Be Distinguished Blog

  • November 16, 2018
Sierra Knight is the Distinguished Young Woman of Texas for 2018. Check out her latest vlog entry here!

  • November 13, 2018
Gianna Rucki is the Distinguished Young Woman of Minnesota for 2018. Check out her latest entry in the #BeDistinguished vlog series by clicking the video above!

  • November 09, 2018
Simeon Saub is the Distinguished Young Woman of Nebraska for 2018. Check out her latest #BeDistinguished vlog by clicking the link above!

  • November 07, 2018
Aaryan Morrison is the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2018.

  • November 05, 2018
Isabelle Pope is back with her second #BeDistinguished vlog. Pope is the Distinguished Young Woman of Alaska for 2018. Hear what she has to say in her latest vlog, by clicking on the video above.

  • October 29, 2018
Lidia Balanovich is the Distinguished Young Woman of New Hampshire for 2018. Check out her latest vlog post by clicking on the link above!

  • October 22, 2018
Sierra Knight, the Distinguished Young Woman of Texas for 2018, is back with her second vlog: Keeping your goals in mind. Take a look at what she has to say by clicking on the video above!

  • October 18, 2018
Melanie Taylor is the Distinguished Young Woman of Michigan for 2018. Check out her second #BeDistinguished vlog entry by clicking on the video above!

  • October 17, 2018
Gianna Rucki is the Distinguished Young Woman of Minnesota for 2018. Check out her latest #BeDistinguished vlog entry above!

  • October 16, 2018
Megan Bizzell is the Distinguished Young Woman of New Mexico for 2018. Check out her latest #BeDistinguished vlog entry above!

  • October 12, 2018
Jessika Nanez, the Distinguished Young Woman of Oregon for 2018, is back with her second vlog entry! Check out her latest #BeDistinguished by clicking the video above!

  • October 10, 2018
Kennedy Miller is the Distinguished Young Woman of North Carolina for 2018. Check out her second #BeDistinguished vlog entry by clicking on the video above!

  • October 09, 2018
Jessica Yan is spending this year in Beijing. In her #BeDistinguished vlog this month she gives us a glimpse into a day in her life. Click on the video above to what the Distinguished Young Woman of ...

  • October 04, 2018
Simeon Saub, the Distinguished Young Woman of Nebraska for 2018, is back with her second #BeDistinguished vlog. Click on the video above to see what she has to say about Dance in College!

  • October 04, 2018
Aaryan Morrison, the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2018, is back with a new vlog about time management. Check out what she has to say in her #BeDistinguished entry by clicking on the video ...

  • October 01, 2018
The last introductory #BeDistinguished vlog is from Isabelle Pope, Distinguished Young Woman of Alaska. Get to know more about her by clicking on the video above!

  • September 28, 2018
Ashlyn Nichols, Distinguished Young Woman of Missouri, is today’s #BeDistinguished vlogger.   Learn more about the University of Mobile student by clicking on her video above.

  • September 27, 2018
Sierra Knight is the Distinguished Young Woman of Texas for 2018 and today’s #BeDistinguished vlogger! Check out what this University of South Alabama student has to say in her introductory vlog...

  • September 26, 2018
Melanie Taylor, the Distinguished Young Woman of Michigan for 2018, is the next up in the #BeDistinguished vlog series. Check out what she has to say by clicking on the video above!

  • September 25, 2018
Jessika Nanez is the Distinguished Young Woman of Oregon for 2018. Learn more about this University of Alabama student in her introductory #BeDistinguished vlog by clicking on the video above!

  • September 24, 2018
  Megan Bizzell is the Distinguished Young Woman of New Mexico for 2018 – and she’s up next in the #BeDistinguished vlog series! Learn more about this dynamic young lady by clicking ...

  • September 21, 2018
Gianna Rucki is the latest #BeDistinguished vlogger to hit our YouTube channel! Learn more about the Distinguished Young Woman of Minnesota by clicking on the video above!

