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 North Carolina program. Want to participate? Apply now!

Kadee Beasley

Distinguished Young Woman of Buncombe County

Parents: Keith & Kelly Beasley
College Preference: Vanderbilt University School of Engineering
Career Goals: Work with alternative energy or natural resources
Talent: Lyrical Dance ("If I Had My Way", by Linda Eder)

Lily Schwartz

Distinguished Young Woman of Cabarrus County

Parents: Garry & Pamela Schwartz
College Preference: Duke University or Elon University
Career Goals: Political Science/Public Administration
Talent: Sacred Dance (Blessings, by Laura Story)

Megan Shepherd

Distinguished Young Woman of Durham County

Parents: Mark & Heaven Shepherd
College Preference: UNC, Elon, Wake Forest
Career Goals: Secondary Math Teacher
Talent: Contemporary Dance ("How will I know" By:Sam Smith, by Courtney Owen)

Anna-Claire Musick

Distinguished Young Woman of Edgecombe County

Parents: David & Tonja Musick
College Preference: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Career Goals: Research Communications Specialist
Talent: Tap Routine (Scat Man, by Scatman John)

Haley Self

Distinguished Young Woman of Granville County

Parents: Greg Self (the late) & Kimberly Self
College Preference: UNC Chapel Hill, NC
Career Goals: Pediatric Oncologist/Thoracic Surgeon
Talent: Jazz Dance (Hip Hip Chin Chin, by Club des Belugas)

Grace Ekoja

Distinguished Young Woman of Greensboro

Parents: Sunday Ekoja & Helen Obaje
College Preference: Spelman College
Career Goals: Pediatrician
Talent: Dance

Meghan Moloney

Distinguished Young Woman of Greenville

Parents: Robert & Maria Moloney
College Preference: UNC Chapel Hill
Career Goals: Journalism or Public Relations
Talent: Piano Solo (Whitewater Chopped Sticks, by Calvin Jones)

Hayley Massengale

Distinguished Young Woman of Guilford County

Parents: James & Amanda Massengale
College Preference: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Career Goals: Neonatal Nurse
Talent: Lyrical Dance ("Landslide", by Samantha Strong)

Mary Rosalyn Naylor

Distinguished Young Woman of Harnett County

Parents: Jeffery & Wendy Naylor
College Preference: Campbell University
Career Goals: undecided
Talent: Musical Theater Jazz Dance

Savannah Heath

Distinguished Young Woman of Jones/Onslow

Parents: Harold & Sandra Heath
College Preference: William Peace University or NC State
Career Goals: To major in psychology, and become a psychologist.
Talent: Tap Dance (He's A Pirate, by Taylor Davis)

Allison Dixon

Distinguished Young Woman of Lenoir County

Parents: Jeffery & Alice Dixon
College Preference: North Carolina State University/Clemson University
Career Goals: Zoologist
Talent: Character Jazz (Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, by Richard and Robert Sherman)

Olivia Dunn

Distinguished Young Woman of Pitt County

Parents: Vernon & Carolyn Dunn
College Preference: UNC-Chapel Hill, USC, ECU
Career Goals: Pediatric Surgery or Law
Talent: Vocal Presentation (The House of the Rising Sun, by Folk Song (Unknown Creator))

Brooke Meyers

Distinguished Young Woman of Roanoke Valley

Parents: David & Lisa Meyers
College Preference: NC State University
Career Goals: Pharmacology
Talent: Jazz Acro Routine (The Way You Make Me Feel, by Michael Jackson)

Payton Bonner

Distinguished Young Woman of Rockingham County

Parents: Kristopher & Sandra Bonner
College Preference: Wake Forest University, College of Charleston, UNC
Career Goals: Physician's Assistant, possibly Air Force
Talent: Vocal Presentation ("Oceans", by Hillsong United)

Lydia Stocks

Distinguished Young Woman of Rocky Mount

Parents: James & Shandra Stocks
College Preference: Meredith College or NC State
Career Goals: Unsure, but possibly teaching Spanish
Talent: Clarinet Solo (Concertino in E-Flat Major, by by Carl Maria Von Weber)

Havan Harris

Distinguished Young Woman of Roxboro

Parents: Jason Harris & Georgiana Wolfe
College Preference: UNC Charlotte
Career Goals: Speech Pathologist or Occupational Therapist
Talent: Jazz Dance (Ain't Nothing Wrong With That, by Robert Randolph & The Family Band )

Sammie Washburn

Distinguished Young Woman of Rutherford County

Parents: Rusty Washburn & Yvetta Washburn
College Preference: Clemson University/Appalachian State University
Career Goals: Physical Therapist
Talent: Gymnastics (On Top of the World, by Imagine Dragons)

Hannah Monroe

Distinguished Young Woman of Wake County

Parents: Adam & Deanna Monroe
College Preference: NC State, University of South Carolina, VT
Career Goals: Engineering
Talent: Pointe Variation (Variation of Giselle, Act I, by Choreographer: Perrot, Coralli)

Sara Lewis

Distinguished Young Woman of Wayne County

Parents: David & Angie Lewis
College Preference: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Career Goals: Public Relations and Marketing Specialist
Talent: Tap Dance (Puttin' on the Ritz)