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 2015 Distinguished Young Women of Georgia program. 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) (I'd Rather Go Blind, by Etta James)


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 (Nocturne in E Flat, Op. 9, by Frédéric Chopin)


Sophia Inaba

Distinguished Young Woman of Bartow County

Parents: Mike & Fujiko Inaba
College Preference: University of California Los Angeles
Career Goals: Neurologist, music therapist
Talent: Vocal Presentation (show tune) ("I Enjoy Being a Girl" from Flower Drum Song)


Kirsten "Abbie" Maynard

Distinguished Young Woman of Catoosa County

Parents: Keith & April Maynard
College Preference: Culinary Institute of America
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

College Preference: Auburn University
Career Goals: Equine Veterinarian
Talent: Piano Solo ("Phantom of the Opera", by Andrew Lloyd Webber)


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 or Mercer University
Career Goals: Make a positive Christian difference in the world
Talent: Song: "Note to God" (written by Diane Warren)


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)


Macey Parrott

Distinguished Young Woman of Gordon County

Parents: Maxwell Parrott & Elizabeth Parrott
College Preference: Tulane University
Career Goals: Chemist
Talent: Baton Twirling (You're The Top, by Cole Porter)


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 (Around Us by Jonsi, by Choreographer: Katie Johnson)


Eleanor Queen

Distinguished Young Woman of Hancock County

College Preference: Andrews or Liberty University
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
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: UGA or United States Air Force Academy
Career Goals: Become a medical librarian
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: Georgia College and State University
Career Goals: Theater/Stage Management
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)


Candace Luong

Distinguished Young Woman of Liberty County

Parents: Robert & Joanne Luong
College Preference: Public, medium population
Career Goals: To share with the world what I have to offer.
Talent: Step


Brontë Joseph

Distinguished Young Woman of Milledgeville

Parents: James Joseph & Rosalie Richards
College Preference: Columbia Univeristy
Career Goals: Chemical Technical Writer
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 Georgia
Career Goals: Nutrition, Psychology, Dermatology
Talent: Jazz/Modern dance (Something That I Want, by Tara Shepard Myers)


Megan Beckett

Distinguished Young Woman of Oconee County

Parents: Troy & Diana Beckett
College Preference: UGA
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)


Taylor Maggiore

Distinguished Young Woman of Watkinsville

Parents: Charles Neely & Laura Beaghan
College Preference: Florida State University
Career Goals: Broadcast Journalism
Talent: Piano Solo (Whitewater Chopsticks, by Calvin Jones)