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.

While we await the first of the participants, below is a list of last year's participants for Distinguished Young Women of Utah. 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) ("Woman" from The Pirate Queen, by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil)


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 (Csardas, 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: Pharmacist
Talent: Violin Solo (Russian Fantasia No. 2, by Leo Portnoff)


Brenn Parker

Distinguished Young Woman of Bountiful Central

Parents: Todd & Allison Parker
College Preference: BYU
Career Goals: Major in Flute Performance
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)


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, University of Utah
Career Goals: B.A. and M.A., University Professor
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: Carl & Sandy Christensen
College Preference: Utah Valley University
Career Goals: Elem. & Dance Teacher, Entrepreneur, City Mayor
Talent: Pointe Ballet (Fariy of the Enchanted Garden, by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Ivan Vsevolozhsky)


Hannah Allred

Distinguished Young Woman of South Ogden

Parents: John & Mischelle Allred
College Preference: Weber State Univ, Univ of Utah, Utah State Univ
Career Goals: Physical Therapist, Pediatrician, or Graphics
Talent: Vocal/Guitar (Fly, by Hannah Allred)


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)


Whitney Eversole

Distinguished Young Woman of Utah

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


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 (I got the Sun in the Morning, by Irving Berlin)