Distinguished Young Women OF Texas

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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Nicole Wu
Distinguished Young Woman of Texas for 2023
State Program Information

Class of 2024 Program

January 27 and 28

The Woodlands College Park High School
3701 College Park Dr
The Woodlands, TX 77384

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. Participants are evaluated in the areas of: scholastics, interview, talent, self-expression, and fitness.

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2023 Distinguished Young Woman of Texas

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Nicole Wu
FromSugar Land
University PreferenceUT Austin
Career GoalPhysician-Scientist

2023 DYW of Fort Bend County

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Nicole Wu
Sugar Land

University Preference
UT Austin

Career Goal

2x USA Biology Olympiad Semifinalist (2022, 2023) Science Olympiad Botany 5th Place National Medalist (2022)Science Olympiad TX State Competition- 1st Place Botany, 2nd Place Anatomy and Physiology, 4th Place Disease Detectives, National Qualifier (2023) Science Olympiad TX State Competition- 1st Place Disease Detectives, 2nd Place Anatomy and Physiology, National Qualifier (2022) Certificate of Recognition from City of Sugar Land and MayorNationals 1st Overall Senior Solo- Legacy National Dance Competition (2022) Academic Excellence (2020, 2021, 2022)AP Scholar with Distinction Ascension State Challenge 2nd Place Ensemble- Self-Choreographed (2022) Zuowendasai International Chinese Writing - 2nd Place

Science Olympiad(Co-President)Biology OlympiadVarsity Dance Team (Captain)Student VoicesResearch at Baylor College of MedicineScience University Scholastic LeagueNational Chinese Honor Society (Vice President)Alliance of Youth Leaders in America/AYLUS (Co-President)I-FEST/International Festival

Stay Fit At Home (Founder)- To promote mental and physical healthDance & Music Performances at Gigi's Playhouse for children with Downs SyndromeMath and Reading Lab-Tutor students who request extra help from their counselorsButterfly Garden - Making the community park more beautiful

2024 State Participants

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Brianna  Andrews
University PreferenceTexas A&M International University
Career GoalPhysician Assistant
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Sanjana Arulkumaran
University PreferenceStanford University, UT Austin
Career GoalDoctor
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Gabrielle Avila
CityCorpus Christi
University PreferenceRice University
Career Goal
TalentPiano Performance
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Saylor Benetti
University PreferenceColumbia University
Career GoalNews Reporter
TalentInformative Speaking
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Trisha Botcha
CitySugar Land
University PreferenceUniversity of Southern California
Career GoalEntrepreneur
TalentHip Hop Dance
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Diya Brijesh
University PreferenceUniversity of Pennsylvania, Brown University, or UT Austin
Career GoalComputer Science, M&T, Or Sts Major
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Grace Chu
University PreferenceRice University
Career GoalPhysician And/Or Teacher
TalentChinese Dance
Addison Doss
University PreferenceSamford
Career GoalEmergency Flight Nurse/ Global Leadership
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Elisa Garcia
CityLeague City
University PreferenceUniversity of Texas at Austin
Career GoalComputer Scientist
TalentMartial Arts Demonstration
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Adrianna  Guse
University Preference
Career Goal
TalentTap Dance
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Talia Hays-Perkins
CityRound Rock
University PreferenceEmory University
Career GoalNeuroscientist
TalentScientific Monologue
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Sameeksha Jayaprakash
University PreferenceRice University
Career GoalLaw
TalentIndian Classical Dance
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Jessica Ji
CitySugar Land
University PreferenceUndecided
Career GoalPhysician Scientist
TalentPiano Performance
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Taelor Krueger
University PreferenceHarvard or Baylor
Career GoalI Want To Become A Pediatric Neurosurgeon
TalentCosmetology Updo
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Meghana Kunapareddy
University PreferenceUniversity of Pennsylvania or UT Austin
Career GoalCareer In Business Or Diplomacy
TalentBhartanatyam Classical Dance
Joy Lan
CitySugar Land
University PreferenceUT, A&M, UTD, Rice
Career GoalHealthcare Management, Music, Business
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Elizabeth Miri
CityCedar Park
University PreferenceUndecided
Career GoalInternational Development
TalentMartial Arts Ballet
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Anusha Narway
University PreferenceBrown University, Georgetown University, UT Austin
Career GoalOrthopedic Surgeon, Dermatologist, Politician
TalentBollywood Dance
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Aislinn Navarro
University Preference
Career GoalBiology
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Mekiah Nickerson
University PreferenceUniversity of Southern California
Career GoalHuman Resource Management
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Corthney Onyewuenyi
University PreferenceUniversity of Texas at Dallas
Career GoalBiomedical Engineer
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Shivani Patel
CityLeague City
University Preference4 year college/university
Career GoalOncology/Genetics Research
TalentInstrument And Vocals
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Sarina Shah
University PreferenceUT, Duke, Rice University
Career GoalPhysician And/Or Entreprenuer
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Advika Sharma
University Preference
Career Goal
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Sara Smith
University PreferenceStanford
Career GoalBiomedical Engineer
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Nishi Soni
University PreferenceHarvard University
Career GoalPediatric Surgery
TalentScientific Innovation
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Jayla Sumlin
CityRound Rock
University PreferenceUniversity of Michigan, Texas State
Career GoalMusical Theater Performer, Author, Esthetician
TalentVocal Performance
Aishwaryaa Udeshi
CitySugar Land
University PreferenceUT Austin, Texas A&M
Career GoalMachine Learning Professor/Researcher
TalentFlexibility Routine
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Emma Wang
CitySugar Land
University PreferenceUT Austin/USC
Career GoalMarketing/Psychology
TalentViolin Performance
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Kathleen Yu
University Preference
Career Goal
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