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 South Carolina program. Want to participate? Apply now!

Mary Catharine Patterson

Distinguished Young Woman of Anderson County

Parents: Kevin & Heather Patterson
College Preference: University of South Carolina Honors College
Career Goals: Medicine
Talent: Contemporary Clogging Routine (Roar/ Brave Remix, by Katy Perry/ Sara Bareilles and Tesher )

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 and Theater teacher
Talent: Singing ("Cups", by A.P. Carter)

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: Coastal Carloina/USC Medical/College of Charelston
Career Goals: Medical/Pediatrician
Talent: Clogging Routine (Mama's Broken Heart by Miranda Lambert, by Krystal Argo Banks)

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 Choregraphed by: 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 (Evacuate the Dance Floor, by Cascada)

Sarah Baus

Distinguished Young Woman of North Dorchester

Parents: Don & Susan Baus
College Preference: Univ. of Colorado Boulder, Johns Hopkins, and more
Career Goals: Interventional Radiology
Talent: Contemporary Dance (Bedroom Hymns, by Florence and the Machine)

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)

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 (Everytime We Touch, by Cascada)

Autumn Brown

Distinguished Young Woman of South Charleston

Parents: Aaron & Jennifer Brown
College Preference: Clemson University
Career Goals: Chemical Engineer
Talent: Vocal and Instrmental (acoustic guitar) (Colder Weather, by Zac Brown Band)

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: Microbiology or Chemical Engineering
Talent: Lyrical Ballet (Looking Glass, by Morgan Bookstaver; Music: Vitamin String Quartet)

Gabrielle Milton

Distinguished Young Woman of West Charleston

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