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!

Samantha O'Hare

Distinguished Young Woman of Capeway

Parents: Michael & Kristen O'Hare
College Preference: Boston University, Tufts University
Career Goals: Veterinarian
Talent: Singing and playing guitar ("Mean", by Taylor Swift)

Kendra Dombroski

Distinguished Young Woman of Franklin

Parents: Stephen & Laura Dombroski
College Preference: Princeton, Harvard, Duke
Career Goals: Medicine
Talent: Classical Ballet En Pointe (Kitri Act I Variation from Don Quixote, by Ludwig Minkus)

Emily Yeo

Distinguished Young Woman of Greater Bridgewater

Parents: Warren & Colette Yeo
College Preference: Dean College
Career Goals: My goal is to own my own dance studio one day.
Talent: Lyrical Dance (Close Your Eyes, by Meghan Trainor)

Minh Leigh Sullivan

Distinguished Young Woman of Greater Easthampton

Parents: David Sullivan & Catherine Hancock
College Preference: Performing Arts College BFA Program
Career Goals: Professional Dancer, Choreographer and Teacher
Talent: Contemporary Jazz Dance (I'm Scared by Duffy, by Alison Forance, Jacqueline Ashley, Minh Sullivan)

Samantha Moccia

Distinguished Young Woman of Greater Norfolk

Parents: Luigi & Jennifer Moccia
College Preference: Boston College, Villanova University
Career Goals: Business (Business Management, Marketing)
Talent: Contemporary Dance (Beneath Your Beautiful, by Labrinth feat. Emeli Sande)

Tiffany Lu

Distinguished Young Woman of Massachusetts

Parents: Zhaosong Lu & Yuanping Chen
College Preference: Harvard, Brown, Johns Hopkins
Career Goals: Certified Neurosurgeon
Talent: Classical Piano (Ballade No. 1 Op. 23, by Frederic Chopin)

Alexandra Ryan

Distinguished Young Woman of Southborough

Parents: Terrence Ryan, Jr. & Pauline Ryan
College Preference: Princeton, Harvard, Yale
Career Goals: Broadway actor
Talent: Musical Theater Vocal Performance with Tap Dance (Not For the Life of Me, Thoroughly Modern Millie, by Jeanine Tesori with Lyrics by Dick Scanlan)