Distinguished Young Women OF Oregon

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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Kiele Jarnagin
Distinguished Young Woman of Oregon for 2023
State Program Information

Class of 2024 Program

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Life-Changing Experience

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 Oregon

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Kiele Jarnagin
University PreferenceWillamette University
Career GoalTheatre Performer/Theatre Teacher

2023 Distinguished Young Woman of Oregon

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Kiele Jarnagin

University Preference
Willamette University

Career Goal
Theatre Performer/Theatre Teacher

All American CheerHonor RollNational Qualifier Solo Experienced Acting Oregon School Athletics Association Academic All StarOregon Youth Impact AwardSolo and Ensemble 2nd Alternate State Finalist Playwriting DivisionState Qualifier Solo Experienced ActingTalented and GiftedVarsity Letter in Cheer (4 Years)

Adapted The Great GatsbyAssemblies DirectorCheer Camp CounselorCheer Team CaptainCheer Team Social Media ManagerClass President (4 Years)Director/Playwright of Finding HopeDistrict Advisory CouncilGarden Club President (4 Years)National Honor Society President (4 Years)

City Dance Theatre Tech VolunteerKAL ClubKeizer Library Youth Scholastic Summer Program Marion-Polk Food Bank DrivesOregon Fairy tale Project

2024 State Participants

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KaraAnn Akers
CityLa Grande
University PreferenceAndrews University
Career GoalVeterinary Science
TalentLine Dance
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Gabriela Carrillo
University PreferenceUniversity of Portland
Career GoalPediatric Surgeon Or Ob Gyn
TalentBallet Folklorico
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Tanisha Chitlur
University PreferenceTexas A&M or ASU Barretts Honors College
Career GoalComputer Engineer
TalentMusical Performance
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Blen Ermias
University PreferenceUniversity of Washington
Career GoalEngineer (Computer Or Aerospace)
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Laurissa Larimer
University PreferenceBrigham Young University
Career GoalMarketing Management
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Madison Lietz
University PreferenceOregon State University
Career GoalCommunications And Journalism
TalentOriginal Poem
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Nesara Shree
University PreferenceStanford University
Career GoalBiomedical Computation & Ai Researcher
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Jeilane Stewart
CityThe Dalles
University PreferenceUniversity of Arizona
Career GoalTravel Nurse
TalentTahitian Dance
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