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 2019.

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Rachel Foster

Allen County

City: Scottsville

College Preference: Transylvania University

Career Goals: Physical Therapist

Talent: Poetry Recitation (I Remember, I Remember, by Thomas Hood)

Bailey Pedersen

Anderson County

City: Lawrenceburg

College Preference: University of Kentucky

Career Goals: Bilingual Pediatrician

Talent: Singing and Tapping (Honey Bun from the musical South Pacific, by Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II)

Martina Chapman

Bath County

City: Salt Lick

College Preference: Morehead State University

Career Goals: Medical Doctor, Cardiologist

Talent: Dance (Billie Jean, by Michael Jackson)

Christiaan Prince

Carter County

City: Grayson

College Preference: Transylvania University or Belmont University

Career Goals: Anesthesiologist

Talent: Vocal (Say Something , by Great Big World)

Alyssa Jones

Casey County

City: Yosemite

College Preference: Eastern Kentucky University

Career Goals: Major in Secondary Education

Talent: Gymnastics Routine (Confidence , by Demi Lovato )

Riley Fort

Christian County

City: Hopkinsville

College Preference: University of Kentucky or Centre College

Career Goals: Dermatologist or Gynecologist

Talent: Musical Theatre (Somewhere Over the Rainbow, by The Wizard of Oz)

Haley Snell

Clark County

City: Winchester

College Preference: Eastern Kentucky University

Career Goals: Elementary School Teacher

Talent: Contemporary Dance (You Say, by by Lauren Daigle)

Cassidy Hook

Fayette County

City: Lexington

College Preference: New York University

Career Goals: International business

Talent: Lyrical Dance (Rise Up, by Andra Day)

Cassia Oney

Frankfort

City: Frankfort

College Preference: University of Kentucky

Career Goals: Registered Nurse

Talent: Contemporary Dance  (Yesterday, by Imagine Dragons)

Jessica Clark

Green County

City: Greensburg

College Preference: WKU

Career Goals: Ag Business

Talent: Piano 

Grace Yates

Hardin County

City: Elizabethtown

College Preference: Uncertain right now

Career Goals: singer/songrwriter/producer, new media spec.

Talent: Songwriter/guitar (Boys Like You, by Grace Yates)

Katherine Ivie

Henderson County

City: Henderson

College Preference: Penn State University

Career Goals: Musical Theatre and/or International Relations

Talent: Classical Voice (Care Selve, by George Frederic Handel)

Olivia Dale

Johnson County

City: Flatgap

College Preference: Morehead State University

Career Goals: To serve

Talent: Dancing (Ballet) (Variation: Kitri, by Léon Minkus: Don Quixote )

Malerie Skaggs

LaRue County

City: Hodgenville

College Preference: Bellarmine University

Career Goals: Nurse Practitioner

Talent: Singing and playing piano (When You Say Nothing at All, by Allison Krauss)

Jessica Wilson

Lincoln County

City: Waynesburg

College Preference: Eastern Kentucky University

Career Goals: Early Elementary Education

Talent: Musical Theatre (Pulled, by The Addams Family Musical)

Elise Hiegel

Louisville

City: Louisville

College Preference: University of Kentucky

Career Goals: Child Psychiatrist

Talent: Vocal (“When I Look at You”, by Miley Cyrus)

Kelly Miles

Marion County

City: Lebanon

College Preference: University of Kentucky

Career Goals: Attorney

Talent: Vocal Presentation (Make You Feel My Love, by Adele)

Bryce Gooding

Montgomery County

City: Mount Sterling

College Preference: University of Kentucky

Career Goals: Medicine

Talent: Vocal (“Never Enough” from The Greatest Showman , by )

Katelyn Peyton

Morgan County

City: West Liberty

College Preference: Morehead State University

Career Goals: Pediatric Dentistry

Talent: Vocal Performance (Hopelessly Devoted to You , by Olivia-Newton John )

Jordan Cross

Nelson County

City: Coxs Creek

College Preference: Bellarmine University

Career Goals: Physical Therapist

Talent: Vocal Performance (This is Amazing Grace, by Phil Wickham)

Claire Yates

Oldham County

City: Goshen

College Preference: University of Alabama

Career Goals: Entrepreneur-Owner of Gymnastics Training Facility

Talent: Gymnastics Routine (, by Jock Jams, Jackson Five, The Shadows)

Kathryn Bonney

Rowan County

City: Morehead

College Preference: Middlebury College

Career Goals: Museum Education Director

Talent: Piano (The Entertainer, by Scott Joplin)

Kaitlin Bishop

Shelby County

City: Shelbyville

College Preference: University of Louisville

Career Goals: Music Therapy

Talent: Singing (Danza Danza, by Durante)

Emily Schmieder

Simpson County

City: Franklin

College Preference: Belmont University

Career Goals: Music/Business major

Talent: Vocal & piano (“Defying Gravity" from the musical "Wicked", by Performed by Idina Menzel)

Elizabeth Sullivan

Taylor County

City: Campbellsville

College Preference: University of Kentucky

Career Goals: Defense Attorney

Talent: Instrumental (Toccata, by Aram Khatchaturian)

Emily Greenwell

Union County

City: Morganfield

College Preference: The American Musical and Dramatic Academy

Career Goals: Performer, Actress, Writer

Talent: Musical Theater Piece (“What Baking Can Do”, by Waitress)

Sydney Shrewsbury

Warren County

City: Bowling Green

College Preference: Western Kentucky University

Career Goals: Flight Attendant

Talent: Dance- Pointe (Despactio, by 2CELLOS)

Katherine Taylor

Washington County

City: Springfield

College Preference: University of Kentucky

Career Goals: Integrated Strategic Communications

Talent: Piano - Rhapsody Brilliante (Rhapsody Brilliante, by Melody Bober)

Rylei Roy

Webster County

City: Dixon

College Preference: Murray State University

Career Goals: Speech-Language Pathology

Talent: Character Dance (If My Friends Could See Me Now, by Christina Applegate from Sweet Charity)

Isabella Wolfe

Woodford County

City: Versailles

College Preference: University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music

Career Goals: Broadway Performer or Pediatrician

Talent: Vocal Performance (Journey to the Past, by Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty )

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