Distinguished Young Women OF North Carolina

is part of a national scholarship program that promotes and rewards scholastics, leadership and talent in young women. Earn scholarships for higher education, personally develop through the DYW Life Skills Workshops, and make new friends from around the state.

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Madison Parkerson
Distinguished Young Woman of North Carolina for 2023
State Program Information

Class of 2024 Program

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College scholarships are awarded at the state level and millions in college-granted scholarships are available nationally. The state representative will advance to the national program for the opportunity to compete for cash tuition scholarships. To participate, you must be in your junior of high school. Participants are evaluated in the areas of: scholastics, interview, talent, self-expression, and fitness.

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2023 Distinguished Young Woman of North Carolina

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Madison Parkerson
University PreferenceEast Carolina University
Career GoalElementary Education

2023 Distinguished Young Woman of North Carolina

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Madison Parkerson

University Preference
East Carolina University

Career Goal
Elementary Education

2 Gold President's Volunteer Service Award National Honor Society Phi Theta Kappa Highest Average in Spanish 1 Catapult Design Project Winner Highest Fundraising Team at the "Run to Victory" Annual 5K

Competitive DanceVolunteer Dance Education Scholar Teacher Program ParticipantRedemption Outreach Christian Center Youth GroupRubik’s Cube ClubBreak Out Box Club

Raised over $20,000 for Victory Junction CampHosted an annual toy drive for the Ronald McDonald House Decorating and maintaining Redemption Outreach Christian Center8-time Teammate and fundraiser for the "Run to Victory" annual 5K

2024 State Participants

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Meredith Anderson
University PreferenceUNC Chapel Hill
Career GoalI Plan On Majoring In Marketing And Pursue A Career In Public Relations.
TalentMusical Theater Dance
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Leah Blevins
University PreferenceNorth Carolina State
Career GoalLab Technician
TalentTap Dance
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Peyton Douglas
University PreferenceNC State University and UNC Chapel Hill
Career GoalEngineering
TalentContemporary Dance
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Madalyn Hughes
University PreferenceBaylor University
Career GoalAdvanced Practice Nurse Or Medical Administration
TalentPoetic Monologue
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Liberty Jones
University PreferenceNorth Carolina State University
Career GoalArchitectural Engineering
TalentExpedition Rifle Routine
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Diksha Krishnaswamy
University PreferenceUNC Chapel Hill
Career GoalPhysician
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Alyssa Lee
University PreferenceCentral Piedmont Community College
Career GoalI Hope To One Day Be A Therapist, After Completing 2 Years Of Community Collge Then Moving On To 2 4 More Years At A University.
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Haynes Lewis
University PreferenceDuke University
Career GoalPre Med Pathway
TalentContemporary Lyrical On Pointe
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Haleigh Long
University PreferenceNorth Carolina State University
Career GoalArchitect And Interior Design Or Engineering
TalentContemporary Dance
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Madison Shortt
University PreferenceUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Career GoalPsychotherapy
TalentTap Dance
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Joslynn Smith
CityRoanoke Rapids
University PreferenceVanderbilt University/Harvard Law School
Career GoalEnglish Literature/Lawyer
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Phoebe Spradley
University PreferenceECU, Liberty University
Career GoalCounseling/Teaching
TalentLyrical Dance
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Anna Grace Tyson
CityElm City
University PreferenceLiberty University
Career GoalState Representative
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Caitlin Waters
University PreferenceUNCW or ECU
Career GoalMusical Theatre
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