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.

While we await the first of the participants, below is a list of last year's participants for Distinguished Young Women of South Carolina. Want to participate? Apply now!

Kaylin Young

Distinguished Young Woman of Abbeville County

Parents: Keith & Andrea Young
College Preference: College of Charleston
Career Goals: Pediatric Physical Therapy
Talent: Jazz Routine (Dont' Rain On My Parade, by 1964 Funny Girl/Glee)

Mary Catharine Patterson

Distinguished Young Woman of Anderson County

Parents: Kevin & Heather Patterson
College Preference: Clemson University School of Nursing
Career Goals: Registered Nurse
Talent: Contemporary Clogging Routine (Ready for a Miracle , by LeAnn Rimes (choreography by Blaire Andrews) )

Allison Snipes

Distinguished Young Woman of Blacksburg

Parents: Michael & Malena Snipes
College Preference: Winthrop University, North Greenville University
Career Goals: High School or College English or History teacher
Talent: Vocal Presentation(show tune) ("Cups", by A.P. Carter,performed in the movie "Pitch Perfect")

Elliott Hayes

Distinguished Young Woman of Dillon County

Parents: Jackie & Amanda Hayes
College Preference: The University of South Carolina
Career Goals: Major in Journalism and become an attorney
Talent: Vocal Selection (show tune) ("I Could Have Danced All Night" , by Alan Lerner from "My Fair Lady")

Colleen Christensen

Distinguished Young Woman of East Charleston

Parents: John & Maura Christensen
College Preference: Washington and Lee University
Career Goals: OB/GYN Physician
Talent: Irish Dancing (Trolleyed, by Beoga)

Summer Hamlett

Distinguished Young Woman of Greenwood City

Parents: The Late Jody & Cynthia Hamlett
College Preference: Clemson, College of Charleston, MUSC
Career Goals: Pediatrician
Talent: Theatrical Tap Dance (Diamonds are a Girl's Best Freind - Moulin Rouge, by Sheree Hill )

Mari Ouzts

Distinguished Young Woman of Greenwood County

Parents: Norman Ouzts , Jr & The late JoBeth Owings Ouzts
College Preference: Clemson University, College Of Charleston, USC
Career Goals: Occupational Therapy
Talent: Broadway Jazz Dance ("Hot Honey Rag" : Fosse soundtrack, by Choreographer Sheri Brewington)

Jacqueline Phillips

Distinguished Young Woman of North Aiken County

Parents: Jack & Stephanie Phillips
College Preference: Clemson Univeristy
Career Goals: Pre-Medicine, Pharmacist
Talent: Clogging Dance (Mary Poppins- Broadway, by Disney Inc.)

Sarah Baus

Distinguished Young Woman of North Dorchester

Parents: Don & Susan Baus
College Preference: College of Charleston, Johns Hopkins, and more
Career Goals: Interventional Radiology
Talent: Drum (Mash up of many compositions, by Many creators including myself)

Nicole Jackson

Distinguished Young Woman of North Edgefield

Parents: Clyde Jackson & Danielle Welsh
College Preference: University of Georgia University of South Carolina
Career Goals: Dermatology
Talent: Gymnastics Routine (El Tango De Roxanne, by Barry Nease)

Morgan Nichols

Distinguished Young Woman of North Lexington

Parents: Hugh & Brenda Nichols
College Preference: Vanderbilt, USC, Clemson, Wofford
Career Goals: Medical Field specializing In-Vitro Fertilization
Talent: Vocal Presentation (show tune) (I Can Hear the Bells , by Marc Shaiman)

Lauren Grimm

Distinguished Young Woman of South Aiken County

Parents: Bob Grimm & Karen Bowles
College Preference: USC, USCA
Career Goals: Special Education Elementary School Teacher
Talent: Jazz Dance (undecided , by undecided )

Caitlyn Penter

Distinguished Young Woman of South Carolina

Parents: Michael & Laura Penter
College Preference: Belmont Univeristy, Manhattan School of Music
Career Goals: Commercial Music Degree to work in Music Industry
Talent: Vocal Presentation (Jazz) (I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me , by Billie Holiday )

Autumn Brown

Distinguished Young Woman of South Charleston

Parents: Aaron & Jennifer Brown
College Preference: Clemson University
Career Goals: Chemical Engineer
Talent: Vocal and Instrmental (electric guitar) (Lead Me to the Cross, by Hillsong United)

Nicole Snow

Distinguished Young Woman of South Dorchester

Parents: Brian & Pamela Snow
College Preference: University of South Carolina, or Costal Carolina,
Career Goals: Elementary Teacher or a Special Ed Teacher

Morgan Bookstaver

Distinguished Young Woman of South Edgefield

Parents: David & Susan Bookstaver
College Preference: University of South Carolina
Career Goals: Biomedical Engineering
Talent: Lyrical Ballet (Looking Glass, by Morgan Bookstaver; Music: Vitamin String Quartet)

Shelby Stoltz

Distinguished Young Woman of South Lexington

Parents: Peter & Brooke Stoltz
College Preference: University of South Carolina
Career Goals: Dentistry
Talent: Musical Theater Dance ("But I Am A Good Girl" : Christina Aguilera, by Choreographer Carley Gallup)

Katelyn Funderburk

Distinguished Young Woman of Surfside Beach

Parents: William Funderburk & LuAnn Barton
College Preference: Belmont, Harding, Lipscomb and Clemson
Career Goals: Music Major, pursue a career in studio production
Talent: Vocal Presentation (The Girl in 14G, by Kristin Chenoweth)

Gabrielle Milton

Distinguished Young Woman of West Charleston

Parents: William Milton Jr. & Dominique Milton
College Preference: Spelman College, Hampton, UNC Chapel Hill
Career Goals: Pediatric Orthodontist
Talent: Flute (Put Your Records On, by Corinee Bailey Rae)

Reagan Smith

Distinguished Young Woman of York County

Parents: Wesley & Rebecca Smith
College Preference: Massachusetts Institute for Technology
Career Goals: Chemical Engineer
Talent: Piano Solo (Prelude 3 - "The Spanish Prelude", by George Gershwin)