Simpson
College Preference: Valdosta State University, Belhaven University
Career Goals: Dance Major, Early Childhood Education Major
Talent: Tap Dance (Happy- Pharrell Williams, by Julie Reeves)


Grace Chapin

Distinguished Young Woman of Cobb County

Parents: Craig & Jennifer Chapin
College Preference: Samford University
Career Goals: Business Administration or HighSchool Math Teacher
Talent: Piano Solo (Fantaisie Impromptu , by Frédéric Chopin)


Lauren Coop

Distinguished Young Woman of Colquitt County

Parents: Greg & Lisa Coop
College Preference: University of Georgia, University of Florida
Career Goals: Medical Sciences or Business
Talent: Gymnastics routine


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)


Anna Romanov

Distinguished Young Woman of Fulton County

Parents: Roman & Lucy Naumov
College Preference: Duke University, Emory, Brown University
Career Goals: biomedical engineering; medicine
Talent: Contemporary Ballet (and Violin) (Storm (Music: Vanessa Mae), by Original Composer: Antonio Vivaldi )


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)


Shelby Burnette

Distinguished Young Woman of Houston County

Parents: Mark & Lisa Burnette
College Preference: University of South Carolina
Career Goals: Sports marketing for the Southeastern Conference
Talent: Classical vocal presentation (Nel cor piu non mi sento, by Giovanni Paisiello)


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
College Preference: Auburn
Career Goals: Elementary Educator
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)


Savannah Daly

Distinguished Young Woman of Warner Robins

Parents: Phil & Stacy Daly
College Preference: University of Georgia
Career Goals: undecided
Talent: Comedic Monologue ("Sick", by Shel Silverstein)