Be Distinguished Blog

  • February 20, 2017
by Kendell Carlson History was made Sunday, February 5th 2017, and while I have no claim at being a sports writer, I find the story of the 51st Super Bowl to be truly inspiring. Yes, the Patriots were...

  • February 13, 2017
by Tara Moore Oh how I enjoyed traveling back to Mobile, AL for the Senior Bowl! Even though Reese’s cups have always been my favorite, the chocolate wasn’t the only highlight of this amazing trip...

  • February 06, 2017
by Cheyenne Mathews Every person on Earth has had a relationship, and by relationship I don’t just mean someone you date. We interact with people we have relationships with everyday; whether it be f...

  • January 30, 2017
by Madeleine Arnold Happy 2017 to you very distinguished people!  I hope your year is off to a fabulous start!  Signs of the new year seem to be everywhere!  For me, some include a miraculous newfo...

  • January 23, 2017
by Kyla Hull I was the first born in my family, the “mom” of all my friends, and the one that all of the little girls at the dance studio looked up to. I had always been a leader, head strong, rel...

  • January 16, 2017
by Sophia Hadeka It’s 2017! As always, the new year empowers many people to set resolutions and “be ambitious”. However, being ambitious is part of being your best self year round. The best way ...

  • January 09, 2017
by Tara Moore Wow, I can’t believe it is officially 2017! As the year 2016 and my Christmas break come to a close, I can’t help but look back and appreciate the many blessings and opportunities I...

  • January 02, 2017
by Cheyenne Mathews Growing up as a girl, it is important be provided with strong female role models and examples of the kind of woman they could become, and there is no better way to do this than thr...

  • December 29, 2016
by Mallory Nielsen My first term at Drexel University is now behind me and finally have some time to catch my breath and look back on what a life changing experience these past 10 weeks have been. I...

  • December 27, 2016
by Kyla Hull There seems to be this stigma about college that you have to go out every night and party to have fun, but this is NOT the case! My friends and I have made so many incredible memories fro...

  • December 22, 2016
by Tara Moore As finals are approaching, I am definitely feeling the stress of college life. However, one thing I always remember is that God would never give me something that I can’t handle. I bel...

  • December 20, 2016
by Sophia Hadeka My favorite aspect of Be Your Best Self is “be involved.” In the busy world we live in, it’s easy to say that we don’t have time to give back to our communities or pursue our ...

  • December 15, 2016
by Madeleine Arnold They say there is only one constant in life, and that’s change.  I don’t know who they are, but I’d say they are mostly right.  Life is ever-changing, and that is the w...

  • December 13, 2016
by Kendell Carlson               A close friend of mine once told me that everyone’s a collector, and someone who claims they aren’t is someone who doesn’t yet realize what they’re ...

  • December 06, 2016
by Tiffany Lu Do things you really love and not for anyone or any other reason. This is probably one of the most important lessons I wish I knew before high school. I did so many activities either ou...

  • November 29, 2016
by Cheyenne Mathews The DYW platform of Be Your Best Self has several planks: Be Healthy, Ambitious, Involved, Responsible, and Studious. Today I think it is important to talk about what it means to b...

  • November 24, 2016
by Kendell Carlson Nothing can truly prepare you for college. Yes, you can talk to your college friends for helpful hints on what to do (or what not to do); you can even host a sleepover with a comple...

  • November 22, 2016
by Sophia Hadeka As a freshman at Ithaca College, I’ve had some time to reflect on the crazy, amazing time that is senior year. While the experience is different for everyone, these are some tips I ...

  • November 17, 2016
by Madeleine Arnold It’s mid-November and you know what that means: THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS UPON US.  Next up?  Thanksgiving!  Thanksgiving to me means good food with good company.  It’s about b...

  • November 15, 2016
by Kyla Hull Selecting a random roommate isn’t always a recipe for disaster. Actually it can be pretty amazing, which is what happened in my case! My mom actually had to do my housing for me because...

  • November 08, 2016
Although I love Clemson University with all my heart, there is no doubt I am ready for Thanksgiving break! One of the things I have learned from my time here at Clemson is that you don’t get much sl...

  • October 28, 2016
Name: Kendell Carlson Age: 18 Hometown : Ridgefield, Connecticut  College: Texas A&M University   Major: Psychology   What is your favorite food? Beef straganoff and lima beans What is your...

  • October 26, 2016
Name: Mallory Nielsen  Age: 18 Hometown : Lewes, Delaware   College: Drexel University  Major: Interior Design  What is your favorite food? Fettuccine Alfredo What is your favorite TV show? F...

  • October 24, 2016
Name: Tiffany Lu Age: 17 Hometown : Westford, Massachusetts  College: Carnegie Mellon University Major: Business What is your favorite food? Peanut Butter What is your favorite TV show? Grey’...

  • October 21, 2016
Name: Sophia Hadeka  Age: 18 Hometown : Fair Haven, Vermont College: Ithaca College Major: Integrated Marketing Communications What is your favorite food? Pad Thai What is your favorite TV show? Bo...

  • October 19, 2016
Name: Madeleine Arnold Age: 18 Hometown : Highland, Utah College: Brigam Young University  Major: Biology What is your favorite food?  My mom makes the BEST homemade raspberry ice cream.  Nothing...

  • October 17, 2016
Name: Kyla Hull Age: 18 Hometown : Forest, Virginia College: George Mason University Major: BFA in Dance What is your favorite food? Acai Bowls What is your favorite movie? The Breakfast Club and all...

  • October 14, 2016
Name: Kennedy Ho Age: 18 Hometown : Portland, Oregon  College: Chapman University   Major:Communication Studies  Minor: Double minor in Public Relations and Dance What is your favorite food? Hot...

  • October 12, 2016
Name: Cheyenne Matthews Age: 18 Hometown : Ketchikan, Alaska College: University of Alaska Anchorage  Major: Journalism Minor: Political Science What is your favorite food? Chocolate What is your f...

  • October 10, 2016
Name: Tara Moore Age: 18 Hometown : Easley, South Carolina College: Clemson University  Major: Biological Sciences  What is Your Favorite Food? Chick-Fil-A Nuggets What is your favorite TV show?...

  • June 01, 2016
By Máire Nakada Distinguished Young Woman of America 2015 I can not believe that my year as the the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2015 has gone by so quickly. In a little under a month a n...

  • May 18, 2016
By Madi Beumee Distinguished Young Woman of New Jersey for 2015   How DYW Truly Taught Me to “Be My Best Self”: 1. Be Brave. Hopping on a plane and traveling to Mobile, Alabama defi...

  • May 18, 2016
By Whitney Eversole Distinguished Young Woman of Utah for 2015 The word “goodbye” is by far my least favorite term in the entire English language. Really, think about it. There is never a happy mo...

  • May 17, 2016
By Claire Coder Distinguished Young Woman of Ohio for 2015 Wabi-sabi (Japanese) – A way of living that focuses on finding beauty in the imperfections of life and accepting peacefully the imperma...

  • May 09, 2016
By Máire Nakada Distinguished Young Woman of America 2015 This past week was national Be Your Best Self Week and holy moly was it a good one. I was so proud of all of the Distinguished Young Women wh...

  • April 29, 2016
By Tianzhen Nie Distinguished Young Woman of Hawaii for 2015 As Be Your Best Self week comes to a close, I’ve been thinking a lot, not only on how to make College the best four years of my life, but...

  • April 20, 2016
By Claire Coder Distinguished Young Woman of Ohio for 2015 The warranty is up. The insurance does not cover it. The “find my iPhone” is not set up. The world is ending. Just two days ago I went th...

  • April 20, 2016
By Máire Nakada Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2015 It may sound strange to some people, but I have a habit of saying the things I am thankful for out loud when I am on my own. Last week I ...

  • April 13, 2016
By Whitney Eversole Distinguished Young Woman of Utah for 2015 Distinguished Girl’s Guide to the Internet from Whitney Eversole on Vimeo. Whitney Eversole is a college freshman at Utah State Uni...

  • April 13, 2016
By Madi Beumee Distinguished Young Woman of New Jersey for 2015     As I wrap up my first year of college, I’ve realized all the invaluable lessons I’ve learned in just nine mont...

  • April 10, 2016
By Kaylyn Taylor Distinguished Young Woman of Nevada for 2015 So you guys all know me that my inspirations for these blog posts are always a musical theatre song! So today it based on the song “Spri...

  • March 28, 2016
By Claire Coder Distinguished Young Woman of Ohio for 2015     I started my first business at age seven. Just like many other kiddos, I knew I was going to make millions selling lemonade. To...

  • March 23, 2016
By Tianzhen Nie Distingished Young Woman of Hawaii for 2015     1. Studying:  If you’re reading this blog and/or have some connection to the Distinguished Young Women program, chances are...

  • March 11, 2016
By Madi Beumee  Distinguished Young Woman of New Jersey for 2015     As I spend my last official week as the Distinguished Young Woman of New Jersey, I’ve started to look back on my exper...

  • March 09, 2016
By Whitney Eversole Distinguished Young Woman of Utah for 2015     Patriotism and America’s well being have been at the forefront of my mind for the last few weeks, as I have listened to p...

  • March 02, 2016
By Máire Nakada Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2015     “You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress.” How many of us are unhappy with who we see in the mi...

