Distinguished Young Women OF Kentucky

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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Claire Martin
Distinguished Young Woman of Kentucky for 2023
State Program Information

Class of 2024 Program

January 12-13, 2024

Singletary Center for the Arts, Lexington

1st Prelim - Fri. January 12 at 7:00 pm EST
2nd Prelim - Sat. January 13 at 11:00 am EST
Finals - Sat. January 13 at 7:00 pm EST

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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 Kentucky

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Claire Martin
University PreferenceUniversity of Kentucky
Career GoalPhysician/ Physical Therapist

2023 Distinguished Young Woman of Kentucky

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Claire Martin

University Preference
University of Kentucky

Career Goal
Physician/ Physical Therapist

Salutatorian of George Rogers Clark's Class of 2023 (out of 355)University of Kentucky Top Scholarship-4 Year Otis A SingletarySelected for and Attended Governor's Scholars Program (2022)AP Scholar (2020-2023)Morehead State Eagle Scholar (2022-2023)Kentucky Education Excellence Scholarship (2020-2023)Piano Star Student, Performed most Difficult Piece, 2 Years Selected team Best Attorney at the Regional Competition (2022-2023)Highest Dance Placement at Dancer's Pointe; Soloist (2019-2023)Selected Representative to Miss Business Junior Achievement Seminar

Studio Dancer at Dancer's Pointe for 14 years; Summer Program 8 Years Piano Student at Anna K. Vicker's School of Music for 13 Years Physical Therapy Technician (2023)Dance Teacher's Assistant 6 Years/ Dance Teacher (2022-2023)Varsity Mock Trial Team (9th-Current)Winchester Dance Ensemble, Performances in Disney World and Nashville Broadcaster for GRC Newscast (George Rogers Clark) 2021-2022Calvary Youth Group every Wednesday and SundayKentucky Youth Assembly State Conference- Commonwealth Team MemberCo-founder of "The Great Reading Club" at my High School

Volunteer Peer Tutor with Mentors and Meals Program (2021-2023)Volunteer Wesley Woods Summer camp Junior Counselor since 7th Grade Dance Red Event at George Rogers Clark Fundraiser for Childhood Cancer Shearer Elementary "Read Across America"Guest Reader- 2023, Field day-2021-22Backstage Crew for Dancer's Pointer Performances (2020-2023)

2024 State Participants

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Olivia Ashley
University PreferenceIndiana University or University of Missouri
Career GoalBroadcast Journalist
TalentVocal Performance
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Amira Bowman
University PreferenceBellarmine University
Career GoalA Career In Public Policy
TalentTap Dancing
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Molly Brady
University PreferenceUniversity of Kentucky
Career GoalPharmacist
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Kyra  Cain
University PreferenceAsbury University
Career GoalKyra Plans To Earn A Degree In Exercise Science, Pre Physical Therapy. Then Go On To Complete School To Become A Physical Therapist.
TalentTheatrical Performance
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Rachel Cavanah
University PreferenceBall State University
Career GoalI Would Love To Work In Musical Theater Professionally.
TalentMusical Theater Song
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Shelby Cole
CityWest Liberty
University PreferenceMorehead State University
Career GoalVeterinarian
TalentBallet En Pointe
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Ellen Fei
University PreferenceJohns Hopkins University
Career GoalPhysician
TalentGuzheng Instrumental Performance
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Elisabeth Gifford
CitySalt Lick
University Preference
Career GoalCosmetologist
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Madelyn  Goeing
University PreferenceUniversity of Kentucky
Career GoalMy Career Goals Are To Become A Registered Nurse And Then Later Advance To A Nurse Practitioner In Hopes Of Owning My Own Practice.
TalentAcrobatic Routine
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Samantha Gourd
CityMount Washington
University PreferenceCampbellsville University
Career GoalMajor In Social Work With A Minor In Psychology. Love To Become A Family Resource And Youth Service Center Coordinator.
TalentDance Jazz
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Madison Guse
University PreferenceLipscomb University
Career GoalPediatric Nurse
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Chloe Hall
University PreferenceUniversity of Kentucky
Career GoalDentist
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Lauren Harrod
University PreferenceUniversity of Mississippi
Career GoalDouble Major In International Affairs And French With A Minor In Intelligence And Security Studies
TalentJazz Performance
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Hannah Hash
University PreferenceWestern Kentucky University
Career GoalAttorney
TalentContemporary Dance
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Wittley Jacobs
CityMount Sterling
University PreferenceUniversity of Kentucky
Career GoalPhysical Therapist Or Optometrist
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Olivia  Jefferson
CityBowling Green
University PreferenceSewanee: The University of the South
Career GoalNeurology
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Abby Jones
University PreferenceWestern Kentucky University
Career GoalMy Career Goals Involve The Incorporation Of My Main Interests In Life, Which Include Music, Art, And World History.
TalentPiano, Singing, Songwriting
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Meredith Kelley
University PreferenceUniversity of Kentucky
Career GoalAgricultural Sales Representative
TalentPointe Ballet
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Claire  Larmour
University PreferenceUniversity of Kentucky
Career GoalSocial Media Marketing / Interior Design
TalentContemporary Dance
Natalie Northcutt
University PreferenceUniversity of Kentucky
Career GoalFuneral Director
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Claire-Elizabeth Patterson
University PreferenceUniversity of Cincinnati and Shenandoah University
Career GoalMusical Theatre Bfa With A Minor In Dance And Arts Administration
TalentSinging Ventriloquism
Kylie Pirtle
University PreferenceUndecided
Career GoalLawyer
TalentTap Dancing
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Madison Prather
University PreferenceMorehead State University
Career GoalBecoming A Lawyer Then Open My Own Firm In Florida.
Sophia Price
CityOlive Hill
University PreferenceMorehead State University
Career GoalVeterinary Technology
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Claire Robison
University PreferenceFreed Hardeman University
Career GoalBusiness/Marketing
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Ainsley Roby
University PreferenceWestern Kentucky University
Career GoalLicensed Architect
TalentPiano Presentation
Emily Seaton
University PreferenceUniversity of Kentucky
Career GoalPre Law Or Advertising And Marketing
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Karlie Sims
University PreferenceUniversity of Kentucky
Career GoalMedical Field Pediatrics
TalentMusical Performance Trumpet
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Danielle (Dani) Story
University PreferenceEastern Kentucky University
Career GoalOptometrist Or Travel Nurse
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Jillian Grace  Thompson
University PreferenceUndecided
Career GoalLawyer
TalentCheer And Tumbling Routine
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Alyssa Walker
University PreferenceWestern Kentucky University
Career GoalBusiness Owner And/Or Career In Performing Arts
TalentContemporary Dance
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Lindsey Werner
University PreferenceUniversity of Kentucky
Career GoalMarketing
TalentContemporary Dance
Hannah Yates
University PreferenceTemple University, University of Louisville
Career GoalClinical Psychologist With A Doctorate In Psych
TalentSinging And Playing Flute
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