Participants

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!



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)


Caitlyn Penter

Distinguished Young Woman of Myrtle Beach

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 )


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 )


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)