  • February 29, 2016
By Kaylyn Taylor   Distinguished Young Woman of Nevada for 2015       *sniff sniff * Do you smell that? It’s BACHELOR season!! With this wonderful sappy season upon us, I tho...

  • February 29, 2016
By Tianzhen Nie   Distinguished Young Woman of Hawaii for 2015     Like many other cynical millenials of my generation, I don’t generally do New Years Resolutions.  Overarching life ...

  • February 15, 2016
By Claire Coder Distinguished Young Woman of Ohio for 2015     As a person fresh out of high school WITHOUT a meal plan, I have been forced to fend for myself. It was not an easy transition ...

  • February 11, 2016
By Máire Nakada Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2015     I’ve been meaning to write about this particular topic for some time now but I’ve always put it off because I wasn’t ...

  • February 11, 2016
By Whitney Eversole Distinguished Young Woman of Utah for 2015     I was 15 years old, and I didn’t have a Valentine. I was convinced my life was over. No, seriously. I wandered my house t...

  • February 11, 2016
By Madi Beumee Distinguished Young Woman of New Jersey for 2015     As the rush of the second semester is in full swing, dining hall food can start to feel repetitive and boring. Beat the di...

  • February 03, 2016
By Kaylyn Taylor Distinguished Young Woman of Nevada for 2015     Happy February to all of my amazing, distinguished friends! I saw this meme on the Internet today and I thought it was so sa...

  • January 29, 2016
By Tianzhen Nie Distinguished Young Woman of Hawaii for 2015     1. How did I get here?     Growing up in one of the worst public school systems in the nation, I was pretty sure I...

  • January 27, 2016
By Jordan Snyder Distinguished Young Woman of Wyoming for 2015 The beginning of the semester is underway, the syllabus is out, the books are bought and classes are in full swing. If you’re anything ...

  • January 20, 2016
By Claire Coder Distinguished Young Woman of Ohio for 2015     Four laps around a standard track equates to a mile. Four quarters in a school year equates to one step closer. For me, as a ru...

  • January 15, 2016
By Máire Nakada Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2015   Wow. Going home to Alaska was such a great feeling. I didn’t realize just how much I had missed my good friends, family, and of ...

  • January 13, 2016
By Whitney Eversole Distinguished Young Woman of Utah for 2015   Alright ladies, let’s talk. First of all, I am convinced Utah’s DYW program is the best in the country (though I may be just a...

  • January 13, 2016
By Madi Beumee Distinguished Young Woman of New Jersey for 2015   Here we are once again, the start of a brand new year. I love how ambitious everyone is at the start of the year, but that ambiti...

  • January 11, 2016
By Kaylyn Taylor Distinguished Young Woman of Nevada for 2015 Cheers to a New Year! One thing that 2015 has given me was great friends, and a new year allows for time of reflection and I would love to...

  • December 17, 2015
By Madi Beumee Distinguished Young Woman of New Jersey  for 2015   Need a new show to watch during your winter break this holiday season? Look no further, take this quiz to discover what new sho...

  • December 10, 2015
By Claire Coder Distinguished Young Woman of Ohio for 2015   I wonder: Why aren’t the Hippos Hungry? Where is the Ladder to every Chute? Why isn’t there Candy is in this Land? Board games are...

  • December 09, 2015
By Kaylyn Taylor Distinguished Young Woman of Nevada   Hello my beautiful distinguished friends! So good news…I saw a dog today! Oh my lanta. This month has just been absolutely fantastic! It s...

  • December 03, 2015
By Máire Nakada Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2015   As the first semester of my freshman year at the University of South Alabama comes to an end, I’ve come to realize that I’ve l...

  • November 23, 2015
By Máire Nakada  Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2015 We started the beginning of Veteran’s Day Week with the Flag’s of Glory event on Sunday where I was scheduled to give a short speec...

  • November 20, 2015
By Whitney Eversole Distinguished Young Woman of Utah for 2015   The Smell of Freedom   Freedom stinks. Allow me to explain. When I was four years old, I made my first visit to the submarine U.S...

  • November 19, 2015
By Claire Coder Distinguished Young Woman of Ohio for 2015   Claire Coder here. For November’s content, I decided to make a quiz for people to take to see which of the Top 10 Distinguished ...

  • November 12, 2015
Name: Tianzhen Nie Age: 18 Hometown : Honolulu, Hawaii College: University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill Major: Environmental Studies Minors: Chinese and possibly Entrepreneurship What is your fav...

  • November 12, 2015
By Madi Beumee Distinguished Young Woman of New Jersey for 2015   6 Ways to Ace the College Application Process It seems like just yesterday I was looking at and applying to colleges. Never did I...

  • October 29, 2015
Name: Kaylyn Taylor Age: 18 Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada College: Utah State University Major: Vocal Performance Major, and double minoring with a BA in theatre, and in marketing. What is your favorite...

  • October 27, 2015
Name: Madi Beumee Age: 18 Hometown: Denville, NJ College: Syracuse University Major: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater What is your favorite food? Shrimp Tempura Roll What is your favorite TV s...

  • October 22, 2015
Name: Claire Coder Age: 18 Hometown: Toledo, Ohio College: The Ohio State University Major: Comparative Religious Studies, Spanish (minor) What is your favorite time of year? Right NOW (Fall) What is ...

  • October 20, 2015
Name: Jordan Snyder Age: 18 Hometown : Buffalo, Wyoming College: Gonzaga University Major: I am majoring in nursing with a minor in psychology and physiology. What is your favorite food? My favorite ...

  • October 19, 2015
Hey everybody! I’m Whitney, and I am SO pumped to be a part of this blog throughout this year, and to share with you a little bit of my life experience and wisdom (which I clearly have so much o...

  • October 15, 2015
Name: Máire Nakada Age: 18 Hometown: Anchorage, AK College: University of South Alabama Major: Nursing and Chemistry What is your favorite Olympic Sport?  Gymnastics What is your favorite Christmas ...

  • April 27, 2015
By Abbie Hebron Distinguished Young Woman of Missouri for 2014   As I was browsing through Pinterest the other night, I came upon this quote from Steve Maraboli- “As I look back on my life, I r...

  • March 31, 2015
By Jacqueline Wibowo Distinguished Young Woman of California for 2014   A couple days ago, admission results for my school came out. It was strange to think that exactly a year ago, I’d gotten ...

  • March 27, 2015
By Brooke Rucker Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2014   I’ve always had a love for history, simply because it gives us so much insight on why things are the way they are today and how ...

  • March 23, 2015
By Abbie Hebron Distinguished Young Woman of Missouri for 2014   About two months ago, on January 13 to be exact, my life was completely changed. I woke up that morning as Auntie Abbie. My older ...

  • February 10, 2015
By Abbie Hebron Distinguished Young Woman of Missouri for 2014   We live in a growing feminist world, which to many women is encouraging. Being a feminist, though, does not mean that you have to ...

  • January 30, 2015
By Natalie Palmquist Distinguished Young Woman of Wyoming for 2014   Distinguished Young Women has been a blessing from the beginning. I enjoyed every second I spent with the state and national p...

  • January 29, 2015
By Brooke Rucker Distinguished Young Woman of Georgia and the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2014   Life has a way of throwing curve balls at you. The one it threw at me happened to be ...

  • January 27, 2015
By Astha Berry Distinguished Young Woman of Wisconsin for 2014   Sometimes we become incredibly focused on other people – I know that I do. I’ve always been an extrovert and always will be ...

  • January 20, 2015
By Alex Grady Distinguished Young Woman of Iowa for 2014   When the clock strikes midnight on December 31, we begin to hear (and see on social media) people use the phrase “New Year, New Me!”...

  • January 09, 2015
By Amy Liu Distinguished Young Woman of New Jersey for 2014   This year, along with basically everyone else, one of my New Year’s resolutions is to eat better. While I don’t really eat terrib...

  • January 08, 2015
By Abbie Hebron  Distinguished Young Woman of Missouri for 2014   “Practice makes perfect.” Does this phrase, although uttered quite frequently in our society, have any truth behind it? How ...

  • January 07, 2015
Name: Natalie Palmquist   Age: 19   Hometown:Moran, WY   College: Auburn University   Major: Civil Engineering   What is your favorite food? Steak and mashed potatoes! I could...

  • December 19, 2014
By Astha Berry Distinguished Young Woman of Wisconsin for 2014 Why are you reading this? Are you procrastinating? Avoiding that final project? Trying to ignore the fact that your exams are just around...

  • December 12, 2014
By Alex Grady Distinguished Young Woman of Iowa for 2014 We’re all hitting the point in our school year where we’re either taking end of semester finals or big tests before winter break. The stres...

  • December 10, 2014
By Jacqueline Wibowo Distinguished Young Woman of California for 2014   This week marks the end of my first quarter of college, but the idea that I am now a full time college student is still har...

  • December 08, 2014
By Astha Berry Distinguished Young Woman of Wisconsin for 2014   On a dark and probably freezing day in snowy suburbia in Wisconsin, there sat a girl contemplating how to handle moving to the hea...

  • December 05, 2014
By Amy Liu Distinguished Young Woman of New Jersey for 2014 Oh, the holidays. Based on some meticulous and highly scientific fieldwork, I’ve concluded that December is basically fair game for everyt...

