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!



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: Comedic 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 Marie 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 Claire 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 Georgia

Parents: Roman & Lucy Naumov
College Preference: Duke University, Emory, Georgia Tech
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 Guitar and Singing ("He Knows My Name", by Francesca Battistelli )


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: Jazz Vocal Presentation (Orange Colored Sky, by Milton DeLugg and Willie Stein)


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: American University in Rome, Mercer, or Samford
Career Goals: To open a private classical school in Albany
Talent: War fan demonstration (Being Patient/Beifong's Sacrifice, by Jeremy Zuckerman)


Sojourner Cagle

Distinguished Young Woman of Leesburg

Parents: Martin & Marnie Cagle
College Preference: Florida State University; Emory University
Career Goals: Neurologist
Talent: Dance Routine (Baila Baila, by Angela Via)


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: Middle Georgia, Brewton-Parker, Shorter
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)