Junior Miss contestants come from all walks of life, but they have one common characteristic: the desire to succeed. Each young woman receives valuable life experience through our program - relationship skills, self-confidence, and a sense of achievement. It is our goal to ensure that everyone who participates in our program has an enjoyable and memorable experience.

Below is a list of contestants for our forthcoming 2015 Distinguished Young Women of Utah- At Large . Want to participate? Apply now!



Sarah Kanell

Distinguished Young Woman of Beaver

Parents: Leo & Melissa Kanell
College Preference: University of Utah
Career Goals: Pharmacist
Talent: Violin Solo (Russian Fantasia No. 2, by Leo Portnoff)


Alexah Coon

Distinguished Young Woman of Draper

Parents: Christopher & Kimberly Coon
College Preference: Brigham Young University
Career Goals: Musician, harpist
Talent: Harp Solo (Great Day, by Nancy Gustavson)


Hayley DeWitt

Distinguished Young Woman of Herriman

Parents: Renn & Sara DeWitt
College Preference: Brigham Young University
Career Goals: Computer Science/Computer Programming
Talent: Violin Solo (Czardas, by Vittorio Monti)


Sabrina Jex

Distinguished Young Woman of Orem

Parents: Kaylen & Wendy Jex
College Preference: Brigham Young University, University of Utah
Career Goals: B.A. and M.A., University Professor
Talent: Contemporary Ballet (November (Composer Max Richter), by Choreographer Joni McDonald)


Rio Turnbull

Distinguished Young Woman of Riverton North

Parents: James & Satoko Turnbull
College Preference: Brigham Young University
Career Goals: Social Work
Talent: Staged recitation of a memorized poem (Why We Tell Stories, by Lisel Mueller)


Sydnee Hibbs

Distinguished Young Woman of Riverton South

Parents: R. Hibbs & Cheri Workman
College Preference: BYU
Career Goals: 1st grade teacher
Talent: Dancing (Human by Christina Perry)


Alexandra Kaelin

Distinguished Young Woman of Salt Lake City

Parents: Richard & Mary Kaelin
College Preference: Brigham Young University
Career Goals: Neo-Natal Nursing
Talent: Singing (L-O-V-E, by Nat King Cole)


Karissa Schmid

Distinguished Young Woman of Sandy North

Parents: Douglas & Stephanie Schmid
College Preference: Pepperdine, BYU, DSU, or University of Utah
Career Goals: Criminal Psychology
Talent: Vocal Presentation (French Opera) (L'Amour est oiseu rebelle (Habanera), by Georges Bizet)


Cierra Breen

Distinguished Young Woman of Sandy South

Parents: Curtis & Diane Breen
College Preference: BYU, SDSU, University of Utah
Career Goals: Sign Language Teacher, Business Degree
Talent: Lyrical Dance (All of the Stars, by Ed Sheeran)


Kaela Afoa

Distinguished Young Woman of Sandy West

Parents: Peresitene & Lori Afoa
College Preference: Brigham Young University, Hawaii
Career Goals: Pre-Med, Dentistry, or Archeology
Talent: Polynesian Dancing (Tahitian Drumbeats, by Various Polynesian Drummers)


Kiylee Christensen

Distinguished Young Woman of South Jordan

Parents: Carl & Sandy Christensen
College Preference: Utah Valley University
Career Goals: Elem. & Dance Teacher, Entrepreneur, City Mayor
Talent: Pointe Ballet (Fariy of the Enchanted Garden, by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Ivan Vsevolozhsky)


Kaitlyn Kidman

Distinguished Young Woman of St. George

Parents: Randal Kidman & Rachel Kidman
College Preference: BYU
Career Goals: Nursing
Talent: Vocal Presentation (A Change in Me , by Alan Menken )


Victoria Brandt

Distinguished Young Woman of Stansbury Park

Parents: Matthew & Christy Brandt
College Preference: Utah State University
Career Goals: Music Therapist
Talent: Violin Solo (Concerto No. 1 Mvt. 1, by J. S. Bach)