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 Elkhart program. Want to participate? Apply now!

Lauren Weirich

Parents: Kyle & Tracey Weirich
College Preference: Western Michigan University
Career Goals: Music Education

Katie Mochamer

Parents: Todd & Suzanne Mochamer

Mariah DeFreese

Kaitlyn Copsey

Samantha Shank

Parents: Phillip & Dara Shank
College Preference: Bethel College
Career Goals: Communications
Talent: Sign Language (So Far To Find You, by Casting Crowns)

Mary Balentine

Emily Varga

Katherine Foy

Parents: Joseph & Jacqueline Foy
College Preference: Miami of Ohio or IU Bloomington
Career Goals: Trauma Surgeon

Tricia Petit

Parents: Raymond & Kimberly Petit
College Preference: Columbia College Chicago
Career Goals: Cinematography/ Film Editing

Sidney Hochstetler

Parents: Sean & Noelle Hochstetler
College Preference: University of Illinois-Chicago
Career Goals: Massage Therapy
Talent: Vocal Presentation (Not for the life of me: Thoroughly Modern Millie, by Music:Jeanine Tesori Lyrics:Dick Scanlan)

Brianna Andrade

College Preference: IU Bloomington,Purdue,UCLA,University of Michigan
Career Goals: Pediatric Opthalmologist, Dance Teacher
Talent: Ballroom Dance (The Beat , by Brazilectro)

Teondra Lawrence

Parents: Bruce & Shalean Lawrence Lawrence
College Preference: IPFW
Career Goals: Occupational Theapist
Talent: Marimba Solo (Libertango (formerly "A Star Piazzola"), by Eric Sammut)

Rebeca Marrufo

Parents: Joel Marrufo & Angelica Portillo
College Preference: Goshen, or Indiana University
Career Goals: pediatrician or social worker

Kathryn Sokolowski

Parents: David Sokolowski & Elizabeth (Fay) Sokolowski
College Preference: Notre Dame
Career Goals: Pre-Med
Talent: A mixture of dance and gymnastics (The Dog Days are Over, by Florence and the Machine)

Emma Snodgrass