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 2016 Distinguished Young Women of Buncombe County program. Want to participate? Apply now!

Emma Worthy

Parents: Bryan & Mary Worthy
College Preference: Wichita State University
Career Goals: Cosmetology and Major-Business, Minor-Psychology
Talent: Jazz Dance (Lean On, by Major Lazer and DJ Snake)

Brooke Reyes

Parents: James Reyes & Heather Jones
College Preference: UNC Greensburro, UNC Asheville,
Career Goals: Special Education Counselor, Preforming Arts,

Alaina Smith

Parents: Rodney & Angela Smith
College Preference: Western Carolina University or UNC Asheville
Career Goals: Communication/ Broadcasting/ Video Production
Talent: Contemporary Dance (Hero, by Family of the Year)

Shelby Voss

Parents: Raymond & Julie Voss
College Preference: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Career Goals: Human Services
Talent: Dance

Nicole Fisichella

Parents: Tony Fisichella Jr. & Kim Fisichella
College Preference: AB Tech, then college in NYC
Career Goals: A career in either computers or forensics
Talent: HipHop Dance (Natural Women, Beggin Mix , by Madcon, Arethra Franklin )

Heather Freeman

Parents: Thomas & Susan Freeman
College Preference: NC State University, Clemson University, Duke
Career Goals: Engineering & decide discipline during undergrad
Talent: Piano and Singing Solo (I Think It's Going to Rain Today, by Randy Newman)

Lauren Field

Parents: Stewart & Maria Field
College Preference: Liberty University
Career Goals: Cinematographer
Talent: monologue (About a friend committing suicide, by I wrote it.)

Savannah Caudle

College Preference: Clemson University
Career Goals: Law/Politics
Talent: Vocal Presentation (show tune) (Don't Rain on My Parade, by Bob Merrill and Jule Styne)

Kristie Kim

Distinguished Young Woman of Buncombe County

Parents: Paul & Hwa-Jin Kim
College Preference: Harvard, Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill
Career Goals: Medical doctor- Oncologist
Talent: Violin Performance (Zigeunerweisen, by Pablo de Sarasate)