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 South Carolina program. Want to participate? Apply now!

Mia Hunter

Distinguished Young Woman of Abbeville County

Parents: Franklin & Kimberly Jones
College Preference: Art Institute of Charlotte
Career Goals: Translator, Personal Chef
Talent: Piano Solo (Fur Elise "adapted", by Beethoven)

Tara Moore

Distinguished Young Woman of Anderson County

Parents: Robert & Patricia Moore
College Preference: Clemson University
Career Goals: Pediatrician
Talent: Lyrical Dance (In This Song, by Charice Pempengco)

Shannan Goodwin

Distinguished Young Woman of Blacksburg

Parents: Shannon Goodwin & Lavette King
College Preference: Winthrop University
Career Goals: Elementary Education Teacher
Talent: Tap Dance ("Trashing the Camp" from Disney's Tarzan)

Margaret Baker

Distinguished Young Woman of East Lexington

Parents: Mark & Lisa Baker
College Preference: Coker College
Career Goals: Dance Therapist / Physical Therapist
Talent: Contemporary Dance (Medicine, by Daughter)

Kaytlin Causey

Distinguished Young Woman of Horry County

Parents: Anthony & Sallie Todd
College Preference: The University of South Carolina
Career Goals: Be a social worker for the Dept. of Social Service
Talent: Vocal Presentation (All of Me, by John Legend)

Katherine Zeller

Distinguished Young Woman of North Aiken County

Parents: Joey Zeller & Sandra Zeller
College Preference: Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
Career Goals: Aeronautical Engineer and Astrophysicist
Talent: Vocal Presentation(Opera) (Think Of Me, by from Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber)

Sydney Crosby

Distinguished Young Woman of North Lexington

Parents: Wayne Crosby, Jr. & Susan Steele
College Preference: USC, College of Charleston, NYU, Furman
Career Goals: Corporate Lawyer
Talent: Vocal Presentation (show tune) (Reflection from Mulan, by Composer- Matthew Wilder)

Savannah Shope

Distinguished Young Woman of Oconee County

Parents: Dana & Tessa Shope
College Preference: Clemson University
Career Goals: Pediatric Physicians Assistant
Talent: Lyrical Dance (Try, by Colbie Collait)


Distinguished Young Woman of South Aiken County

Parents: Paul Romeo Jr. & Joy Romeo
College Preference: Trevecca Nazarene University
Career Goals: Early Childhood Education, Religious Studies
Talent: Vocal and Piano Solo (I Am Not Alone, by Kari Jobe)

Ashley Nienhius

Distinguished Young Woman of South Lexington

Parents: Nathan & Michelle Nienhius
College Preference: Furman University, College of Charleston, Duke
Career Goals: Pediatrician
Talent: Tap Dance (Gimme That Bass (Ciara), by choreographed by Katelan Kranz)

Rachel Barber

Distinguished Young Woman of West Lexington

Parents: Kevin & Leah Barber
College Preference: Appalachian State University
Career Goals: Music Therapy and Music Education
Talent: Vocal Presentation (opera) (Bel Piacere, by Handel )