  • December 04, 2014
By Alex Grady Distinguished Young Woman of Iowa for 2014   You step onto the Quad for your first day of class. You have your schedule in your hand and you’re trying hard not to be “that fresh...

  • December 04, 2014
By Abbie Hebron Distinguished Young Woman of Missouri for 2014   It is getting pretty late, and you have been studying for a test, finalizing a project, or practicing a presentation for over thre...

  • December 03, 2014
By Madeline Powell Distinguished Young Woman of Alabama for 2014    “What if?” is the best and worst question to ask yourself. What if you had taken that chance? Or what if you had never tak...

  • December 02, 2014
Name: Astha Berry   Age: 18 Hometown: Franklin, Wisconsin College: Johns Hopkins University Major: Neuroscience and Writing Seminars What is your favorite TV show? The Ellen DeGeneres Show What...

  • November 18, 2014
By Josie Lydick Distinguished Young Woman of New Hampshire for 2014 Hey There! I know with the holiday season just around the corner everyone is wondering what to put on their Black Friday shopping li...

  • November 18, 2014
By Amy Liu Distinguished Young Woman of New Jersey for 2014   Sometimes, I get ahead of myself. But doesn’t everybody? I remember in high school walking in on a Monday morning already feeling o...

  • November 12, 2014
By Abbie Hebron Distinguished Young Woman of Missouri for 2014 Whenever the word “Thanksgiving” comes to mind, we all obviously think of “giving thanks” for everything in our lives. So many ti...

  • November 03, 2014
Name: Alex Grady     Age: 18  Hometown: Iowa City, Iowa  College: The University of Alabama Major: Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Early Childhood Education What is your fa...

  • October 29, 2014
Name: Josie Lydick     Age: 18   Hometown:Derry, NH   College: Clarkson University   Major: Psychology   What is your favorite food? My favorite food by far is waffles. I love to...

  • October 27, 2014
Name: Amy Liu    Age: 18   Hometown:Princeton, NJ   College: Princeton University   Major: Chemical Engineering   What is your favorite TV show? Friends. It’s just a classic, a...

  • October 24, 2014
Name: Abbie Hebron  Age: 18 Hometown:O’Fallon, Missouri College: Missouri State University Major: Dietetics What is your favorite TV show? I would watch Big Bang Theory all day long if I c...

  • October 22, 2014
Name: Nicolette Young  Age:18 Hometown: Las Cruces, NM College: University of New Mexico Major: International Business What is your favorite food? Sushi What is your favorite TV show? Modern Fami...

  • October 20, 2014
Name: Madeline Powell     Age: 18 Hometown: Birmingham, AL College: University of Alabama Major: Biology, Pre-Med   What is your favorite food? I love anything chocolate that will satisfy my en...

  • October 17, 2014
Name: Jacqueline Wibowo Age: 18 Hometown:San Diego, California College: Stanford University Major: Undeclared, Music Minor What is your favorite food? Lobster What is your favorite movie? Ti...

  • October 09, 2014
  Name: Brooke Rucker         Age: 18 Hometown:Cartersville, GA College: Florida State University  Major: Dance   What is your favorite food? Chinese What is your favorite TV show? Sw...

  • May 21, 2014
By Mackenzie Ross Distinguished Young Woman of Mississippi for 2013   We live in a technological world. Literally. I don’t just mean we have technology; I mean we are dependent on technology. T...

  • May 21, 2014
By Sarah Fuller Distinguished Young Woman of Pennsylvania for 2013   Slow down. Please. And notice the small things. College is teaching me a lot.  I’m learning about my interests.  IR...

  • April 23, 2014
    By Katie Wilkinson Distinguished Young Woman of Arizona for 2013 I believe that as little girls we all have role models that we look up to and wish to someday be like. My hero was distin...

  • April 21, 2014
  By Mackenzie Ross Distinguished Young Woman of Mississippi for 2013 It’s that time of year again!!!!  April 21-25 is National Be Your Best Self Week, and all across the country Distinguished...

  • April 07, 2014
Last year, I presented the Be Your Best Self program to 352 young children, and each presentation ended with them cheering this phrase. I gave them examples of how they could be their best selves, I ...

  • March 31, 2014
By Brittany Churchill Distinguished Young Woman of Massachusetts for 2013 Sweep Streets. These two words are now of the most empowering pair in my vocabulary. As the Secretary of the Student Governme...

  • March 27, 2014
By Maddy Miller Distinguished Young Woman of Nebraska for 2013   The picture and quote seen to the right has been a favorite of mine as it has been very relatable. In my high school years, I wou...

  • March 20, 2014
By Mackenzie Ross Distinguished Young Woman of Mississippi for 2013 “And the new Distinguished Young Woman is…Mackenzie Ross!” When I heard these words at my local program, I could not believe ...

  • March 11, 2014
By Sarah Fuller Distinguished Young Woman of Pennsylvania for 2013   To the young woman who is searching, When I was in elementary school, we’d occasionally have college students return t...

  • March 10, 2014
By Janessa Palmer Distinguished Young Woman of Minnesota for 2013 Back in high school all I was waiting for was to get out of my hometown. I was so ready to graduate, shed the cap and gown, and be ...

  • March 06, 2014
Name: Julia Shappert Age: 19 Hometown: Commercial Point, Ohio College: Huntingdon College Major: Mathematics w/ Secondary Certification What is your favorite food? Turkey and chicken salad wraps, fi...

  • March 05, 2014
By Maddy Miller Distinguished Young Woman of Nebraska for 2013 Do you ever have those moments when you feel so stressed out with your daily tasks that your head is spinning? You have classes, homework...

  • February 25, 2014
By Anna Hiran Distinguished Young Woman of Texas for 2013 In my previous blog post, I made a promise and said that I would finish my first half marathon no matter how long it would take. On February ...

  • February 21, 2014
By Mackenzie Ross Distinguished Young Woman of Mississippi for 2013 Today as I was studying for my upcoming biology test, I realized this: our bodies are amazing.  Literally.  Every day we put our...

  • February 20, 2014
By Jean Elizabeth Miles Distinguished Young Woman of Alabama for 2013     As a freshman in college, the first question asked by all adults following the traditional, “How’s college?” and, “W...

  • February 19, 2014
By Brittany Churchill Distinguished Young Woman of Massachusetts for 2013 In this month dedicated to the celebration of love, I’m reminded of the 5 love languages. If you’ve never heard of them, n...

  • February 14, 2014
By Alexandra Hochstetler Distinguished Young Woman of Indiana for 2013     I know on my old bio sheets it said my favorite book was The Mists of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley. However, when consi...

  • February 12, 2014
By Sarah Fuller Distinguished Young Woman of Pennsylvania for 2013 With the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics just around the corner, a vivid image of the Olympic flame comes to mind.  T...

  • February 12, 2014
By Rachel Ruth Tunney Distinguished Young Woman of South Carolina for 2013 Auburn University is a beautiful college, centered on beautiful tradition and attended by beautiful minds. One of its most el...

  • February 11, 2014
By Janessa Palmer Distinguished Young Woman of Minnesota for 2013   Something I hear of incredibly often is gender stereotypes. Many of us were raised, either by our parents or by the characters show...

  • February 05, 2014
By Brianna Bracey Distinguished Young Woman of Utah for 2013 One of my family’s favorite movies is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The beloved children’s story is a classic I distinctly remembe...

  • February 05, 2014
By Katelyn Pyfer Distinguished Young Woman of Colorado for 2013 Life sucks sometimes.  It really does.  And in the moments that life sucks, I can bet that you’re not feeling super great about your...

  • February 04, 2014
By Ciera Horton Distinguished Young Woman of Florida for 2013     -30 degree wind chill.          As a Floridian, I could not even fathom how cold the weather was going to be when I walked o...

  • February 04, 2014
By Nicole Renard Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2013 As promised, here is a little taste of my experience with Filippo Milone. One of the nights I was in Mobile, Megan and I were invited to...

  • February 03, 2014
By Nicole Renard Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2013 Right when I got home from the Distinguished Young Women of Alabama program in Montgomery, I did a quick turn around to go to a welcome r...

  • February 03, 2014
By Maddy Miller Distinguished Young Woman of Nebraska for 2013 Whatever you plan to do in life, you will probably have to do a million of these: Interviews! When I did my interview for Nebraska’s Di...

  • January 30, 2014
By Natalie Stoker Distinguished Young Woman of Idaho for 2013 My first semester at college has been full of unforgettable memories and experiences. I met so many new people, worked harder in classes t...

  • January 30, 2014
By Jean Elizabeth Miles Distinguished Young Woman of Alabama for 2013     A wise person once said, “All good things must come to an end.” While I wish this statement wasn’t true, the older I b...

  • January 29, 2014
By Anna Hiran Distinguished Young Woman of Texas for 2013     I wasn’t born a runner. I’m not blessed with mile-long legs that most marathon runners have. But that doesn’t mean I can’t run. ...

  • January 29, 2014
By Nicole Renard Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2013 On January 12, Megan and I flew out to Washington, D.C. When I found out she had lived there for 8 years I knew I would be in for a treat...

  • January 28, 2014
By Nicole Renard Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2013 It seemed like the fireworks just went off on New Years Eve as my plane took off for Mobile, Alabama. Before the ball had a chance to dro...

