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 (Thousand Miles, by Vanessa Carlton)

Tara Moore

Distinguished Young Woman of Anderson County

Parents: Robert & Patricia Moore
College Preference: Clemson University
Career Goals: Pediatrician
Talent: Jazz Dance (Get On Your Feet, by Gloria Estefan)

Shannan Goodwin

Distinguished Young Woman of Blacksburg

Parents: Shannon Goodwin & Lavette King
College Preference: Winthrop University
Career Goals: Elementary Education Teacher
Talent: Tap Dance ("Tightrope", by Janelle Monae)

Georgia Hunt

Distinguished Young Woman of East Charleston

Parents: William & Marilou Hunt
College Preference: USC Columbia, Clemson, NYU, UNC Chapel Hill,
Career Goals: Communications, Speech Therapy
Talent: Vocal Presentation (Show Tune) (Think of Me, from Phantom of the Opera, by Andrew Lloyd Webber )

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)

Elena Manalich

Distinguished Young Woman of Greenwood City

Parents: Carlos & Peggy Manalich
College Preference: Clemson University
Career Goals: general internist
Talent: Piano Solo (Waltz in C Sharp Minor, by Chopin)

Elizabeth Hollingsworth

Distinguished Young Woman of Greenwood County

Parents: Jonathan Hollingsworth & Lynn Hemphill
College Preference: Clemson University, Furman University
Career Goals: Physical Therapy
Talent: Tap Dance (James Brown's "Get Up Offa That Thing", by Lauren Cabaniss)

Katherine Zeller

Distinguished Young Woman of North Aiken County

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

Taylor Branham

Distinguished Young Woman of North Dorchester

Parents: Michael & Kimberle Branham
College Preference: USC, Clemson, CofC, or Appalachian State
Career Goals: Physical Therapist
Talent: Lyrical Dance

Bailey Pedersen

Distinguished Young Woman of North Edgefield

Parents: Joel & Lisa Pedersen
College Preference: University of Tennessee
Career Goals: Greenhouse Industry Owner and Operator
Talent: Piano Solo (Bearcat Boogie, by Faber)

Sydney Crosby

Distinguished Young Woman of North Lexington

Parents: Wayne Crosby, Jr. & Susan Steele
College Preference: USC, NYU, Furman
Career Goals: Corporate Lawyer
Talent: Vocal Presentation (show tune) (Let Me Be Your Star, SMASH, by Composer - Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman)

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: Religious Studies, Early Childhood Education
Talent: Vocal Solo (How Great Thou Art, by Carrie Underwood)

Abigail Reeves

Distinguished Young Woman of South Charleston

Parents: Richard & Amy Alderman
College Preference: Columbia University, Furman, Wofford, Winthrop
Career Goals: Pediatric Oncology, High School Biology Teacher
Talent: Tap Dance ("Bugle Call Rag", by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra)

Caroline McWhorter

Distinguished Young Woman of South Dorchester

Parents: Jeff & Erin McWhorter
College Preference: Wofford, USC Honors College, Duke, UNC Chapel Hill
Career Goals: Pediatric Oncologist
Talent: Contemporary, Acroabtic Dance (For You I Will, by Drehz)

Morgan Swearingen

Distinguished Young Woman of South Edgefield

Parents: Hugh Swearingen & Morri Kernaghan
College Preference: Anderson University or Lander University
Career Goals: Middle/Secondary Education- History and English
Talent: Charleston Dance (Great Gatsby Remix- Self Mixed Audio, by Self Choreographed)

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)

Maddie Steen

Distinguished Young Woman of West Charleston

Parents: William & Denyse Steen
College Preference: College of Charleston, Pratt Institute, SCAD
Career Goals: Translator/Interpreter or Nutritionist
Talent: Vocal Presentation (guitar accompaniment) (Blank Space, by Taylor Swift)

Rachel Barber

Distinguished Young Woman of West Lexington

Parents: Kevin & Leah Barber
College Preference: Appalachian State University
Career Goals: Music Therapy
Talent: Vocal Presentation (opera) (O Mio Babbino Caro, by Giacomo Puccini)