Participants

Distinguished Young Women participants come from all walks of life, but they have one common characteristic: the desire to succeed. Each young woman receives valuable life experience through participation in the program including relationship skills, self-confidence, and a sense of achievement. The goal of Distinguished Young Women is to ensure that everyone who participates in the program at any level has an enjoyable and memorable experience.

Below is a list of participants for the upcoming 2016 Distinguished Young Women of Utah program. Want to participate? Apply now!



Emily Hill

Distinguished Young Woman of Alpine Central

Parents: James Hill & Mary Lawrence
College Preference: BYU, Utah State
Career Goals: Interior Design, Math Teacher, School Councilor
Talent: Piano Solo (Whitewater Chopped Sticks, by Calvin Jones)


Katherine Bennett

Distinguished Young Woman of Alpine East

Parents: Robert & Loree Bennett
College Preference: BYU, Duke, University of Pennsylvania
Career Goals: Masters in Psychology, Nutrition
Talent: Vocal Presentation (musical theater) (Astonishing from Little Women, by Jason Howland & Mindi Dickstein)


Rachel Ogden

Distinguished Young Woman of Alpine North

Parents: John & Amy Ogden
College Preference: BYU Provo, BYU Hawaii, Stanford, Utah State
Career Goals: Hairstylist, Business Management, Sports Broadcast
Talent: Harp Solo (Solfeggietto, by C.P.E. Bach)


Malorie Ward

Distinguished Young Woman of Bountiful Central

Parents: Richard & Robyn Ward
College Preference: Westminster College
Career Goals: Public Health
Talent: Vocal Performance (original piece) (Where You Are, by Malorie Ward)


Elizabeth White

Distinguished Young Woman of Bountiful North

College Preference: Southern Utah University, Utah State University
Career Goals: Vocal Performance, Elementary School Teacher
Talent: Vocal Presentation (show tune) ("Vanilla Ice Cream" from Broadway's "She Loves Me", by Composer Jerry Bock)


Emily Bacon

Distinguished Young Woman of Bountiful South

Parents: Jonathan Bacon & Maunette Ronan-Bacon
College Preference: MIT; CalTech; Berkeley, UCLA
Career Goals: Pharmaceutical Research
Talent: Lyrical Dance ("River Flows In You" , by Yiruma)


Madison Cook

Distinguished Young Woman of Cache County East

Parents: Ralph & Rachel Cook
College Preference: Southern Utah University, Utah State, UVU
Career Goals: Landscape Design
Talent: Dance (Human Christina Perri, by Tina Simmons)


Skylar Kendrick

Distinguished Young Woman of Cache County North

Parents: Scott & Rachelle Kendrick
College Preference: Utah State, Weber State, UVU
Career Goals: Family Consumer Sciences/ teaching
Talent: Flute Solo (Swiss Air excerpt, by Th. Boehm Op. 20)


Savannah Knight

Distinguished Young Woman of Cache County South

Parents: Gerald & Trudy Knight
College Preference: Brigham Young University; Brown University
Career Goals: Obtain a PhD in Biochemistry;Minor in Piano Theory
Talent: Piano Solo (Whitewater Chopped Sticks, by Calvin Jones)


Sara Barnes

Distinguished Young Woman of Certerville

Parents: David & Nicole Barnes
College Preference: Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
Career Goals: Fashion Merchandiser, Fashion Editor, Writer
Talent: Ballet (Don Quixote Act III: Variation: Kitri, by Leon Minkus)


Brinley Koerner

Distinguished Young Woman of Farmington

Parents: David & Michelle Koerner
College Preference: BYU or USU, working for a pole-vault scholarship
Career Goals: Physical Therapists, Mother, Track/Dance Coach
Talent: Musical Theatre Dance (Non, Je Ne Regretta Rien, by Edith Piaf, by Brinley Koerner and Mallorie Johns)


Callie-Jo Stanford

Distinguished Young Woman of Herriman

Parents: Robert & Amy-Josephine Stanford
College Preference: Brigham Young University, Southern Utah University
Career Goals: Physician's Assistant
Talent: Lyrical Solo ("Breathe Me", by Amanda Landers)