  • January 28, 2014
By Ling Zeng Distinguished Young Woman of California for 2013 Someone once told me to imagine life as a game in which you are juggling five balls in the air. Those balls are work, family, health, frie...

  • January 28, 2014
By Mackenzie Ross Distinguished Young Woman of Mississippi for 2013     It was going to be an awesome weekend.  I was headed to the 2014 Distinguished Young Women of Alabama competition, and I coul...

  • January 27, 2014
By Brittany Churchill Distinguished Young Woman of Massachusetts for 2013         So far this year I have held fast to my resolutions. However, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss...

  • January 27, 2014
    By Alexandra Hochstetler Distinguished Young Woman of Indiana for 2013     Hold your breath. I’m about to discuss the MOST talked about issue in our society today: self-image. We...

  • January 24, 2014
By Janessa Palmer Distinguished Young Woman of Minnesota for 2013     If the title doesn’t give it away, I just saw the latest installment of the Hunger Games trilogy in theaters, Catching Fire. N...

  • January 22, 2014
By Katelyn Pyfer Distinguished Young Woman of Colorado for 2013     I love myself.  I’m just going to be straight up and admit it.  What I lack in humility I make up for in self-adoration, and I...

  • January 22, 2014
By Katie Wilkinson Distinguished Young Woman of Arizona for 2013 Many times in life when things seem to not go our way, we choose to be pessimistic and fail to find the good in these situations. My co...

  • January 22, 2014
By Kate Shea Distinguished Young Woman of Montana for 2013 I don’t know if you’ve heard lately, but the United States is experiencing record low temperatures across the nation. Luckily for you, h...

  • January 14, 2014
By Maddy Miller Distinguished Young Woman of Nebraska for 2013 I have always been told to have an attitude of gratitude in life. I was taught when I was young to remember to always say “thank you”...

  • January 09, 2014
By Sarah Fuller Distinguished Young Woman of Pennsylvania for 2013       To young women:   Ask questions! That might seem blunt, but as you grow older, as you begin to pursue your interest...

  • January 03, 2014
By Rachel Ruth Tunney Distinguished Young Woman of South Carolina for 2013 There is something epically enchanting about a holiday break. It never fails; each year, we find ourselves striving to lend a...

  • January 02, 2014
By Brianna Bracey Distinguished Young Woman of Utah for 2013 Before I start talking about New Year’s and resolutions, I wanted to share this photo with you. Have you seen it before?       This is...

  • January 02, 2014
By Katie Wilkinson Distinguished Young Woman of Arizona for 2013     How do you celebrate Christmas? With decorations? A tree? Parties? Presents? Yummy desserts? I do all of these and I love Christm...

  • December 19, 2013
By Jean Elizabeth Miles Distinguished Young Woman of Alabama for 2013     There she is. The straight A student. The girl in every club and president of most. The one that is not only in the band, bu...

  • December 17, 2013
By Mackenzie Ross Distinguished Young Woman of Mississippi for 2013     Sitting on the couch with my dog snoring next to me, a fire blazing, Christmas decorations shining, and my mocha latte steamin...

  • December 16, 2013
By Jimmienell Morgan Distinguished Young Woman of New Mexico for 2013     This past week has been by far one of the most stressful weeks of my life. Between finals, figuring out my future and job s...

  • December 13, 2013
By Ling Zeng Distinguished Young Woman of California for 2013 This semester, I took a seminar for freshman business majors here at USC called the Global Leadership Program where we had speakers come i...

  • December 12, 2013
My advice to everyone reading this is to NEVER, EVER, EVER, sell your abilities short. Never say, “I can’t do that,” “I don’t know how to do that,” “I don’t have time to do that,” or...

  • December 04, 2013
By Brianna Bracey Distinguished Young Woman of Utah for 2013 Brianna Bracey   Brianna Bracey is a college freshman at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah majoring in Psychiatric Nursing and minor...

  • December 03, 2013
By Sarah Fuller Distinguished Young Woman of Pennsylvania for 2013   Each year, the holiday season seems to come sooner. I’m not complaining; I anxiously await the beautiful colors of Chri...

  • December 02, 2013
Name: Natalie Stoker Age: 18 Hometown:Idaho Falls, Idaho College: Brigham Young University Major: Business Marketing Management & Photography   What is your favorite food: Pumpkin Pie! And any o...

  • December 02, 2013
By Maddy Miller Distinguished Young Woman of Nebraska for 2013 With Thanksgiving approaching in just a few days, everyone at my school was anxious to have a break and get to go home. For the majority ...

  • November 27, 2013
By Ciera Horton Distinguished Young Woman of Florida for 2013     36 hours alone.   No one to talk to.  Nothing to do.     There have been few moments in my life when I have been more distraught...

  • November 26, 2013
By Nicole Renard Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2013       Distinguished Followers, Hey friends!! I hope you are all doing well. Thank you so much for reading this! I just got back from a...

  • November 26, 2013
By Anna Hiran Distinguished Young Woman of Texas for 2013 I’ve been in college for a mere three months, yet I’ve already learned so many life lessons from my academic advisors and absolute...

  • November 26, 2013
Name: Elizabeth Wing Age: 18 Hometown: Little Rock, Arkansas College: Brigham Young University Major: Family Studies with Minor in Global Business and Literacy   What is your favorite food: Cheesecak...

  • November 25, 2013
By Jean Elizabeth Miles Distinguished Young Woman of Alabama for 2013     Recently I read a story about a college professor and a teaching illustration he used in his classroom. Beginning class, he ...

  • November 25, 2013
Name: Chelsea Robinson  Age: 18 Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii College: Hawaii Pacific University Major: Psychology What is your favorite food: Chick-fil-a Chicken Nuggets with Barbecue Sauce… Which t...

  • November 22, 2013
By Mackenzie Ross Distinguished Young Woman of Mississippi for 2013     One more mile.  I can do this. As I pushed myself to finish the Beat Auburn Beat Hunger 5K last week, my mind was solely on f...

  • November 22, 2013
By Maggie Mae Whittemore Distinguished Young Woman of Maine for 2013 The best experience of college so far has been making new friends. At Saint Michael’s College I am constantly meeting new peo...

  • November 21, 2013
Name: Carolyn (Carly) Mickelson  Age: 18 Hometown:Fargo, North Dakota College: Concordia College Major: Spanish and Chemistry with a minor Biology or Neuroscience   What is your favorite TV show: C...

  • November 21, 2013
Name: Katie Wilkinson  Age: 18 Hometown:Chandler, Arizona College: Pepperdine University Major: Sports Medicine with a minor in Communication   What is your favorite food: Teriyaki chicken with ri...

  • November 21, 2013
Name: Katelyn Pyfer  Age: 18 Hometown:Castle Rock, CO College: BYU (Brigham Young University) Major: Social Sciences Education with a minor in Math Education   What is your favorite food: Large Stea...

  • November 20, 2013
By Alexandra Hochstetler Distinguished Young Woman of Indiana for 2013     As fellow “distinguished” women, community service means something different to each of us. To me, community service ha...

  • November 20, 2013
Name: Anna Dai  Age: 18 Hometown:Canton, Michigan College: University of Michigan Major: Majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Math and/or Electrical Engineering   What is your favorite food:...

  • November 20, 2013
By Jimmienell Morgan Distinguished Young Woman of New Mexico for 2013     #1. Do not make boys your priority.      This is #1 because I think it’s one of the most important lessons a girl sho...

  • November 20, 2013
Name: Sydney Kirkegaard  Age: 19 Hometown:Franklin, Wisconsin College: Texas Christian University Major: BFA in Musical Theatre and minor in Spanish   What is your favorite food: Pomegranates! Yum!...

  • November 19, 2013
By Janessa Palmer Distinguished Young Woman of Minnesota for 2013 Throughout High School I had never been the girl to just break down and cry. I prided myself on my involvement with speech, musical, s...

  • November 19, 2013
Name: Ling Zeng  Age: 18 Hometown:San Diego, CA College: University of Southern California Major: Business Administration, Mathematical Finance (minor)   What is your favorite food: all!   What is...

  • November 19, 2013
Name: Brittany Churchill  Age: 18 Hometown: West Bridgewater, Massachusetts College: Bridgewater State University Major/Minor: Psychology Major, Music Minor What is your favorite food: I love an...

  • November 18, 2013
Name: Nisa Villareal  Age: 18 Hometown:Johnston, Rhode Island College: Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT Major: Health Science Studies   What is your favorite TV show: Chicago Fire   What is your f...

  • November 18, 2013
By Sarah Fuller Distinguished Young Woman of Pennsylvania for 2013   How many times have you heard a coach or an instructor suggest that you “take five?”  Have you ever been told to ...

  • November 15, 2013
Name: Maddy Miller Age: 18 Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska College: Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA Major: Dance major with a Jazz concentration   What is your favorite TV show: Smash. Unfortunatel...

  • November 15, 2013
By Rachel Ruth Tunney Distinguished Young Woman of South Carolina for 2013     To Every High School Senior, If I had a dollar for every time someone during my senior year of high school asked, “Wh...

  • November 14, 2013
By Kate Shea Distinguished Young Woman of Montana for 2013       Today was a real milestone for me. Not only did I turn nineteen, but it was my first birthday away from home. For weeks, I’ve been...