  • September 19, 2018
Kennedy Miller tells us more about her in her introductory #BeDistinguished vlog. The Distinguished Young Woman for North Carolina for 2018 is a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel H...

  • September 18, 2018
Hannah Comfort, the Distinguished Young Woman of Maine for 2018, is up next in the #BeDistinguished vlog series. Click on the video to learn more about a Child Development and Education major at the U...

  • September 17, 2018
Madison Zumwalt is the Distinguished Young Woman of West Virginia for 2018.  A student at Webster University, she is working toward becoming a graphic designer and a choreographer/dancer. Learn more ...

  • September 14, 2018
Valencia Lagbo, the Distinguished Young Woman of Virginia for 2018, is next up in the #BeDistinguished series. Valencia, a student at the University of Virginia, is majoring in global, public and envi...

  • September 12, 2018
Jessica Yan, the Distinguished Young Woman of Arizona for 2018, is the next entry in the #BeDistinguished vlog series. Take a look at some interesting facts about her!

  • September 10, 2018
Lidia Balanovich, the Distinguished Young Woman of New Hampshire for 2018, is next up in the introductory #BeDistinguished vlog series! Lidia plans to become an Environmental Researcher. She is curren...

  • September 07, 2018
Simeon Saub, the Distinguished Young Woman of Nebraska for 2018, is the second up in our month of introductions to the #BeDistinguished vlog series. A student at the University of Alabama, Simeon has ...

  • September 05, 2018
Aaryan Morrison, the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2018, is a new student at Harvard University with a career goal of becoming a United Nations Development Program Administrator. Click on h...

  • May 31, 2018
By Peyton Wood, Distinguished Young Woman of Texas for 2017 Freshman year went by faster than I ever expected it to. It was full of ups and downs and twists and turns which made it difficult, but exci...

  • April 10, 2018
By: Mary Elizabeth Royce – DYW of Montana Thank You. Thank you, mom, who taught me to believe. Thank you, dad, who taught me to be strong. Thank you, teachers, who taught me to think. And thank ...

  • April 09, 2018
By: Peyton Wood, DYW of TX 2017   It’s in every teenage movie: girlfriends always go to the same college and stay together forever, being bridesmaids in each other’s weddings and gro...

  • March 19, 2018
By: Peyton Wood Distinguished Young Women of Texas 2017 Freshman year is full of club fairs, rush, and tons of fun activities, but overbooking yourself can be a recipe for disaster. It’s smart t...

  • March 15, 2018
By Kendyl Druffel “On the eighth day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, ‘I need a caretaker.’ So, God made a farmer.” This is the first line from a speech by Paul Harvey that ...

  • February 28, 2018
by Peyton Wood   Going into college, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to rush or pledge to a sorority. I knew I wanted a community of women in some capacity, but I wasn’t sure if I fit in with t...

  • February 26, 2018
by Skye Bork I vividly remember watching Legally Blonde for the first time and feeling instantly repelled by the perfectly pink sorority mansion and sisters that opened the movie. Growing up in a cult...

  • February 20, 2018
Fulfill Your Potential by: Madison Baumgartner “What are you going to college for?” “What do you plan to do after college?” Most of us have been asked these questions or have at least heard th...

  • February 19, 2018
by Haley Geiger In the first two weeks of my Spring semester, I went through the one thing a vast majority of freshman girls have been anticipating: Formal Sorority Recruitment. Though not as large of...

  • February 12, 2018
by Abigail Kunz Throughout my life, one of my greatest joys has been participating in various choirs. From early church chorus when I was young to my current collegiate ensemble, Music seems to have a...

  • February 07, 2018
by Neha Arora Although having a long Christmas break was very nice, it was great to get back in the swing of things at Emory. This Spring semester has already brought me new friends, unique experience...

  • January 31, 2018
by Susannah Cowley New Year’s Day is one of my favorite holidays as it provides us each with a fresh opportunity to renew, reevaluate, and resolve, however as we are each getting back into the swing...

  • January 29, 2018
by Neha Arora After a long, tiring, but amazing semester at Emory, I came home to my lovely family and enjoyed Christmas vacation with them. From a Saints football game to a New Jersey family trip, th...

