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 2015 Distinguished Young Women of Utah program. Want to participate? Apply now!



Sarah Kanell

Distinguished Young Woman of Beaver

Parents: Leo & Melissa Kanell
College Preference: University of Utah
Career Goals: Physician's Assistant
Talent: Violin Solo (Meditation from Thais, by Jules Massenet)


Emilee Hamilton

Distinguished Young Woman of Cache County

Parents: Clair & Shelley Hamilton
College Preference: Utah State University
Career Goals: Physical Therapist
Talent: Flute Solo (Carnival of Venice, by P.A. Genin )


Amanda Anderson

Distinguished Young Woman of Cache County

Parents: Dennis & Janeen Anderson
College Preference: USU to finish associates-mission-BYU for bachelors
Career Goals: Ped. Occ. Therapist.,Radilology, Anesthesiologist
Talent: Piano (6th Prelude, by Robert Muczynski)


Karissa Peck

Distinguished Young Woman of Cache County

Parents: Sharik & Cheryl Peck
College Preference: Brigham Young University
Career Goals: Chinese Immersion Education
Talent: Flute Solo (Swiss Air Variation, by Theobald Boehm)


Alexah Coon

Distinguished Young Woman of Draper

Parents: Christopher & Kimberly Coon
College Preference: Brigham Young University
Career Goals: Musician, harpist
Talent: Harp Solo (Great Day, by Nancy Gustavson)


Hayley DeWitt

Distinguished Young Woman of Herriman

Parents: Renn & Sara DeWitt
College Preference: Brigham Young University
Career Goals: Business Management
Talent: Violin Solo (Czardas, by Vittorio Monti)


Yuna Page

Distinguished Young Woman of Highland Central

Parents: Jared & Miwa Page
College Preference: Brigham Young University
Career Goals: Medical Field, Radiologist
Talent: Violin Solo (Oborozukiyo, by A Japanese Traditional Song Arranged by Yuna Page)


Whitney Rovig

Distinguished Young Woman of Highland East

Parents: Troy & Stephanie Rovig
College Preference: Brigham Young University Hawaii
Career Goals: Interior Design/School Teacher
Talent: Dance (I Can't Make You Love Me -Luna Lune & John Allred, by Whitney Rovig)


Shae Modersitzki

Distinguished Young Woman of Highland North

Parents: Marc & Marci Modersitzki
College Preference: Brigham Young University
Career Goals: Nutritionist
Talent: Stylized Jazz Piece (Por Una Cabeza by Carlos Gardel, by Choreographed by Lea Tucker)


Reagan Curtis

Distinguished Young Woman of Highland West

Parents: Bradley & Nanette Curtis
College Preference: Duke University or Brigham Young University
Career Goals: Political Science and International Relations
Talent: Poetry Presentation (Birthday, by Andrea Gibson)


Sabrina Jex

Distinguished Young Woman of Orem

Parents: Kaylen & Wendy Jex
College Preference: Brigham Young University
Career Goals: Bachelor's and Master's Degree, Dance teacher
Talent: Contemporary Ballet (November (Composer Max Richter), by Choreographer Joni McDonald)


Rio Turnbull

Distinguished Young Woman of Riverton North

Parents: James & Satoko Turnbull
College Preference: Brigham Young University
Career Goals: Social Work
Talent: Staged recitation of a memorized poem (Why We Tell Stories, by Lisel Mueller)


Sydnee Hibbs

Distinguished Young Woman of Riverton South

Parents: R. Hibbs & Cheri Workman
College Preference: BYU
Career Goals: 1st grade teacher
Talent: Dancing (Human by Christina Perry)


Alexandra Kaelin

Distinguished Young Woman of Salt Lake City

Parents: Richard & Mary Kaelin
College Preference: Brigham Young University
Career Goals: Neo-Natal Nursing
Talent: Singing (L-O-V-E, by Nat King Cole)


Karissa Schmid

Distinguished Young Woman of Sandy North

Parents: Douglas & Stephanie Schmid
College Preference: Pepperdine, BYU, DSU, or University of Utah
Career Goals: Psychology, Sociology, Criminology or FBI
Talent: Vocal Presentation (French Opera) (L'Amour est oiseu rebelle (Habanera), by Georges Bizet)


Cierra Breen

Distinguished Young Woman of Sandy South

Parents: Curtis & Diane Breen
College Preference: BYU, SDSU, University of Utah
Career Goals: Business, Education, Sign Language
Talent: dance (All of the Stars, by Ed Sheeran)


Kaela Afoa

Distinguished Young Woman of Sandy West

Parents: Peresitene & Lori Afoa
College Preference: Brigham Young University, Hawaii
Career Goals: Dentistry
Talent: Polynesian Dancing (Tahitian Drumbeats, by Various Polynesian Drummers)


Kiylee Christensen

Distinguished Young Woman of South Jordan

College Preference: Brigham Young University
Career Goals: Major education Minor Dance
Talent: Pointe Ballet (Reflection form Mulan, by Matthew Wilder and David Zippel)


Kaitlyn Kidman

Distinguished Young Woman of St. George

Parents: Randal Kidman & Rachel Kidman
College Preference: BYU
Career Goals: Nursing
Talent: Vocal Presentation (A Change in Me , by Alan Menken )


Victoria Brandt

Distinguished Young Woman of Stansbury Park

Parents: Matthew & Christy Brandt
College Preference: Utah State University
Career Goals: Music Therapist
Talent: Violin Solo (Concerto No. 1 Mvt. 1, by J. S. Bach)