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!

Jennifer Bergeron

Distinguished Young Woman of Capeway

Parents: Christopher Loring & Sheila Bergeron
College Preference: Springfield College, or Northeastern University
Career Goals: Doctorate of Physical Therapy
Talent: Acrobatic Dance (The Phantom of the Opera, by Andrew Lloyd Webber)

Katherine Teixeira

Distinguished Young Woman of Franklin

Parents: Robert & Shelia Teixeira
College Preference: Boston University
Career Goals: Physican Assistant
Talent: Guitar solo (Carolina in my Mind, by James Taylor)

Caitlin Oelrich

Distinguished Young Woman of Greater Easthampton

Parents: Jonathan Oelrich & Rochelle Ham-Oelrich
College Preference: Undecided
Career Goals: Pediatric Nurse
Talent: Dance (Not In That Way, by Sam Smith)

Kelly Reading

Distinguished Young Woman of Massachusetts

Parents: Michael & Robin Brown
College Preference: Cedar Crest College, Dickinson College
Career Goals: Forensic Science or Biochemistry/ Medical Research
Talent: Vocal Presentation (I Wonder, by Kellie Pickler)

Kezia Duarte

Distinguished Young Woman of Nantucket

Parents: Dominic & Jana Duarte
College Preference: University of Pittsburgh
Career Goals: Nurse Practitioner
Talent: Saxophone (Deacon Blues, by Steely Dan)

James Espinola

Distinguished Young Woman of Peabody

Parents: Joseph & Christina Espinola
Talent: Dance - Lyrical (On My Own, by Sabrina DelloRusso)