  • January 26, 2018
by Quinn Busch When I was in 4th grade I was diagnosed with a cognitive disorder with Aspergers symptoms, placing me on the autism spectrum. This diagnosis came with many  problems and cognitive iss...

  • January 24, 2018
by Peyton Wood Wow, is it already January? A year ago, on January 15th, 2017, I was astonished to hear my name called as the Distinguished Young Woman of Texas for 2017. I legitimately gasped, I was s...

  • January 22, 2018
by Madison Baumgartner The seven wonders of the world are nothing less than incredible. From the Great Wall of China to the Taj Mahal in India, our world has so much to discover. I have had the privil...

  • January 19, 2018
by Kendyl Druffel One of my favorite quotes is, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” I believe that this quote should be present in everyone’s every day life, because if you are not wi...

  • January 18, 2018
By Skye Bork Hardly a morning person, my 6:30 am alarm was met by an automatic snooze. Yet remembering the busy day ahead, I leapt out of bed and quickly began my morning rituals. I would be spending ...

  • January 10, 2018
by Haley Geiger I still remember my state competition last February, a day that doesn’t seem nearly as far away as it is. The rehearsals, interviews, competition, and awards ceremony all went by in ...

  • January 03, 2018
by Susannah Cowley My favorite part of the holiday season is the lights.  I love how the whole world seems to light up even when it’s night.  Streets and rooms that once seemed to be dark all ...

  • December 21, 2017
by Peyton Wood College is already hard academically, so adding on a social life can make it more enjoyable, but can also add more pressure. As an introvert, I see life a little differently. I assume t...

  • December 19, 2017
by Madison Baumgartner Happy Holidays! It is now that time of the year to pop in a Hallmark movie and relax with some fuzzy socks by a fireplace. This has always been my favorite season and I absolute...

  • December 14, 2017
by Kendyl Druffel “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is signing loud for all to hear!” -Buddy the Elf. From watching movies, to making cookies, and listening to Christmas music, the holiday s...

  • December 12, 2017
by Haley Geiger Dear Little Haley, First off, let’s get the basics out of the way. Lesson number one: life’s not fair, and the sooner you realize that the happier you’ll be. Lesson two: you will...

  • December 07, 2017
by Neha Arora From midterms to airplane flights to big Thanksgiving meals, November has been filled with exciting adventures. It is hard to believe that my first semester of freshman year is coming to...

  • December 05, 2017
by Skye Bork As the dancers began moving and the music’s first notes rang clear, I realized just how much I missed the stage. Used to performing monthly during high school, spending my first semeste...

  • November 30, 2017
by Haley Geiger If there’s one thing that comes to mind when you think of the wonderful young ladies that compete in Distinguished Young Women, it’s intelligence. From Ivy League scholars to publi...

  • November 29, 2017
by Kendyl Druffel  Almost every day when I was little my parents would tell me, “be thankful for the little things in life.” As a child I always took this wise piece of advice for granted, until ...

  • November 22, 2017
by Susannah Cowley Ever since I was a little girl I was taught by my parents “remember to say please and thank you!”  Whether going to a friend’s house for a playdate, walking out the door for ...

  • November 20, 2017
By Peyton Wood   As my first semester at Baylor University winds down with finals only a month away, I’m sitting back and thinking about how I got to where I am. I remember in 6th grade tel...

  • November 16, 2017
by Neha Arora November: time to be thankful! Emory has been treating me well so far, and I have enjoyed meeting new people and learning in my classes, so thank you Emory! I am very lucky to be where I...

  • November 14, 2017
by Quinn Busch Sunday, October 1, is a day that I will not forget. I was sitting in my room with my roommate Kodi, and we kept hearing sirens going past outside. Neither of us really thought anything ...

  • November 08, 2017
by Madison Baumgartner College is stressful. College is amazing. College is life changing. I never really knew what to expect heading off to college. So many people had their own experiences and advic...

