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 2018.

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Lauren Williams

Adair County

City: Columbia

College Preference: Western Kentucky University

Career Goals: Pharmacist

Talent: Piano Solo (Scherzo In D Minor , by Cornelius Gurlitt )

Kaleigh Shaw

Allen County

City: Scottsville

College Preference: University of Kentucky

Career Goals: Marketing Management

Talent: Vocal (Vienna, by Billy Joel)

Evan Kays

Anderson County

City: Lawrenceburg

College Preference: Morehead State University

Career Goals: Play soccer & Become a Pediatrician

Talent: Tap Dance ("Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen, by .)

Jessica Majors

Boyle County

City: Danville

College Preference: Belmont University, Samford University

Career Goals: Become a Social Entrepreneur

Talent: Musical Theatre (Forget About the Boy from Thoroughly Modern Millie, by .)

Marlene Michel

Bullitt County

City: Shepherdsvlle

College Preference: Berea College

Career Goals: Become a General doctor, specializing in Pediatric

Talent: Piano/Vocal (Amazing Grace, by John Newton)

Myla McGowan

Casey County

City: Liberty

College Preference: Eastern Kentucky University

Career Goals: Elementary School Teacher

Talent: Singing  (Coat of Many Colors, by Dolly Parton)

Taelor Duncan

Christian County

City: Hopkinsville

College Preference: University of Kentucky

Career Goals: Orthodontist

Talent: Original Dramatic Interp. (You Were Right Mom, by Taelor Duncan)

Caroline Handshoe

Clark County

City: Winchester

College Preference: George Washington University

Career Goals: Major in Criminology and a Minor in Literature

Talent: Vocal ("A Piece of Sky", by Barbra Streisand )

Madilyn Halwes

Fayette County

City: Lexington

College Preference: Vanderbilt University

Career Goals: Psychiatry

Talent: Violin Performance (Sonatina in G Major, Op. 100 Mvmt. II, by Antonin Dvorak)

Lauren Kiser

Frankfort

City: Frankfort

College Preference: Transylvania University

Career Goals: Orthodontist

Talent: Piano (River Flows in You, by Yiruma )

Tayler Judd

Green County

City: Greensburg

College Preference: University of Kentucky

Career Goals: Computer Science and Computer Engineering

Talent: Monologue to music 

Sophia Thompson

Hardin County

City: Elizabethtown

College Preference: Samford University

Career Goals: Kindergarten Teacher

Talent: Singing (What Baking Can Do, by Jessie Mueller)

Bailey Holmes

Henderson County

City: Henderson

College Preference: Vanderbilt University

Career Goals: Neonatologist

Talent: Piano/Vocal (Warrior, by Demi Lovato, Lindy Robbins, Emanuel Kiriakou, and Andrew Goldstein)

Alexia Trumbo

LaRue County

City: Hodgenville

College Preference: Valor Christian College

Career Goals: Worship Music

Talent: Singing  (O Mio Babbino Caro, by Puccini)

Madelyn Day

Lincoln County

City: Stanford

College Preference: University of Kentucky

Career Goals: Prosecuting attorney

Talent: Hip Hop Dance (Grown Woman, by BeyoncĂ©)

Katie Boggs

Louisville

City: Louisville

College Preference: Penn State University, Elon, Carnegie Mellon

Career Goals: Musical Theatre Major

Talent: Vocal (Think of Me, by Phantom of the Opera)

Leah Hazelwood

Marion County

City: Lebanon

College Preference: University of Chicago, University of Louisville

Career Goals: Civil Rights Attorney

Talent: Vocal Performance  (All That Jazz, by John Kander and Fred Ebb)

Karisma Keeton

Montgomery County

City: Mount Sterling

College Preference: Centre College

Career Goals: Civil Rights Attorney

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

Hannah Allen

Morgan County

City: West Liberty

College Preference: Morehead State University

Career Goals: Dermatologist

Talent: Monologue  (Wicked , by Winnie Holzman)

Ariel Becker

Nelson County

City: Coxs Creek

College Preference: Bellarmine University

Career Goals: Pediatric Oncologist

Talent: Original Poetry (Passionate, No Accident, by Ariel Becker)

Lydia Pack

Oldham County

City: Pewee Valley

College Preference: Smith College

Career Goals: Genetic Counselor

Talent: Original Slam Poetry 

Hathlyn Chapman

Rowan County

City: Morehead

College Preference: UNC Chapel Hill, University of Kentucky

Career Goals: Radiology

Talent: Lyrical Ballet (A Thousand Years, by Christina Perri)

Noelle Thompson

Shelby County

City: Simpsonville

College Preference: University of Louisville

Career Goals: Doctorate of Pharmacy/ Pharmacist

Talent: Vocal (I Want to be a Cowboy Sweetheart, by Patsy Montana)

Bailey Buckner

Simpson County

City: Franklin

College Preference: Western Kentucky University

Career Goals: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Talent: Painting (Forever, by Kari Jobe )

Lexi Raikes

Taylor County

City: Campbellsville

College Preference: University of Louisville

Career Goals: Environmental lawyer

Talent: Slam Poetry 

Lydia Humphries

Trigg County

City: Cadiz

College Preference: University of Kentucky

Career Goals: Nursing

Talent: Interpretive Song using ASL (You Make Me Brave, by Bethel)

Jamee French

Union County

City: Morganfield

College Preference: University of Kentucky

Career Goals: Broadcast Journalist

Talent: Theatrical Jazz Dance (Jailhouse Rock, by Elvis Presley)

Chapel Tinius

Warren County

City: Bowling Green

College Preference: Centre College

Career Goals: Nurse/Lawyer

Talent: Violin (Granuaile's Dance, by Mairead Nesbitt)

Sarah Downs

Washington County

City: Springfield

College Preference: Undecided

Career Goals: Dermatology

Talent: Piano Solo (Impromptu Opus 28, No. 3, by Hugo Reinhold)

Madelyn Mitchell

Webster County

City: Clay

College Preference: Murray State University

Career Goals: Biology/Chemistry

Talent: Humorous Monologue (Monologue from "Tomorrow's Wish", by Wade Bradford)

Turner Reynolds

Woodford County

City: Versailles

College Preference: Vanderbilt

Career Goals: U.S. Supreme Court Justice

Talent: Piano  (Prelude in G-minor, by Sergei Rachmaninoff)

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