Participants

Distinguished Young Women participants come from all walks of life, but they have one thing in common: the desire to succeed. Below are the Distinguished Young Women of Alabama participants for the Class of 2023.

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Hannah Roberts

Autauga County

City: Prattville

College Preference: Mississippi State University

Career Goals: Architect

Talent: Lyrical Dance (I Have Nothing, by Whitney Houston)

Ava Dowden

Baldwin County

City: Daphne

College Preference: Vanderbilt or Wake Forest University

Career Goals: Mathematics Major

Talent: Piano Performance  (Sonatina 1959 in C Major, by Aram Khachaturian)

Emily Boles

Bibb County

City: McCalla

College Preference: University of Alabama at Birmingham

Career Goals: pursuing a career in education

Talent: Ballet Dance en Pointe (The Sleeping Beauty Aurora Act 3 variation, by Jennifer Chapman)

Vivian Gates

Butler County

City: Forest Home

College Preference: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Career Goals: Collegiate Band Director

Talent: Flute Performance (Flight of the Bumblebee, by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov)

Oza Stamps

Chilton County

City: Clanton

College Preference: Samford

Career Goals: Pharmaceutical Scientist

Talent: Music (Vocal) (Defying Gravity , by Wicked )

Meredith Wright

Clarke County

City: Grove Hill

College Preference: The University of Alabama

Career Goals: My dream is to become a corporate lawyer.

Talent: Vocal (Sublime Gracia (Amazing Grace), by John Newton)

Ariana Johnson

Coffee County

City: Enterprise

College Preference: Troy University

Career Goals: Secondary Math Education Teacher/College Professor

Talent: Dance (Happy, by Leona Lewis)

Grace Shellhouse

Covington County

City: Andalusia

College Preference: Troy University

Career Goals: Architect

Talent: Dance (I Have Nothing, by Whitney Houston)

Ashton Henderson

Cullman County

City: Hanceville

College Preference: The University of Alabama and UAB

Career Goals: Dermatology

Talent: A classical jazz routine (Last Dance , by Donna Summers )

Olivia Newman

Distinguished Young Woman of Lawrence County 2023

City: Moulton

College Preference: University of South Alabama

Career Goals: Bachelors-Biomedical Science Graduate- PA

Talent: Musical Theatre Dance (All That Jazz, by Mrs. Brea Colagross )

Christina Jones

Distinguished Young Woman of Limestone County 2023

City: Athens

College Preference: LSU, UTK, UCLA, UF (Gainesville)

Career Goals: Prosecutor/state attorney general/judge/journalism

Talent: Harp (Amazing Grace, by Hymn by E. O. Excell and John Newton)

Samantha Simmons

Distinguished Young Woman of Morgan County 2023

City: Decatur

College Preference: Florida State University

Career Goals: The Field of Law and Politics

Talent: Musical- Flute (Goodbye Pork Pie Hat, by Arranged by Alexa Taratino)

Ella Churchwell

Elmore County

City: Deatsville

College Preference: Auburn University

Career Goals: Corporate Interior Designer and Decorator

Talent: Contemporary Dance (It's All Coming Back To Me Now, by Celine Dion)

Anne Stewart Rogers

Jefferson County

City: Trussville

College Preference: Auburn University or University of Alabama

Career Goals: Physician or English Literature Professor

Talent: Piano (Fountain In The Rain, by William Gillock)

Keely Rider

Lee County

City: Opelika

College Preference: University of Georgia

Career Goals: Business

Talent: Lyrical Dance ("Here Comes the Sun", by )

Harley Hooper

Lowndes County

City: Lowndesboro

College Preference: University of South Alabama

Career Goals: Engineer

Talent: Lyrical Dance (What A Wonderful World, by Sofi Tukker)

Cheryl Harden

Macon County

City: Tuskegee

College Preference: University of Alabama

Career Goals: Dermatologist

Talent: Praise Dance  (He Wants It All, by Forever Jones)

Briley Blomeley

Madison County

City: Madison

College Preference: Auburn University

Career Goals: Oncologist

Talent: Dance (Contemporary, by Madeline Mihacevich)

Finley Richardson

Mobile County

City: Saraland

College Preference: University of Alabama

Career Goals: US Press Secretary

Talent: Musical Theater Vocal (Astonishing , by Jo March from the Broadway Little Women )

Caroline West

Monroe County

City: Monroeville

College Preference: University of Alabama

Career Goals: Occupational Therapy

Talent: Character Jazz (Tea Party , by Kerli)

Tate Gardner

Pike County

City: Troy

College Preference: Auburn University

Career Goals: Physical Therapy

Talent: Jazz/Acro Dance  (Don't Rain On My Parade , by Lea Michele )

Carrington Hodge

Shelby County

City: Helena

College Preference: Duke University

Career Goals: Pediatric Neurosurgeon

Talent: Jazz Solo en Pointe (Blackbird, by Scarlett Walker)

McKinley Hubbard

Tuscaloosa County

City: Woodstock

College Preference: University of Alabama at Birmingham

Career Goals: Achieve a PhD in Sports or Chiropractic Medicine

Talent: Singing and playing the piano (Great Balls of Fire, by Jerry Lee Lewis)

Amani Hicks

Washington County

City: Chatom

College Preference: Alabama State University

Career Goals: Elementary Education/ESL Teacher

Talent: Vocal (Holo - 홀오, by Lee Hi)

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