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 Buncombe County program. Want to participate? Apply now!

Briana Humes

Parents: William Humes Jr. & Jacqueline Young
College Preference: Duke, Vanderbilt, College of Charleston
Career Goals: Undecided
Talent: Poem

Courtney Case

Parents: Robert & Brenda Case
College Preference: Liberty University
Career Goals: Performer or medical field
Talent: Vocal Presentation (Reflection From Mulan, by Matthew Wilder and David Zippel)

Dori Harcharik

Parents: Paul & Karen Harcharik
College Preference: University of Tennesse or N.C. State
Career Goals: Organic Cosmetology/ Agriculture
Talent: Reciting a poem I wrote ("For Her", by Myself)

Kadee Beasley

Parents: Keith & Kelly Beasley
College Preference: Vanderbilt University School of Engineering
Career Goals: Work with alternative energy or natural resources
Talent: Lyrical Dance ("I Was Here", by Beyonce)

Jamie Lemons

Parents: James & Kaye Lemons
College Preference: Vanderbilt University
Career Goals: Pediatrician
Talent: Tap Dance (Come Together, by Choreographed by Tonia Freeman)

Makenzy Mull

Parents: Keith & Melinda Mull
College Preference: Johns Hopkins University
Career Goals: Medicine/Science
Talent: Dramatic Monologue (Joan of Arc's monologue from Henry VI part 1, by William Shakespeare)

Kennedy Laney

Parents: Christopher & Lisa Laney
College Preference: Indiana University, Duke University, Georgetown
Career Goals: Ophthalmic Technician/Optician
Talent: Tumbling/Dance (The Addams Family)

Emilee Lord

College Preference: Davidson College, Princeton University, UNCCH
Career Goals: Law
Talent: Harmonica Presentation (Amazing Grace, by John Newton)

Anna Teall

Parents: Dennis & Elizabeth Teall-Flemming
College Preference: Lenoir Rhyne University
Career Goals: Elementary Education
Talent: Vocal ("Part of Your World", by Disney's The Little Mermaid)

Jenna Ross

Parents: David Ross II & Ann Ross
College Preference: Embry-Riddle Daytona Campus, Air Force Academy
Career Goals: Commission into the Air Force as an Officer and wo

Kaylyn Brank

Parents: Steven Brank & Rachel Christian
College Preference: Wingate University
Career Goals: Criminal Justice
Talent: JROTC Drill (Professional Griefers , by Deadmau5 (remix))

Amy Frink

College Preference: UNCG, Gardner Webb, Maryville College
Career Goals: American Sign Language and Spanish Interpreter
Talent: Singing and signing (ASL) (Blessings, by Laura Story)