  • November 05, 2013
  Name: Kate Shea Age: 18, but only for 12 more days! Hometown:Helena, Montana College: University of Montana Major: Journalism   What is your favorite food: Calamari. I know it’s a little we...

  • October 30, 2013
  Name: Ciera Horton  Age: 18 Hometown: Orlando, Florida College: Wheaton College Major: English   What is your favorite food: Organic salmon sushi from Whole Foods!   What is your favorite TV...

  • October 30, 2013
  Name: Jean Elizabeth Miles  Age: 19 Hometown: Rehobeth, Alabama College: Auburn University Major: Civil Engineering   What is your favorite food:  Hi, my name is Jean Elizabeth and I a...

  • October 29, 2013
  Name: Alexandra Hochstetler  Age: 18 Hometown: Middlebury, Indiana College: Indiana University – Purdue University – Indianapolis, Honors College Majors/Minors: Biology, Medi...

  • October 28, 2013
  Name: Brianna Bracey Age: 18 Hometown: Alpine, Utah College: Brigham Young University Major: Psychiatric Nursing with a minor in music What is your favorite Olympic sport: Figure Skating! What ...

  • October 28, 2013
  Name: Janessa Palmer  Age: 18 Hometown: Willmar, Minnesota College: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Major: Animal Science (pre-veterinary) Minor: Spanish   What is your favorite TV show:...

  • October 25, 2013
  Name: Anna Hiran  Anna and Mayor Castro of San Antonio  Age: 19 Hometown:Houston, TX College: The University of Texas at Austin Major: Business Honors What is your favorite food: Vanilla fr...

  • October 25, 2013
  By Nicole Renard Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2013       Hello my distinguished friends! I hope you all are having a great week!  My dad, uncle and aunt came down to...

  • October 24, 2013
Maggie Whittemore Distinguished Young Woman of Maine for 2013   Click on the link below to watch Maggie’s video blog post! http://youtu.be/fFwhL_ozqjI

  • October 24, 2013
  By Nicole Renard Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2013     One of the things on my bucket list is to travel to all 50 states. As I boarded the Delta Airplane I was eager to be...

  • October 23, 2013
  Name: Rachel Ruth Tunney    Age: 18 Hometown:Charleston, South Carolina College: Auburn University Major: Fitness, Conditioning and Performance with a Business minor What is your favorite fo...

  • October 22, 2013
  1.      Give some information on the extracurricular activity to which you were most devoted… I LOVE photography! I started my own business over four years ago and have taken numerous s...

  • October 16, 2013
  Name: Mackenzie Ross Age: 17 Hometown:Meridian, MS College: The University of Alabama Major: Public Relations (Minor: Political Science) My favorite food: Steak and loaded baked potato   My f...

  • October 15, 2013
  By Nicole Renard Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2013     Hello friends! I hope this blog post finds you doing great! I’m so excited to be writing to you today. Thank you s...

  • October 11, 2013
  Name: Sarah Fuller Age: 18 Hometown:Stewartstown, Pennsylvania College: Elizabethtown College Major: Early Childhood Education & Special Education My favorite food: I love Greek food! Greek...

  • October 10, 2013
  Name: Jimmienell Morgan Age: 19 Hometown: Farmington, New Mexico College: University of New Mexico Major: International Business My favorite food: is…well, food. My favorite movie: Oh goodn...

  • September 09, 2013
By Amy Osmond Cook, Ph.D. Author of Full Bloom: Cultivating Success   Chapter 8: Academic Success One afternoon, my seven-year-old son bounced in the front door after school, threw his backpack o...

  • June 05, 2013
  By Julia Carlson Distinguished Young Woman of Nebraska for 2012     This year I attended the fourth largest university by enrollment in the United States, and while the classroom lear...

  • May 29, 2013
  By Emily Thomas Distinguished Young Woman of Massachusetts for 2012     Going back down to Mobile this June as a has-been is by far going to be the highlight of my summer. I cannot wa...

  • May 28, 2013
By Sierra Terrell Distinguished Young Woman of Maryland 2012 Ever since my junior year of high school, roughly three years ago when I was first introduced to the Distinguished Young Woman Scholarship ...

  • May 24, 2013
By Chloe McLaughlin Distinguished Young Woman of Indiana for 2012   After one year of college I have learned to appreciate a few things about home that I never realized I would miss at school. He...

  • May 23, 2013
By Christina Maxwell Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2012 One of my favorite places to be is the Welcome Table, a homeless ministry in a church in downtown Asheville, North Carolina.  Every ...

  • May 13, 2013
By Carly Henry Distinguished Young Woman of Pennsylvania for 2012          At the end of the semester, the word on the tip of everyone’s tongue is stress.  Just last night I was surrounded b...

  • May 07, 2013
By Stephanie Brady Distinguished Young Woman of New Hampshire for 2012   Last year, when I heard about the Be Your Best Self message for the first time, my initial reaction was “wow what a grea...

  • May 06, 2013
  By Marin Helppie-Schmieder Distinguished Young Woman of Texas for 2012   For those of you that didn’t know, May is National Health Month. This means all throughout this month, different ...

  • April 30, 2013
By Chloe McLaughlin Distinguished Young Woman of Indiana for 2012       My parents are both educators, so school was always an important part of my daily life. They always stressed that it is a...

  • April 30, 2013
    By Sierra Terrell Distinguished Young Woman of Maryland for 2012         There is one word that just about everyone on this planet fears being called: selfish. Growin...

  • April 29, 2013
    By Emily Thomas Distinguished Young Woman of Massachusetts for 2012         The events that took place two weeks ago in Boston were devastatingly close to home. I go ...

  • April 26, 2013
By Christina Maxwell Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2012 This week, April 22-26, is National Be Your Best Self Week! Christina Maxwell, Distinguished Young Woman of America shares her though...

  • April 26, 2013
By Christina Maxwell Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2012     This week, April 22-26, is National Be Your Best Self Week! Christina Maxwell, Distinguished Young Woman of America sha...

  • April 26, 2013
By Christina Maxwell Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2012 This week, April 22-26, is National Be Your Best Self Week! Christina Maxwell, Distinguished Young Woman of America shares her though...

  • April 23, 2013
By Christina Maxwell Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2012 This week, April 22-26, is National Be Your Best Self Week! Christina Maxwell, Distinguished Young Woman of America shares her though...

  • April 23, 2013
By Christina Maxwell Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2012 This week, April 22-26, is National Be Your Best Self Week! Christina Maxwell, Distinguished Young Woman of America shares her though...

  • April 22, 2013
By Lauren Hoppa Distinguished Young Woman of Colorado for 2012            Recently, I passed my title of the Distinguished Young Woman of Colorado off to new aspiring young woman. It’s hard...

  • April 19, 2013
By Carly Henry Distinguished Young Woman of Pennsylvania for 2012     Scholarship, leadership, and talent are the three platforms that truly define Distinguished Young Women.  These three words...

  • April 17, 2013
By Ali Houser Distinguished Young Woman of South Dakota for 2012   1.      A sleeping mask and earplugs. Remember: This is no longer just your room. There will be nights where your roommate ...

  • April 16, 2013
By Keyna Hoselton Distinguished Young Woman of North Dakota for 2012 As girls, we tend to look at ourselves and notice our flaws. There is no need to be ashamed of our imperfections—it is our imperf...

  • April 11, 2013
By Stephanie Brady Distinguished Young Woman of New Hampshire for 2012 1.    Pony tail holder-The possible situations that could arise in which a hair elastic could be useful are endless.  Whether...

  • April 08, 2013
By Marin Helppie-Schmieder Distinguished Young Woman of Texas for 2012   Y’all, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Well, I guess it’s not that much of a secret since I know I am not th...

  • April 04, 2013
By Emily Thomas Distinguished Young Woman of Massachusetts for 2012                       Ironically, the first day of spring this year and the start of my spring break coincided with a sn...

  • April 03, 2013
By Chloe McLaughlin Distinguished Young Woman of Indiana for 2012 I hate to admit it, but I go to a school where it is incredibly common for girls to graduate with not only a Bachelor’s degree, but ...

  • April 02, 2013
By Sierra Terrell Distinguished Young Woman of Maryland for 2012 Where do you plan to be in five years?   What goals do plan to have accomplished in the next ten years?   How old do you plan to be w...

  • April 01, 2013
By Christina Maxwell Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2012 George Bernard Shaw once said, “youth is wasted on the young”.  As a young person, this can be a somewhat discouraging thing to ...

  • March 21, 2013
By Ali Houser Distinguished Young Woman of South Dakota for 2012       How far would you go for a perfect stranger? It’s a compelling question when given the chance to think about it. However, wh...

  • March 20, 2013
By Carly Henry Distinguished Young Woman of Pennsylvania for 2012 We’ve all heard people say that size is just a number.  Well, when you get back an exam, that little mark at the top of the pa...

  • March 19, 2013
By Stephanie Brady Distinguished Young Woman of New Hampshire for 2012 On move-in day in August, when I opened the door to my freshman dorm, I looked around the cement-box room and couldn’t he...

  • March 18, 2013
By Marin Helppie-Schmieder Distinguished Young Woman of Texas for 2012       Spring Break. I believe those are the two most beautiful words every college student longs to say! I could not wait to b...