Alexis Hopkins

Distinguished Young Woman of Highland Central

Parents: Paul & Cindy Hopkins
College Preference: Utah State University
Career Goals: Professional Opera Singer
Talent: Vocal Presentation (Opera) (O Mio Babbino Caro, by Giacomo Puccini)


Bailey Frampton

Distinguished Young Woman of Highland East

Parents: Paul & Jennifer Frampton
College Preference: BYU Idaho
Career Goals: Recreational Therapist for Special Needs, Mother
Talent: Contemporary Dance (Not About Angels, by Birdy)


Cassandra Kendall

Distinguished Young Woman of Highland North

Parents: Bradley & Michelle Kendall
College Preference: Brigham Young University
Career Goals: Nutritionist
Talent: Vocal Presentation (show tune) ("Part Of Your World" , by Broadway's Little Mermaid (Composer Al Menken))


Madeleine Arnold

Distinguished Young Woman of Highland West

Parents: Steven & Cami Arnold
College Preference: Brigham Young University
Career Goals: Piano Performance; Physician Assistant
Talent: Piano Solo (Impromptu in E-flat, Opus 90, No. 2, by Franz Schubert )


Hannah Larsen

Distinguished Young Woman of Layton

Parents: Michael & Linda Larsen
College Preference: BYU, BYU-Idaho, or Utah State
Career Goals: Radiation Therapist
Talent: Vocal Presentation (Broadway) ("I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Miserables, by Claude-Michel Schonberg)


Samantha Abrahamson

Distinguished Young Woman of Sandy

Parents: Guy & Julie Abrahamson
College Preference: Utah Valley University, University of UT
Career Goals: Professional dancer, dance teacher, school teacher
Talent: Classical Ballet (Cupid Variation, from Don Quixote, by Ludwig Minkus. Choreography by Marius Petipa)


Hallie Weichers

Distinguished Young Woman of South Jordan

Parents: Gregory & AnneMarie Weichers
College Preference: Brigham Young University. NYU. Juilliard.
Career Goals: Pyschology or Health
Talent: Dance (Sinners (Artist, Lauren Aquilina), by Hallie Weichers)


Kara Nelson

Distinguished Young Woman of Southern Utah County

Parents: Brandon & Kathryn Nelson
College Preference: University of Arizona
Career Goals: Architect
Talent: Gymnastics (Arch Angel , by Youtube)


Lauren Mockett

Distinguished Young Woman of Southern Utah County

Parents: Gregory & Holly Mockett
College Preference: BYU
Career Goals: Life Coach or Author
Talent: Tumbling and Dance routine (When I saw her standing there, by The Beatles)


Paris Coleman

Distinguished Young Woman of Southern Utah County

Parents: David Godfrey & Shauna Godfrey-Coleman
College Preference: University of Utah
Career Goals: Dance Masters, Certified Medical Assitant
Talent: Dancing (Problem (Monster Remix), by Becky G. )


Claire Bastian

Distinguished Young Woman of Southern Utah County

Parents: James & Isabelle Bastian
College Preference: University of Utah, BYU, Utah State
Career Goals: Athletic Trainer
Talent: Dance solo (Heart Beat, by Beckah Shae )


Kayla Pexton

Distinguished Young Woman of Southern Utah County

Parents: Kyle & Shannon Pexton
College Preference: Brigham Young University
Career Goals: Veterinarian
Talent: Vocal Presentation (show tune) (Gimme Gimme - Broadway's Thoroughly Modern Millie, by Music by Jeanine Tesori Lyrics by Dick Scanlan)


Elise Wilson

Distinguished Young Woman of Southern Utah County

Parents: Keith & JaNae Wilson
College Preference: Brigham Young University
Career Goals: Involved in the STEM fields
Talent: Flute Solo (Giga from Sonata in F Major, by by George Frideric Handel Op. 1, No. 1)


Caroline HIckey

Distinguished Young Woman of Southern Utah County

Parents: John & Emily Hickey
College Preference: Brigham Young University
Career Goals: bio medical engineering
Talent: Vocal Solo (Bel Piacere, by George Frideric Handel)