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!



Jacquelyn Smith



Parents: Russell & Marianne Smith
College Preference: BYU (undergrad), U of U (medical school)
Career Goals: OB-GYN
Talent: Tumbling/Dance Routine ("We Run The Night", by Havana Brown)


Sasha Sloan



Parents: Brent & Shauna Sloan
College Preference: Georgetown University, Masters Degree
Career Goals: Political Broadcasting, NYT Bestselling Author
Talent: Vocal Presentation (show tune) (The Mad Hatter, by Frank Wildhorn)


Shannon Call

Distinguished Young Woman of Alpine Central

Parents: Wayne & Bonnie Call
College Preference: Brigham Young University
Career Goals: Elementary Education or Architecture and Design
Talent: Ballet Solo (Don Quixote Variation No.21, by Leon Minkus)


Electra Cochran

Distinguished Young Woman of Alpine East

Parents: Terral & Nina Cochran
College Preference: BYU, University of Utah
Career Goals: Nurse, Physical Therapist, Teacher, Musician
Talent: Violin Solo (Czardas, by Vittorio Monti)


Abigail Newell

Distinguished Young Woman of Alpine North

Parents: Lloyd & Karmel Newell
College Preference: Brigham Young University Provo
Career Goals: Broadcast News and Communications
Talent: Piano Solo (Wedding Day at Troldhaugen, Op. 65 No. 6, by Edvard Grieg)


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)


Brenn Parker

Distinguished Young Woman of Bountiful Central

Parents: Todd & Allison Parker
College Preference: BYU
Career Goals: Major in Music
Talent: Flute Solo (Carnaval de Venice, by Paul Agricole Genin)


Elizabeth Larson

Distinguished Young Woman of Bountiful North

Parents: Jared & Tracy Larson
College Preference: Brigham Young University
Career Goals: Athletic Trainer
Talent: Piano Solo (Within, by William Joseph)


Sarah Wilson

Distinguished Young Woman of Bountiful South

Parents: Karl & Amy Wilson
College Preference: Brigham Young University
Career Goals: Special Education Teacher
Talent: Vocal Presentation (show tune) (Gimme Gimme, by Jeanine Tesori and Dick Scanlan)


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: BYU University
Career Goals: Pediatric Occupational Therapist
Talent: Piano (Prelude Opus 6, #6, 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)


Kelsey Jardine

Distinguished Young Woman of Cedar Hills

Parents: Ross & Jamie Jardine
College Preference: Brigham Young University
Career Goals: High School Math Teacher
Talent: Lyrical Dance Solo (Light by Sleeping At Last, by Choreographed by Morgan Merideth)


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)


Whitney Eversole

Distinguished Young Woman of Farmington

Parents: Andrew & Alyson Eversole
College Preference: BYU, George Washington University
Career Goals: Music, Physics
Talent: Piano Solo (Prelude in G Minor, by Sergei Rachmaninoff)


Hayley DeWitt

Distinguished Young Woman of Herriman

Parents: Renn & Sara DeWitt
College Preference: Brigham Young University
Career Goals: Computer Science/Computer Programming
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 (Souvenir D'Amerique (Yankee Doodle), by Henri Vieuxtemps)


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: Contemporary (To Build A Home by Cinematic Orchestra, by Choreographed by Morgan Meredith)


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)


Bailey DeVries

Distinguished Young Woman of Marriott Slaterville

Parents: Darren & Jennifer DeVries
College Preference: BYU Provo
Career Goals: Actress, Theatre/ Vocal Teacher
Talent: Dramatic Monologue (I Never Saw Another Butterfly, by Celeste Raspanti)


Sabrina Jex

Distinguished Young Woman of Orem

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


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: Criminal Psychology
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: Sign Language Teacher, Business Degree
Talent: Lyrical 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: Pre-Med, Dentistry, or Archeology
Talent: Polynesian Dancing (Tahitian Drumbeats, by Various Polynesian Drummers)


Kiylee Christensen

Distinguished Young Woman of South Jordan

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


Hannah Allred

Distinguished Young Woman of South Ogden

College Preference: Univ of Utah, Weber State Univ, Utah State Univ
Career Goals: Pediatrcian, Surgeon, Physical Therapist, Graphics
Talent: Vocal/Guitar


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)


McKenzie Swasey

Distinguished Young Woman of West Haven

Parents: Jade & Janette Swasey
College Preference: BYU Provo, Utah State University
Career Goals: Medical Field, Performing Arts
Talent: Vocal Presentation (For Good, by Stephen Schwartz)