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 ("I Was Here", by Beyonce)

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)

Anna-Claire Musick

Distinguished Young Woman of Edgecombe County

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

Meghan Moloney

Distinguished Young Woman of Greenville

Parents: Robert & Maria Moloney
College Preference: UNC Chapel Hill, UVA, Georgetown University
Career Goals: Education, Journalism or Event Management
Talent: Piano Solo ("Hungary, Opus 410" 1st movement, revised/abridged, by Carl Koelling )

Savannah Heath

Distinguished Young Woman of Jones/Onslow

Parents: Harold & Sandra Heath
College Preference: ECU or NC STATE
Career Goals: To major in child or forensic psychology
Talent: Tap Dance (I Got A Woman, by Ray Charles )

Olivia Dunn

Distinguished Young Woman of Pitt County

Parents: Vernon & Carolyn Dunn
College Preference: UNC-Chapel Hill, UVA, USC, ECU, Duke
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: Emory University, Davidson, UNC, Duke, Wake Forest
Career Goals: trauma surgeon, forensic pathologist
Talent: Singing/Acting Presentation ("Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better", by Irving Berlin (from the movie "Annie Get Your Gun))

Sammie Washburn

Distinguished Young Woman of Rutherford County

Parents: Harrill Washburn & Yvetta Washburn
College Preference: University of Alabama
Career Goals: Physician
Talent: Gymnastics ("All of the Lights" , by Kanye West)

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 (Kitri Act III Variation from Don Quixote, by Choreographer: Petipa)