  • March 08, 2013
By Chloe McLaughlin Distinguished Young Woman of Indiana for 2012 Saturday, March 2nd was my final night as the Distinguished Young Woman of Indiana. As I prepared to pass on my title, I reminisced ab...

  • March 07, 2013
By Emily Thomas Distinguished Young Woman of Massachusetts for 2012 For those of you that may not know, February was random acts of kindness month.  I’m part of the honors program at my school and ...

  • March 06, 2013
By Sierra Terrell Distinguished Young Woman of Maryland for 2012   Finally, the snow is beginning the melt, the flowers are beginning to sprout and all the butterflies are coming about. These are the...

  • March 06, 2013
By Christina Maxwell Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2012   During the Distinguished Young Women national finals, the first question I was asked in my interview was, “What has your younger...

  • February 28, 2013
By Ali Houser Distinguished Young Woman of South Dakota for 2012 Have you ever studied for hours and felt really confident going into a test only to get your score back and see that you didn’t do as...

  • February 27, 2013
By Carly Henry Distinguished Young Woman of Pennsylvania for 2012 Home Six months ago I left my childhood home.  Those first few weeks I was a little homesick, but then things began to change.  Afte...

  • February 25, 2013
By Lauren Hoppa Distinguished Young Woman of Colorado for 2012 “Life is made up, not of great sacrifices or duties, but of little things, in which smiles and kindness, and small obligations given ha...

  • February 20, 2013
By Stephanie Brady Distinguished Young Woman of New Hampshire for 2012 Entering college comes with a lot of big lifestyle changes.  One of the things that worried me most was gaining the dreaded “f...

  • February 20, 2013
By Keyna Hoselton Distinguished Young Woman of North Dakota for 2012 It’s that time of year again! The stores are full of reds and pinks and CHOCOLATE! Valentine’s Day is, without a doubt, one of ...

  • February 20, 2013
By Emily Thomas Distinguished Young Woman of Massachusetts for 2012 When I first arrived in Mobile for the Distinguished Young Women finals, I stuck out like a sore thumb.  Here I am from Boston walk...

  • February 13, 2013
By Marin Helppie-Schmieder Distinguished Young Woman of Texas for 2012 Have you ever heard the saying “Music makes the World go round”?  I am sure you have. But have you ever really thought about...

  • February 05, 2013
By Ankhita Samuel Distinguished Young Woman of Kansas for 2012 First of all, I owe you guys a HUGE apology. I am SO sorry that I haven’t put up a blog post in two months. I wish I could say that I w...

  • February 04, 2013
By Sierra Terrell Distinguished Young Woman of Maryland for 2012   I recently heard the news of the unfortunate events that are taking place in Midland City, AL; which is not too far from the col...

  • February 01, 2013
By Lauren Hoppa Distinguished Young Woman of Colorado for 2012  “The hardest thing in life to learn is what bridge to cross and which bridge to burn”  – David Russell     When it comes time ...

  • January 31, 2013
    By Christina Maxwell Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2012   A few months after I arrived in Michigan, I met some new friends at dinner in the dining hall: two hilarious an...

  • January 30, 2013
By Chloe McLaughlin Distinguished Young Woman of Indiana for 2012 Last Monday, my Facebook Newsfeed was flooded with numerous posts about the Inauguration Ceremony that was held to swear in President ...

  • January 24, 2013
By Carly Henry Distinguished Young Woman of Pennsylvania for 2012 We are all familiar with those deadlines that seem to haunt us in our sleep.  Deadlines for papers, tests, applications—I could sho...

  • January 23, 2013
By Ali Houser Distinguished Young Woman of South Dakota for 2012 Do I have a date for Valentine’s Day? Why yes, thanks for asking. February 14th. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and I...

  • January 22, 2013
By Christina Maxwell Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2012     I recently took a wonderful trip to Mobile, Alabama, the home of Distinguished Young Women.  I was there for nearly a ...

  • January 18, 2013
By Keyna Hoselton Distinguished Young Woman of North Dakota for 2012 “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney This is my absolute favorite ...

  • January 17, 2013
By Marin Helppie-Schmieder Distinguished Young Woman of Texas 2012            It is officially a New Year. And everyone knows that along with a New Year, comes New Year Resolutions. I still ...

  • January 16, 2013
By Stephanie Brady Distinguished Young Woman of New Hampshire for 2012 In the past few days, as I’ve been taking care of some housecleaning, one of my projects was to clean out and sort through old ...

  • January 11, 2013
By Sierra Terrell Distinguished Young Woman of Maryland for 2012 For the past few weeks, I have been enjoying my return home from college for the holidays. This break has been truly a wonderful experi...

  • January 11, 2013
  By Chloe McLaughlin Distinguished Young Woman of  As the daughter of a high school guidance counselor, I became very well-versed in the language of scholarships during my senior year. I rememb...

  • January 10, 2013
By Emily Thomas Distinguished Young Woman of Massachusetts for 2012 It’s always been a goal of mine to learn how to ski. My dad was an avid skier when he was growing up and would always tell me tale...

  • December 26, 2012
By Carly Henry Distinguished Young Woman of Pennsylvania for 2012 Most of us spend excessive time on the internet.  However, most of my time is spent on one website, Pinterest!  This nifty little we...

  • December 21, 2012
By Keyna Hoselton Distinguished Young Woman of North Dakota for 2012 Having just finished my first semester of college, I decided to compile a small list of things that have helped me out! 1. Don̵...

  • December 21, 2012
By Stephanie Brady Distinguished Young Woman of New Hampshire for 2012 In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, from work to school to sports to music lessons, it is so easy to lose sight of what’...

  • December 21, 2012
By Marin Helppie-Schmieder Distinguished Young Woman of Texas for 2012 Being a dance major in college is no piece of cake. My first class starts at 8 a.m. everyday, and my last class ends at 4:45 p.m....

  • December 14, 2012
By Sierra Terrell Distinguished Young Woman of Maryland for 2012 One of the definitions for ‘home’ is a house, apartment, or other shelter that is the usual residence of a person, family, or house...

  • December 14, 2012
By Julia Carlson Distinguished Young Woman of Nebraska for 2012                   NASA recently released captivating new satellite photos of the Earth at ...

  • December 14, 2012
By Emily Thomas Distinguished Young Woman of Massachusetts for 2012 Whether you’re in high school or in college, the month leading up to the holidays and the end of the school semester can be distra...

  • December 07, 2012
By Lauren Hoppa Distinguished Young Woman of Colorado for 2012 Top 10 Things to do to Relax During the Weeks Leading Up to Finals   1. Make a list of things to accomplish/goals If you know that you h...

  • December 07, 2012
By Christina Maxwell Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2012 My dad is one of the most influential people in my life.  One of the things that is most unique to him is his gift for writing and t...

  • December 06, 2012
By Chloe McLaughlin Distinguished Young Woman of Indiana for 2012 Thanksgiving has passed, SOOOOO…… Let’s talk about CHRISTMAS!  Now I don’t know about all of you, but I LOVE CHRISTMAS. I lov...

  • December 06, 2012
  By Amy E. Goodman America’s Junior Miss 1991     As we enter the holiday season, here are some tips on what to wear to look on trend and age-appropriate as a stylish young adult...

  • November 30, 2012
    By Carly Henry Distinguished Young Woman of Pennsylvania for 2012     In the midst of all my papers, exams, and orchestra rehearsals, the presidential election a few weeks ago ...

  • November 29, 2012
By Ali Houser Distinguished Young Woman of South Dakota for 2012 1. I wish I could’ve told myself to get more involved. I look back at my high school years and I always wish I had gotten involved in...

  • November 27, 2012
By Marin Helppie-Schmieder Distinguished Young Woman of Texas for 2012  If something very important happened in our World today and you wanted to get every single detail so you could be properly info...

  • November 23, 2012
    By Keyna Hoselton Distinguished Young Woman of North Dakota for 2012   How often do you find yourself comparing yourself to the girls around you? If you’re anything like me, the a...

  • November 20, 2012
By Stephanie Brady Distinguished Young Woman of New Hampshire for 2012 1. The Parties No I don’t mean frat parties….I’m talking about Thursday night dance parties in our room.  After a long Thu...

  • November 19, 2012
By Jordan Orris Distinguished Young Woman of Nevada for 2012 Now that I’m just two weeks away from finishing my first semester of freshman year, I’ve learned a few things, things that I wi...

  • November 16, 2012
  By Ankhita Samuel Distinguished Young Woman of Kansas for 2012 Before I start off this post, I just wanted to take a moment to say that I have one of the greatest support systems in the world ...

  • November 15, 2012
        Name: Chandler Cross Age: 18 Hometown: Woonsocket, RI College: Muhlenberg College Major: Theatre (Acting Concentration) and English Favorite Food: Spicy Salmon Sushi Roll F...

  • November 15, 2012
By Julia Carlson Distinguished Young Woman of Nebraska for 2012 This past week, I was selected to attend a leadership workshop for students in my college here at the University of Minnesota-Twin Citie...

  • November 14, 2012
By Emily Thomas Distinguished Young Woman of Massachusetts for 2012 I’ve been dancing since I could walk. I was first officially enrolled in dance classes when I was four years old, and it’s been ...

  • November 13, 2012
By Sierra Terrell Distinguished Young Woman of Maryland 2012 You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. When reading this quote, one ca...

