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!



Sarah Matthews

Distinguished Young Woman of Alpine Central

Parents: Einar & Julie Schow
College Preference: Brigham Young University, Utah State University
Career Goals: Secondary Education Teacher
Talent: Contemporary Dance (Halo (Intrumental), by Beyone Knowles)


Brett Peper

Distinguished Young Woman of Alpine East

Parents: Darin & Heather Peper
College Preference: BYU or University of Utah
Career Goals: Some type of surgeon
Talent: Playing Piano (Prelude in C# Minor, by Rachmaninoff)


Kylie Karren

Distinguished Young Woman of Alpine South

Parents: Tom & Carisa Karren
College Preference: Brigham Young University
Career Goals: Graphic Designer, Wellness Chiropractor
Talent: Piano Solo (Midnight Escapade, by Melody Bober)


Haleigh Barney

Distinguished Young Woman of Alpine West

Parents: Dean & Lorie Barney
College Preference: Brigham Young University
Career Goals: Accountant - Piano/Dance Instructor
Talent: Pointe Solo (Reflections of Passion, by Yanni)


Jessica Fielding

Distinguished Young Woman of Cache County North

Parents: Vernon & Cydna Fielding
College Preference: Utah State
Career Goals: Become a business manager
Talent: Clogging (Flo Rida Mix, by Choreographed by Autumn Coats )


Anna Harrison

Distinguished Young Woman of Cache County South

Parents: Kim & Joan Harrison
College Preference: Utah State University
Career Goals: Possibly interior design or landscape architecture
Talent: Violin Solo ("La Folia", by A. Corelli)


Haley Sorenson

Distinguished Young Woman of Davis County Central

Parents: David & Kathy Sorenson
College Preference: BYU Provo or Utah State
Career Goals: Possibly a nutritionist or piano teacher
Talent: Piano Solo (Le Salon de Musique, by Eugenie Rocherolle)


Summer Sloan

Distinguished Young Woman of Davis County East

Parents: Brent & Shauna Sloan
College Preference: BYU, NYU, UVU
Career Goals: Broadway and Hollywood Actress
Talent: Vocal Presentation (show tune) (The Phantom of The Opera, by The Phantom of the Opera - Andrew Lloyd Weber)


Madison Taylor

Distinguished Young Woman of Davis County North

Parents: Robert & Loriann Taylor
College Preference: BYU, Westminster, Stanford University, USC
Career Goals: Pediatric Psychology, Political Advisor
Talent: Dance ("Stuff Like That There" by Bette Midler, by Choreographed by Lea Kate Wride)


Maren Cline

Distinguished Young Woman of Davis County South

Parents: Russell & Melou Cline
College Preference: BYU NYU, U of U
Career Goals: Vocal/harp performance, music therapy, medicine
Talent: Harp Solo (Fire Dance, by David Watkins)


Samantha Tse

Distinguished Young Woman of Draper

Parents: Tommy & Susan Tse
College Preference: Johns Hopkins University, University of Utah
Career Goals: Registered Nurse, Pediatric Oncologist
Talent: Guitar Solo (Here Comes the Sun, by George Harrison, arranged by Larry Beekman)


Natasha Keller

Distinguished Young Woman of Grantsville

Parents: Kevin & Pamela Keller
College Preference: Southern Utah University
Career Goals: Mental Health Counselor, using Spanish and Art.
Talent: Color Guard Routine (Embers, by Owl City)


Sabrina Reilley

Distinguished Young Woman of Highland East

Parents: Dan & Debbie Reilley
College Preference: Brigham Young University
Career Goals: Journalism
Talent: Lyrical Dance (My Dear Old Friend (by Patty Griffin), by Choreographed by Stacy Bills)


Maddi Bishoff

Distinguished Young Woman of Highland North

Parents: Jay & Kris Bishoff
College Preference: Brigham Young University
Career Goals: Physical Therapist
Talent: Vocal Presentation (Belt) (Up to the Mountain, by Patty Griffin (cover Kelly Clarkson))


Camille Carter

Distinguished Young Woman of Highland West

Parents: Melvin & Allison Carter
College Preference: Brigham Young University
Career Goals: Psychology
Talent: Original Piano Composition (Lumieres in E Minor, by Camille Carter)


Brynn Christensen

Distinguished Young Woman of Lehi

Parents: Kyle & Rama Christensen
College Preference: Utah State University
Career Goals: Business Marketing/MBA
Talent: Violin Solo (Roumanian Dances, by Bela Bartok)


Shannon Hirschi

Distinguished Young Woman of Orem

Parents: Ronald & Terry Hirschi
College Preference: Columbia University or University of Utah
Career Goals: Biomedical engineering
Talent: Piano Solo (Piano Concerto No. 1 First Movement Theme Op. 1, by Sergei Rachmaninoff)


Alta Huff

Distinguished Young Woman of Sandy

Parents: Shurwin & Brenda Huff
College Preference: Brigham Young University, University of Utah
Career Goals: Neuropsychologist, Music Teacher
Talent: Violin Solo (Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs) Opus 20 No.1 3rd Mvt., by Pablo de Sarasate)


Diane Graham

Distinguished Young Woman of Saratoga Springs

Parents: William Graham & Carolyn Webster
College Preference: Brigahm Young University
Career Goals: Ultra Sound Technician & M.A in vocal performance
Talent: Piano Solo (Excerpts from Revolutionary Etude , by Frédéric François Chopin)


Emily Wilson

Distinguished Young Woman of Spanish Fork

Parents: Keith & JaNae Wilson
College Preference: Brigham Young University
Career Goals: Author, Educator (Music Teacher)
Talent: Viola Solo (Suite No. 1 in G Major Prelude , by Johann Sebastian Bach)


Lauren Johnson

Distinguished Young Woman of Utah

Parents: Joey & Wendy Johnson
College Preference: BYU school of Business and Marketing
Career Goals: MBA in Business, Business Owner, Global non-profit
Talent: Instrumental - Piano (Bumble Boogie, by Rimsky-Korsakov, arr. Cziffra/Fina)


Katelyn Bello

Distinguished Young Woman of West Jordan North

Parents: Craig & Trisha Bello
College Preference: Brigham Young University
Career Goals: Public Relations Specialist
Talent: Contemporary Dance (Sweeter Things, by Asa)


Julianne Binns

Distinguished Young Woman of West Jordan South

Parents: Matthew & Judy Binns
College Preference: BYU & Study Abroad in Europe & Egypt
Career Goals: Anthropology and Archeology
Talent: Irish Dance ("Tell Me Ma", by Choreographed by Brittany Wride )