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 North Carolina program. Want to participate? Apply now!

Mary Leland

Distinguished Young Woman of Edgecombe County

Parents: William & June Leland
College Preference: University of Virginia, UNC-Chapel Hill
Career Goals: Non Profit Founder
Talent: Piano Solo (Argentine Rumba, by Frank Sanucci)

Megan Downs

Distinguished Young Woman of Jones-Onslow

Parents: Matthew & Stella Downs
College Preference: North Carolina State University
Career Goals: Biological Engineering followed by Medical School
Talent: Vocal Presentation (Imagine, by John Lennon)

Rachel Rightmyer

Distinguished young woman of Roanoke valley

Parents: Raymond & Sheri Rightmyer
College Preference: East Carolina University or Meredith College
Career Goals: Elementary Education
Talent: Clogging Performance ("Jailhouse Rock" - Elvis Presley, by Choreography: )

Molly McCarthy

Distinguished Young Woman of Rockingham County

Parents: Brian & Kathy McCarthy
College Preference: UCLA, Duke University, UCF, USF
Career Goals: Clinical Psychologist
Talent: Vocal and Instrumental Performance (House of the Rising Sun , by The Animals)

Jennifer Agather

Distinguished Young Woman of Wake County

Parents: Stephen & Elizabeth Agather
College Preference: New York City School
Career Goals: Pursue Musical Theatre/Dance Career
Talent: Dance (Wonderful by Annie Lennox, by Jaspin Newell and Jennifer Agather)

Payton Meadows

Distinguished Young Woman of Wayne County

Parents: Dayton & Tracey Meadows
College Preference: ECU, UTA, UF, UNCW
Career Goals: Surgeon
Talent: Dance and Gymnastics (Daddy)

Laura Bauza

Greenville's Junior Miss

Parents: Norberto Velazquez & Laura Davila
College Preference: UNC, USC, ECU, UVA
Career Goals: Dentist
Talent: Jazz Variation (Feeling Good, by Nina Simone)

Martha Bennett

Pitt County's Junior Miss

Parents: Thomas Bennett Jr. & Margaret Bennett
College Preference: UNC at Chapel Hill, Duke, UVA, South Carolina Univ
Career Goals: Journalism, Broadcast Journalism, History,
Talent: Contemporary Pointe

Alexandra Still

Rutherford County's Junior Miss

Parents: James & Sharon Still
College Preference: College of Charleston, Wake Forest, Clemson, UNCCH
Career Goals: Education
Talent: Tap Dance (Another One Bites the Dust (Acapella), by Queen)