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 2015 Distinguished Young Women of Massachusetts program. 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)