Distinguished Young Women OF Rhode Island

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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Makena Petsch
Distinguished Young Woman of Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island

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Makena Petsch
University PreferenceUniversity of Alabama
Career GoalSpecial Needs Educator

2023 Distinguished Young Woman of Rhode Island

Photo of Makena Petsch
Makena Petsch

University Preference
University of Alabama

Career Goal
Special Needs Educator

2022 National Honor Society- Gymnastics Gymnastics Coaches Award- Rising to any Challenge 2022 2022 Rhode Island Civic Leadership Award Keri Anne O’Donnell - Keri’s Krew

Community Theater ages 5-16Cross country grade 9Dance grade 10Gymnastics grades 9-12Meistersingers grades 9-12National Honor Society. Grades 11-12School Gymnastics grades 9-12School Musicals grades 9-12Student Council grades 11-12

Academy Players of RI- grades 9-12. 40+ hoursCamp Mauchatea for the Blind - grades 9-12. 150+hoursPPAC Greeter Program- grade 11. 16 hours

2024 State Participants

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