Participants

Distinguished Young Women participants come from all walks of life, but they have one thing in common: the desire to succeed. Below are the Distinguished Young Women of Kentucky participants for the Class of 2023.

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Sarah Meador

Allen County

City: scottsville

College Preference: Western Kentucky University

Career Goals: Ms. Architectural Design

Talent: A performative monologue  (‘I remember, I remember’ by Thomas Hood, by )

Abigail Frasure

Anderson County

City: Lawrenceburg

College Preference: Boyce College

Career Goals: Worship leader/missionary and music studio owner.

Talent: Play the piano and sing (Broadway and Classical, by “Burn” composed by Lin Manuel Miranda and “Estampes Pagodes” composed by Debussy (Arr. Abey Frasure))

Edie Clark

Boyle County

City: Danville

College Preference: Samford University

Career Goals: Physician

Talent: Vocals with Acoustic Guitar (Wide Open Spaces, by The Chicks)

Madison Chansler

Casey County

City: Middleburg

College Preference: Western Kentucky University

Career Goals: Plastic Surgery

Talent: Athletic Preformace  

Hadley Hancock

Christian County

City: Hopkinsville

College Preference:

Career Goals: Get my real estate license!

Talent: Dance (Jazz, by Brooke Bailey Abner )

Claire Martin

Clark County

City: Winchester

College Preference: University of Kentucky

Career Goals: Doctor

Talent: Piano (Etude no. 23 op. 25 no.11, by Frederic Chopin )

Cadence Carr

DYW of Warren County

City: Bowling Green

College Preference: Western Kentucky University

Career Goals: Professional dancer and teach at my own studio

Talent: Dance  (Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves , by Cadence Carr)

Daksha Pillai

Fayette County

City: Lexington

College Preference: Columbia University

Career Goals: Public Defender

Talent: Flute  (The Swiss Shepherd, by Pietro Morlacchi)

Lilia Saxena Smithson

Frankfort

City: Frankfort

College Preference: Centre College

Career Goals: Obstetrician-Gynecologist

Talent: Piano Performance  (Can't Help Falling in Love , by The Piano Guys )

Kali Young

Green County

City: Greensburg

College Preference: Undecided

Career Goals: Math Teacher

Talent: Vocal,lyrical ballet on pointe (On My Own, by Claude-Michel Schönberg)

Caroline Yates

Hardin County

City: Elizabethtown

College Preference: Western Kentucky University

Career Goals: I would like to be a high school math teacher.

Talent: Piano (First Movement of Grieg's Piano Concerto, by Edvard Grieg, Arrangement by Percy Aldridge Grainger)

Emerson Kirtley

Henderson County

City: Henderson

College Preference: University of Kentucky

Career Goals: Civil/Architectural Engineer

Talent: Speed Painting (My Old Kentucky Home, by Appalatin)

Macy Stillwell

LaRue County

City: Mt. Sherman

College Preference: Campbellsville University

Career Goals: Become an elementary teacher. Continue to consular

Talent: Piano (Malaguena, by John W. Schaum)

Chloe Perkins

Lincoln County

City: Stanford

College Preference: University of Kentucky

Career Goals: Pharmacist

Talent: Dance  (Let Her Go, by Passenger)

Laura Gibson

Louisville

City: Louisville

College Preference: Centre College

Career Goals: Actor, Writer, Artistic Creator

Talent: Vocal (My White Knight (The Music Man), by Franklin Lacey and Meredith Willson)

Allison Essex

Marion County

City: Lebanon

College Preference: University of Louisville

Career Goals: Pediatric Oncologist

Talent: Vocal Performance  (She Used to Be Mine, by Sara Bareilles/ Jesse Mueller)

Maddie Brother

Montgomery County

City: Mt. Sterling

College Preference: University of Louisville

Career Goals: I plan to pursue a career in the journalism field.

Talent: Vocal Performance  (“Think of Me”, by Andrew Lloyd Webber “Phantom of the Opera” )

Jenna Evans

Morgan County

City: West Liberty

College Preference: University of Kentucky

Career Goals: Speech Pathologist

Talent: Jazz Dance (River Deep Mountain High, by Glee)

Carlie Spalding

Nelson County

City: Coxs Creek

College Preference: University of Kentucky

Career Goals: Nursing

Talent: violin  (Its been a Long, Long Time , by Harry James )

Kelsey Lewis

Rowan County

City: Clearfield

College Preference: Morehead State University

Career Goals: Become a Veterinarian and build a business

Talent: Singing (I think I'm Gonna Like It Here, by Aileen Quinn, Ann Reinking)

Emily Greene

Rowan County

City: Olive Hill

College Preference: Morehead State University

Career Goals: Pharmacist

Talent: Science Experiment 

Jackson Jasper

Shelby County

City: Shelbyville

College Preference: Georgetown University Washington, D.C.

Career Goals: Attorney/Judge

Talent: Singing (Oiseaux si tous les ans, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

Hannah Hansford

Taylor County

City: Campbellsville

College Preference: Vanderbilt University

Career Goals: Human Rights Attorney

Talent: Guitar (Malagueña, by Ernesto Lecuona)

Tessa Rhea

Union County

City: Morganfield

College Preference: University of Kentucky

Career Goals: To become a family law attorney.

Talent: Singing (A New Life, by Jekyll and Hyde)

Maddie Kate Gabhart

Washington County

City: Mackville

College Preference: Undecided

Career Goals: Public Accounting Major

Talent: Piano Presentation  (Presto Movement of Sonatina Op. 13, No. 1, by Dmitri Kabalevsky )

Maggie White

Webster County

City: Dixon

College Preference: Murray State University

Career Goals: To work as a high school English Teacher

Talent: Monologue (Lucy Van Pelt, by You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown)

Diana Sharp

Woodford County

City: Versailles

College Preference: University Of Kentucky

Career Goals: Physical Therapist

Talent: Tap Dance (Hound Dog , by Shonka Dukureh/Elvis Motion Picture Soundtrack)

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