  • November 13, 2012
  Name: Marin Helppie-Schmieder Age: 18 Hometown: Carrollton, Texas College: The Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University Major: Modern Dance   Favorite food: Green bean casserol...

  • November 12, 2012
By Lauren Hoppa Distinguished Young Woman of Colorado for 2012 “I don’t know where it is you find courage. There isn’t a map. It sort of follows the road of emotion. Sometimes stopping your conv...

  • November 12, 2012
By Christina Maxwell Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2012 No one is perfect.  Mistakes are inevitably part of life and no matter how good we are at hiding our flaws, they are still there.  ...

  • November 06, 2012
  Name: Julia Ann Carlson Age: 19 Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska College: University of Minnesota Major: Biology with a minor in Management   Favorite food: Pumpkin anything…and tea!  Favorite mov...

  • November 06, 2012
By Chloe McLaughlin Distinguished Young Woman of Indiana for 2012 As human beings we are often left asking the question: “Now what?” “My home work is done.” (Haha, yeah right) “Now what?” ...

  • November 01, 2012
    “Sweet 15” is a series of posts written by past participants of the Distinguished Young Women/Junior Miss program reflecting on their 15-year-old selves. Get ready for some w...

  • October 31, 2012
Name: Emily Thomas Age: 18 Hometown: Bridgewater, MA College: Merrimack College Major: Chemistry/Secondary Education Favorite food: Pizza Favorite TV show: So You Think You Can Dance Favorite movie: F...

  • October 30, 2012
    “Sweet 15” is a series of posts written by past participants of the Distinguished Young Women/Junior Miss program reflecting on their 15-year-old selves. Get ready for some w...

  • October 29, 2012
Name: Sierra Terrell Age: 18 Hometown: Waldorf, Maryland College: Troy University Major: Psychology Favorite quote: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we power...

  • October 26, 2012
  Hey there! My name is Ankhita Rachel Samuel and I love sleeping, eating, and being awesome. It’s a pleasure to virtually meet all of you, especially as you’re helping me avoid the monstrosi...

  • October 25, 2012
  “Sweet 15” is a series of posts written by past participants of the Distinguished Young Women/Junior Miss program reflecting on their 15-year-old selves. Get ready for some wise, wi...

  • October 24, 2012
Name: Jordan Orris Age: 18 Hometown: Henderson, NV College: Auburn University Major: Interdisciplinary Studies with emphasis on Marketing and Convergence Journalism Favorite TV show: Gilmore Girls, Th...

  • October 23, 2012
  “Sweet 15” is a series of posts written by past participants of the Distinguished Young Women/Junior Miss program reflecting on their 15-year-old selves. Get ready for some wise, wi...

  • October 22, 2012
“Sweet 15” is a series of posts written by past participants of the Distinguished Young Women/Junior Miss program reflecting on their 15-year-old selves. Get ready for some wise, witty and...

  • October 22, 2012
Name: Chloe Christine McLaughlin Age:19 Hometown:Frankfort, Indiana College: Indiana Wesleyan University Major: Double Major – Church Music and Christian Worship Favorite food: Anything Home-coo...

  • October 19, 2012
  Name: Christina Maxwell Age: 18 Hometown: Asheville, North Carolina College: University of Michigan Major: majoring in Musical Theatre, hoping to minor in Writing Favorite food:  I absolutely ...

  • October 17, 2012
Name: Alinia (Ali) Houser Age: 19 Hometown: Beresford, South Dakota College: The University of Minnesota – Twin Cities Major: Dental Hygiene Favorite TV show: Pretty Little Liars & Greek  Favor...

  • October 16, 2012
  Beginning this week, we will introduce a new series to the Be Distinguished blog. “Sweet 15” will be a collection of posts written by past participants of the Distinguished Young Wo...

  • October 15, 2012
Hi! I’m Keyna Hoselton from Fargo, North Dakota! I am 18 years old, and I am currently attending Oklahoma City University, majoring in Dance Performance with a possible minor in History. Some of my ...

  • October 12, 2012
Name: Lauren Hoppa Age: 19 Hometown: Grew up in Franklin, Wisconsin but now living in Parker, Colorado College: Oklahoma State University Major: Athletic Training Favorite TV show: Friday Night Lights...

  • October 11, 2012
Name: Carly Henry Age: 18 Hometown: York, Pennsylvania College: Elizabethtown College Major:  Biochemistry major, Business minor Favorite food: Greek Yogurt Favorite TV show: Big Bang Theory Favorite...

  • October 10, 2012
Name: Stephanie Brady Age: 18 Hometown: Newmarket, New Hampshire College: University of Connecticut Major: Pre-Pharmacy Favorite movie: What a Girl Wants Favorite Olympic sport: Summer-gymnastics, Win...

  • October 09, 2012
By Megan Gunter Distinguished Young Women Communications Director         We are thrilled to announce a new year of exciting posts on the Be Distinguished blog from our newest batc...

  • September 12, 2012
    By Christina Maxwell Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2012     Nash Norris was diagnosed with cancer when he was only 10 months old.  The doctors simply told his paren...

  • September 06, 2012
By Christina Maxwell Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2012 “There’s a trick to the ‘graceful exit’.  It begins with the vision to recognize when a job, a life stage or a relationship ...

  • August 17, 2012
The series of posts over the next several days will feature essays on National Be Your Best Self Week 2012. These posts were the winning entries for the three Be Your Best Self Satellite Awards and Di...

  • August 16, 2012
By Christina Maxwell Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2012 As little girls, we would often look to the real, grown women in our lives for assurance and guidance.  We would sit on the countert...

  • August 16, 2012
The series of posts over the next several days will feature essays on National Be Your Best Self Week 2012. These posts were the winning entries for the three Be Your Best Self Satellite Awards and Di...

  • August 15, 2012
The series of posts over the next several days will feature essays on National Be Your Best Self Week 2012. These posts were the winning entries for the three Be Your Best Self Satellite Awards and Di...

  • August 14, 2012
The series of posts over the next several days will feature essays on National Be Your Best Self Week 2012. These posts were the winning entries for the three Be Your Best Self Satellite Awards and Di...

  • July 18, 2012
By Amanda Wineman Distinguished Young Woman of Montana for 2011 Amanda Wineman is a student at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama majoring in Political Science with a minor in French. Originall...

  • July 17, 2012
By Jacky Arness Distinguished Young Woman of North Dakota for 2011 That’s how fairy tales are supposed to end, right? At least, that’s what I thought. I grew up watching the Disney princesses, lik...

  • July 17, 2012
By Sydney McIntosh Distinguished Young Woman of Alaska for 2011 First off, I would like to give a huge thank you to all the wonderful people that are a part of Distinguished Young Women, special shout...

  • July 13, 2012
By Veronica Townsend Distinguished Young Woman of Delaware for 2011 When someone steps up to a large, seemingly impossible task, the true effects of their hard work and spirit get passed down to each ...

  • July 12, 2012
By Devin Kerns Distinguished Young Woman of Oklahoma for 2011 One of my favorite quotes is from Robert Frost and it goes like this: “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life....

  • July 09, 2012
By Katye Brock Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2011 Saying goodbye is never easy.  Whether you are saying goodbye to your family as you head off to college—which I did last year, saying go...

  • July 09, 2012
By Rebecca Mitchell Distinguished Young Woman of Maryland for 2011 I sat for a while trying to come up with my topic for this blog entry. I wanted to do something that could really help all the reader...

  • June 27, 2012
By Gabrielle Walter Distinguished Young Woman of New York for 2011             As the second week is winding down for the 50 contestants in this year’s Distinguished Young Women scholarsh...

  • June 27, 2012
By Rachel Williams Distinguished Young Woman of New Mexico for 2011 It feels so good being back in Sweet Home Alabama—where the tea is sweet and the accents are sweeter! It hardly feels like it’s ...

  • June 25, 2012
By Gabrielle Walter Distinguished Young Woman of New York As the school year comes to an end for our graduating seniors, so too does the journey for this year’s class of Distinguished Young Women. W...

  • June 24, 2012
By Alessa Strelecki Distinguished Young Woman of Iowa for 2011 Last summer I remember the only thing on my mind whenever I thought of college was: how am I going to make friends. Let me tell you a lit...

  • June 23, 2012
By Hannah Roberts Distinguished Young Woman of Mississippi for 2011 It’s time for National Finals!! I cannot believe it has been an entire year since I represented Mississippi at the Distinguished Y...

  • June 22, 2012
By Allii Fontaine Distinguished Young Woman of Rhode Island for 2011 I participated in Distinguished Young Women during my senior year of high school. Rhode Island, being the smallest state, did not h...

  • June 21, 2012
By Kinsey Crow Distinguished Young Woman of Ohio for 2011 At approximately 9:07 p.m. on June 25th, 2011, my life changed dramatically.  The final awards were being announced at the 54th National Fina...

  • June 21, 2012
By Veronica Townsend Distinguished Young Woman of Delaware for 2011 As the school year wraps up, each of us finish up our freshman year of college, our senior year of high school, graduate, or just en...

  • June 21, 2012
By Megan Gunter Distinguished Young Women Communications Director It is an exciting time of year for Distinguished Young Women!! On Sunday, June 17, we welcomed 50 of the nation’s most accomplished ...

