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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Grace Chu
Distinguished Young Woman of Texas for 2024
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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2024 Distinguished Young Woman of Texas

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Grace Chu
University PreferenceUniversity of Houston
Career GoalPrimary Care Physician

2024 Distinguished Young Woman of Bellaire

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Grace Chu

University Preference
University of Houston

Career Goal
Primary Care Physician

BSA Eagle Scout: conducted Eagle project with 200+ hrs, earned 21 merit badges and 6 prior ranksHouston Premedical Academy: conditional acceptance into Baylor College of Medicine’s medical schoolPrincipal’s Junior Student of the Year: chosen by all school staff for academic merit and characterPrincipal’s Leadership Recognition: for implementing free period pad drawers in all the school’s female restroomsPerfect Score on AP Seminar: 1 of the 0.07% of students globally to earn all possible pointsRecognition for Excellence in AP Biology: for academic merit and tutoring peers Dance of Asian America Cultural Ambassador Scholarship: recognition for community performancesAP Scholar with Distinction AwardCommended National Merit ScholarCast as Clara for Dance of Asian America Nutcracker Production

Boy Scouts of America: taught outdoor skills, held leadership, volunteeredDance of Asian America Academy: weekly 10 hr dance rehearsals and trainingStudent Council (President): coordinated diversity and SEL school-wide eventsChinese Club (President): taught Chinese language and dance to studentsScribe for Nurture Pediatrics: took patient histories and presented chartsNational Youth Leadership Training Staff: trained Scouts in leadership rolesFormosa Cultural Ambassador: shared Taiwan culture, met local Taiwanese leadersBible Study Leader: facilitated youth group discussions on scriptureHISD Central Division Student Advisory Team: advocated for student concerns/initiativesBook Buddies: trained teens to read to low literacy children, read to youth

Houston Zoo Teen Naturalist (200+ hrs): educate zoo guests and youth on conservationDance of Asian America (500+ hrs): 10+ annual free performances; ft by Houston mayor, Fox26Lunar New Year Volunteer Coordinator (50 hrs): recruited and organized student volunteers for a community eventNYLT Assistant Senior Patrol Leader of Service (50 hrs): filled waters; cleaned bathrooms and camp facilitiesStudent Council Student Voice Committee (100 hrs): led COVID-19 vaccine drives and menstrual product drives

2024 State Participants

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Brianna  Andrews
University PreferenceSt. Mary's University
Career GoalPhysician Assistant
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Sanjana Arulkumaran
University PreferenceUniversity of Pennsylvania, UT Austin
Career GoalPhysician
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Gabrielle Avila
CityCorpus Christi
University PreferenceRice University
Career Goal
TalentPiano Performance
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Saylor Benetti
University PreferenceYale University
Career GoalUs Senator
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Trisha Botcha
CitySugar Land
University PreferenceUniversity of Southern California
Career GoalEntrepreneur
TalentHip Hop Martial Arts
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Grace Chu
University PreferenceUniversity of Houston
Career GoalPrimary Care Physician
TalentChinese Sword Dance
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Emma Conrey
University PreferenceThe University of Texas at Austin
Career GoalResearch In Chemistry
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Addison Doss
University PreferenceTrinity University
Career GoalPhysical Therapist, Global Leadership/Business, Medical School
TalentSpoken Word
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Zoë Fenley
CityThe Woodlands
University PreferenceUndecided
Career GoalUndecided
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Elisa Garcia
CityLeague City
University PreferenceSam Houston State University
Career GoalComputer Scientist
TalentBo Staff Creative Kata
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Adrianna  Guse
University PreferenceTexas A&M University
Career GoalNursing
TalentTap Dance
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Talia Hays-Perkins
CityRound Rock
University PreferenceTulane University
Career GoalCorporate Lawyer
TalentScientific Monologue
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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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Elizabeth Miri
University PreferenceHarvard (Admitted to Class of 2028)
Career GoalInternational Development
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Anusha Narway
University PreferenceBS/MD Programs, Georgetown University, UT Austin
Career GoalPhysician Policymaker; Providing Treatment With Doctors Without Borders And Lobbying Public Health Legislation For Global Health Equity.
TalentBhangra Dance
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Aislinn Navarro
University PreferenceBaylor University
Career GoalBiology/Medicine
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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
TalentCultural Dance
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Shivani Patel
CityLeague City
University Preference4 year college/university
Career GoalOncology/Genetics Research
TalentIndian Classical Dance
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Sarina Shah
University PreferenceUT Austin, UNC Chapel Hill, Emory
Career GoalPhysician And/Or Entreprenuer
TalentClassical Singing
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Sara Smith
University PreferenceUniversity Of Texas @ Austin
Career GoalBiomedical Engineer
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Nishi Soni
University PreferenceHarvard University
Career GoalGeriatric Oncologist Specializing In Neuroendocrine Type Cancers And Therapeutic Oncology Research
TalentContemporary Bollywood Fusion Dance
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Jayla Sumlin
CityRound Rock
University PreferenceEmerson College, Hofstra University
Career GoalMusical Theater Performer, Author, Esthetician
TalentVocal Performance
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Aishwaryaa Udeshi
CitySugar Land
University PreferenceUT Austin, Texas A&M
Career GoalComputational Psychiatry Professor And 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 PreferenceUndecided
Career GoalAnalytics, Business, Technology
TalentDance, Self Choreography
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