  • November 06, 2017
by Skye Bork College felt like summer camp. Attending clubs fairs and signing up for classes, it was just like choosing a sport or arts and crafts session on a carefree summer day as a kid. From stude...

  • November 02, 2017
by Abigail Kunz The Freshman Secret to Success Freshman year of college is all about new experiences: roommates, cooking, time management, and hard classes. It can seem overwhelming at times, but I’...

  • October 30, 2017
Name: Peyton Wood Age: 18 Hometown: Houston, Texas College: Baylor University Major: BFA Theatre Performance   Favorite TV show: The Office Favorite movie: Now You See Me Favorite Christmas/holid...

  • October 27, 2017
Name: Mara Senecal-Albrecht Age: 19 Hometown: South Burlington, Vermont College: Connecticut College Major: Dance and International Relations   Favorite food: Mangoes and raspberries Favorite TV show...

  • October 26, 2017
  Name: Abigail Kunz Age: 19 Hometown: Rigby, Idaho College: Brigham Young University Major: Early Childhood Education, Music Minor     Favorite food: Caramel rice cakes, you can eat them with ...

  • October 25, 2017
Name: Haley Geiger Age: 18 Hometown: Ridgeley, WV College: West Virginia University Major: General Business, Minor in Theatre   Favorite food Any and every type of pasta!   Favorite TV show ...

  • October 23, 2017
Name: Kendyl Druffel         Age: 18 Hometown: Colton, Washington College: Oregon State University Major: Pre-Business     Favorite food:  My mom’s homemade cheesecake! Favorite TV show: ...

  • October 20, 2017
Name: Susannah Cowley Age: 17 (I will finally be 18 by the time this is published!) Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona College: Brigham Young University Major: Spanish on the Pre-Dental track Minor: Music &nb...

  • October 16, 2017
Name: Quinn Busch Age: 18 Hometown: Milwaukie, Oregon College: University of Nevada Las Vegas Major: Chemistry pre-med with a minor in gender and sexuality     Favorite food: Gluten Free Mac...

  • October 12, 2017
Hi everyone! My name is Jaymie Bianca and I am the Distinguished Young Woman of Connecticut for 2017! I am currently an eighteen-year-old freshman at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and orig...

  • October 09, 2017
Name: Madison Baumgartner Age: 18 Hometown: Bismarck, North Dakota College: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Major: Animal Science with a Pre-Vet emphasis   Favorite food: potatoes: fries, hash br...

  • October 06, 2017
Name: Neha Arora Age: 18 Hometown: Madison, Mississippi College: Emory University Major: Chemistry, Pre-Med   Favorite food: Popcorn Favorite TV show: Grey’s Anatomy Favorite movie: Princess Di...

  • October 02, 2017
Name: Skye Bork Age: 18 Hometown: Washington, DC College: Columbia University Major: Economics and Math Major   Favorite food: Any kind of pasta! I love basil pesto and spicy marinara sauces. My ...

  • June 29, 2017
Samina Abdullah, Iowa Although I didn’t love having to hit the snooze button at 5:45 a.m., I did have a lot of fun at my radio interview this morning on the one and only Uncle Henry show.  My roomm...

  • June 29, 2017
Susannah Cowley, Arizona It’s hard to believe it has been more than a week since our arrival here in Mobile! Ever since we as Distinguished Young Women set foot off our flights and were welcomed b...

  • June 26, 2017
Mary Elizabeth Royce, Montana Tic. Tic. Tic. Tic. The alarm clock beeps us awake. It’s 6:20 AM and my roommate Rachel and I hop out of bed, immediately shuffling over to the kitchen where the aroma ...

  • June 26, 2017
Maddie Lukomski, South Dakota Hey Diary, I’m not typically one for journaling, but I felt grateful for this opportunity to put my thoughts into written word since that’s what I love most about li...

  • June 22, 2017
My Sweet Journal, I’m currently writing this next to a giraffe. My host home is beyond amazing, and one of the many perks of staying in the Greene’s kind company is spending time with their giant ...

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