  • June 20, 2012
By Veronica Townsend Distinguished Young Woman of Delaware for 2011 The sweet, melodic sound of the crashing waves drifts me into a light sleep whilst my body succumbs to the bright summer sun.  Seag...

  • June 19, 2012
By Rachel Williams Distinguished Young Woman of New Mexico for 2011 It’s summer time for most of us, and almost summer time for the rest of you! Some may already have summer plans with elaborate vac...

  • June 18, 2012
  By Hannah Roberts Distinguished Young Woman of Mississippi for 2011 So… It’s summer again!!! School is out and it’s time to sleep in late, go on vacation, and soak up the sun!  But, with...

  • May 11, 2012
By Rachel Williams Distinguished Young Woman of New Mexico for 2011 I have never been one for organization. Occasionally, I would write a sticky note and post it somewhere, or write in my high school ...

  • May 10, 2012
  By Kelsey Quin Distinguished Young Woman of Indiana for 2011   Everyone needs to laugh. At least once a day. Minimum. So, here are a few things to help that giggle escape from your belly t...

  • May 09, 2012
By Hannah Roberts Distinguished Young Woman of Mississippi for 2011 Well, it is the end of another semester.  As I see people from my high school getting ready to graduate, I realize that it has been...

  • May 08, 2012
By Kinsey Crow Distinguished Young Woman of Ohio for 2011 Hi ladies! I’m about to expose my inner dork and talk to you about how great journaling is.  I’ve never been a huge writer, but there are...

  • May 07, 2012
    By Alessa Strelecki Distinguished Young Woman of Iowa for 2011     This summer I will be studying abroad in Uganda in Africa before I make the trek back down to Mobile as a has...

  • May 04, 2012
  By Allii Fontaine Distinguished Young Woman of Rhode Island for 2011 Hello! In case some of you did not know, I am currently studying abroad in beautiful Australia where I will be for a month! ...

  • May 03, 2012
By Veronica Townsend Distinguished Young Woman of Delaware for 2011 Lately, it seems as if this blog has been contributed by multiple entries from my fellow Distinguished Young Women about boys – ho...

  • May 02, 2012
By Amanda Wineman Distinguished Young Woman of Montana for 2011   When I started looking for colleges, all I wanted was somewhere different. I had spent almost fifteen years with the same people ...

  • May 01, 2012
Video Blog by Ann Clancy Distinguished Young Woman of Vermont for 2011 Ann Clancy is a college freshman at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama majoring in Political Science with a minor in Psych...

  • May 01, 2012
Video Blog by Jacky Arness Distinguished Young Woman of North Dakota for 2011 Jacky Arness is a college freshman at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota majoring in Political Science/International...

  • April 27, 2012
This week, we will feature a series of posts in celebration of Distinguished Young Women’s National Be Your Best Self Week. Katye Brock, Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2011, will share...

  • April 27, 2012
  This week, we will feature a series of posts in celebration of Distinguished Young Women’s National Be Your Best Self Week. Katye Brock, Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2011, wil...

  • April 26, 2012
This week, we will feature a series of posts in celebration of Distinguished Young Women’s National Be Your Best Self Week. Katye Brock, Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2011, will share...

  • April 25, 2012
  This week, we will feature a series of posts in celebration of Distinguished Young Women’s National Be Your Best Self Week. Katye Brock, Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2011, wil...

  • April 24, 2012
This week, we will feature a series of posts in celebration of Distinguished Young Women’s National Be Your Best Self Week. Katye Brock, Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2011, will share...

  • April 16, 2012
By Rebecca Mitchell Distinguished Young Woman of Maryland for 2011 Alright, girls, let’s be honest for a minute. I think almost all of us have, at some point in time, dreamed of having a “Cinderel...

  • April 13, 2012
By Devin Kerns Distinguished Young Woman of Oklahoma for 2011 I was recently looking through my news app on my phone and was confronted by the shocking mug shot of a girl who I used to look up to—Am...

  • April 12, 2012
By Sydney McIntosh Distinguished Young Woman of Alaska for 2011 Ladies, it’s that time of year. The air is spring fresh, the days are getting longer, the sun is shining and you know summer is just a...

  • April 11, 2012
By Katye Brock Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2011 “Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever.” – Walt Disney Those of you who know me know that I am a H...

  • April 11, 2012
By Gabrielle Walter Distinguished Young Woman of New York for 2011 Two weekends ago at my state program, I realized how fast a year truly goes by. I wanted this blog post to be about something I disco...

  • April 10, 2012
  By Rachel Williams Distinguished Young Woman of New Mexico for 2011 The United States has come a long way since women were first given the right to vote in 1920, but it has been a long road. Ev...

  • April 06, 2012
By Kelsey Quin Distinguished Young Woman of Indiana for 2011 Two things I LOVE: reading and summer. Summer is so close I can taste it; so why not put together a little summer reading list? Really, is ...

  • April 05, 2012
  By Hannah Roberts Distinguished Young Woman of Mississippi for 2011 With so much going on in the media surrounding the upcoming political election, I feel that young people—especially juniors...

  • April 04, 2012
By Kinsey Crow Distinguished Young Woman of Ohio for 2011 Hello, my most excellent friends! May I preface this post by saying that everything I’m going to write in the next several minutes is also a...

  • April 03, 2012
  By Alessa Strelecki Distinguished Young Woman of Iowa for 2011 I’ve been twirling since I was in 3rd grade and one of my favorite things to do is coach. Today while coaching one of my student...

  • April 03, 2012
By Allii Fontaine Distinguished Young Woman of Rhode Island for 2011 1.    Game Nights – sometimes just pulling out good old Monopoly or going bowling can really save a night that seemed hope...

  • March 28, 2012
By Megan Jack Distinguished Young Woman of West Virginia for 2011 Everyone who has read an advice column or spoken with an older friend about college has heard these two words of advice for the future...

  • March 27, 2012
By Ann Clancy Distinguished Young Woman of Vermont for 2011   Ann Clancy is a college freshman at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama majoring in Political Science with a minor in Psychology. O...

  • March 26, 2012
By Jacky Arness Distinguished Young Woman of North Dakota for 2011   Jacky Arness is a college freshman at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota majoring in Political Science/International Relatio...

  • March 21, 2012
  By Veronica Townsend Distinguished Young Woman of Delaware for 2011 Entering college allows one the chance to experience joining something much bigger than themselves. In fact, this group does ...

  • March 20, 2012
By Amanda Wineman Distinguished Young Woman of Montana for 2011 Pink mesh gloves, neon pink leg warmers, white Keds, ripped tights, hot pink sports bra, white-washed jean shorts, white crop tank top, ...

  • March 16, 2012
By Rebecca Mitchell Distinguished Young Woman of Maryland for 2011 Five hundred twenty-five thousand, six hundred minutes. I’m sure almost all of you have heard that famous song, “Seasons of Love,...

  • March 16, 2012
By Devin Kerns Distinguished Young Woman of Oklahoma for 2011   Music flows through my veins. My favorite feeling in the world is being immersed in a song that has the ability to make you feel wh...

  • March 14, 2012
By Katye Brock Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2011   Okay, y’all.  Don’t lie.  You all know that one of the college experiences you are most excited about is the sea of college bo...

  • March 13, 2012
By Kelsey Quin Distinguished Young Woman of Indiana for 2011 You know what? Sometimes, you just want to feel pretty. We all know that we’re beautiful on the inside and outside, and that we’re bles...

  • March 08, 2012
By Rachel Williams Distinguished Young Woman of New Mexico for 2011 When I was in high school, distraction meant taking a nap, checking my Facebook on the family computer, watching TV, or hanging out ...

  • March 07, 2012
Kelsey Quin Distinguished Young Woman of Indiana for 2011 KONY 2012 from INVISIBLE CHILDREN on Vimeo. Kelsey Quin is a college freshman at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana majoring in Gene...

  • March 06, 2012
  By Hannah Roberts Distinguished Young Woman of Mississippi for 2011 So, I have recently become an avid Pinterest user.  It’s great—I highly suggest creating one; but, I have recently been ...

  • March 05, 2012
By Gabrielle Walter Distinguished Young Woman of New York for 2011 1) Naps – There is no such thing as sleep with all the work you receive in college. I find taking little naps here and there th...

  • March 02, 2012
  By Alessa Strelecki Distinguished Young Woman of Iowa for 2011 In today’s society there is so much pressure put upon us. Too often I think that many of us get caught up in what we are doing a...

  • March 01, 2012
  By Allii Fontaine Distinguished Young Woman of Rhode Island for 2011 I have always been a happy-go-lucky person that kept the glass half full and a smile on my face. I do what I can for other p...

  • February 29, 2012
By Kinsey Crow Distinguished Young Woman of Ohio for 2011 Hello ladies! This past weekend, I was back in my home state of Ohio at the 2012 Distinguished Young Women of Ohio program.  It was absolutel...

  • February 27, 2012
  By Megan Jack Distinguished Young Woman of West Virginia for 2011 Between freshman year of high school and freshman year of college, the amount of learning I have done has been overwhelming. Wh...

  • February 24, 2012
By Veronica Townsend Distinguished Young Woman of Delaware for 2011   Click, click, click, click echo her boots as she walks purposefully towards her next class. She appears to be genuinely happy...