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 Massachusetts. Want to participate? Apply now!

Susannah Johnson

Distinguished Young Woman of Acton

Parents: Gregory & Linda Johnson
College Preference: University of Rhode Island
Career Goals: Animal Science
Talent: Lyrical Dance Interpretation of Skating Program (Illumination, by The Secret Garden)

Kaeleigh Smith

Distinguished Young Woman of Capeway

Parents: Kevin & Nancy Smith
College Preference: Bridgewater State University
Career Goals: Elementary Teacher, minor in dance/special ed
Talent: Lyrical Dance routine (I Loved Her First , by Heartland, Choreography by Jamie Lovell )

Rachita Chaudhury

Distinguished Young Woman of Franklin

Parents: Mukesh & Prairat Chaudhury
College Preference: Harvard University
Career Goals: Biomedical Engineer for drug therapies/med.devices
Talent: Comedic Monologue (Pink Flamingo, by Bryan Fuller and Todd Holland)

Mackenzie Bowden

Distinguished Young Woman of Greater Bridgewater

Parents: Jonathan & Karen Bowden
College Preference: Johns Hopkins, Brown, Villanova, Tufts
Career Goals: Chemical Engineering, Environmental Studies
Talent: Tap Dance (Weapon of Choice by Fatboy Slim, Choreography, by Jen Drake and Self Choreographed )

Brianna Weltlich

Distinguished Young Woman of Greater Easthampton

Parents: William & Cynthia Weltlich
College Preference: Springfield College
Career Goals: Occupational Therapy
Talent: Ukulele and singing (I'm Yours, by Jason Mraz)

Xin Song

Distinguished Young Woman of Massachusetts

Parents: Wu Song & MeiRong Huang
College Preference: Harvard
Career Goals: Biomedical Engineering
Talent: Martial Arts Musical Sword Form (Victory, by Bond, with Escala )

Rachelle Edmond

Distinguished Young Woman of Medford

Parents: Raphael Edmond & Ana Cano-Edmond
College Preference: Lasell College
Career Goals: Athletic Trainer
Talent: Lyrical (Last of Me, by Lauri Di Napoli Stickney )

Cara Godlesky

Distinguished Young Woman of Nantucket

Parents: Tom & Karen Godlesky
College Preference: Penn State
Career Goals: Physical Therapy
Talent: Piano