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 2022.

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Madeline Shipman

Baldwin

City: Daphne

College Preference: Auburn University

Career Goals: Majoring in business or dance

Talent: Dance  (What a Feeling, by Raley Zampieri)

Hannah Griffin

Bibb County

City: Woodstock

College Preference: Jefferson State Community College

Career Goals: Physical Therapy Assistant

Talent: Motivational Speech 

Mary Virginia Meadows

Butler County

City: Greenville

College Preference: University of Virginia

Career Goals: Pediatric Hospitalist

Talent: vocal performance  (“You Will Be Found”, by Dear Evan Hansen composed by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul)

Cailin Campbell

Calhoun

City: Oxford

College Preference: Auburn University or Mississippi State University

Career Goals: Sports Comm., Broadcasting, and Hospitality

Talent: Vocal (The Skye Boat Song, by Sir Harold Boulton)

Evelyn Cleckler

Chilton County

City: Clanton

College Preference: Auburn University

Career Goals: Physician Associate

Talent: Vocal Performa (Momma Who Bore Me , by The Original Broadway Cast of Spring Awakening)

Mary Moore

Choctaw

City: Butler

College Preference: University of Alabama

Career Goals: Dermatologist

Talent: Jazz Dance  (Faith, by Stevie Wonder ft. Ariana Grande)

Telly Nguyen

Clarke

City: Jackson

College Preference: Auburn University

Career Goals: Nurse

Talent: Comedic Monologue ("The Not-So Wicked Witch", by Wizard of Oz)

Graciana Doster

Coffee County

City: Enterprise

College Preference: Vanderbilt University

Career Goals: Lawyer or Policy Advisor

Talent: Vocal Performance (New York State of Mind, by Billy Joel)

Lauren Cook

Colbert

City: Tuscumbia

College Preference: University of Alabama at Huntsville

Career Goals: Biomedical Engineer

Talent: Tap Dance (Carnaval del Barrio, by Lin Manuel Miranda)

Sydney Lucas

Conecuh

City: Castleberry

College Preference: University of South Alabama

Career Goals: Elementary Education

Talent:  

Marion Starnes

Covington County

City: Andalusia

College Preference: Auburn University

Career Goals: Orthodontist

Talent: Speed Painting  (Swan Lake (Swan Theme), by Tchaikovsky)

Summer Waters

Crenshaw County

City: Luverne

College Preference: University of Alabama

Career Goals: To become a Physical Therapist

Talent: Vocal (Hallelujah, by Kelly Mooney)

Taylor Simmons

Cullman

City: Cullman

College Preference: University of Alabama

Career Goals: Guardian ad litem

Talent: Dance  (Will Smith Mashup, by )

Deanna McDaniel

Dale County

City: Ozark

College Preference: The University of Alabama

Career Goals: Major in International Business/Marketing Manager

Talent: Clogging  (Workin' Day and Night, by Michael Jackson)

Maryanna Turner

Dallas

City: Selma

College Preference: University of Alabama

Career Goals: Lobbyist

Talent: Contemporary ballet en pointe (Trampoline , by SHAED)

Ella Fowler

DeKalb

City: Valley Head

College Preference: Mississippi State University

Career Goals: Veterinarian

Talent: Dance Routine (Faith, by Stevie Wonder ft. Ariana Grande)

Anyia Lynch

Elmore County

City: Deatsville

College Preference: Auburn University

Career Goals: Trauma Surgeon

Talent: Jazz Dance  (I Feel Good, by James Brown )

Sydney Aaron

Escambia County

City: Brewton

College Preference: Troy University

Career Goals: Business Management

Talent: Vocal and Dance Performance (Get Back Up Again, by Anna Kendrick)

Madeline Cooper

Franklin

City: Russellville

College Preference: Samford University

Career Goals: I hope to become a political campaign manager.

Talent: Musical Theatre Vocal (Don't Rain on My Parade , by Funny Girl )

Faith Dillard

Geneva

City: Hartford

College Preference: Auburn

Career Goals: Large Animal Vet

Talent: Musical Performance (Popular, by Wicked the Musical)

Julianne Abenoja

Jefferson County

City: Birmingham

College Preference: William and Mary

Career Goals: Neurologist/Neurosurgeon

Talent: Ballet Solo En Pointe (Gaîté Parisienne Variation, by Angela Walker)

Mary-Helen LeMay

Lauderdale

City: Florence

College Preference: University of Mississippi

Career Goals: Law

Talent: Acro/Jazz (Sing Sing Sing, by Benny Goodman)

Katie Jett

Lawrence

City: Moulton

College Preference: Auburn University

Career Goals: District Attorney

Talent: Monologue Performance  (\, by )

Anslee Tatum

Lee County

City: Auburn

College Preference: Texas Christian University

Career Goals: Endocrinologist

Talent: Vocal Performance (Somewhere Over the Rainbow, by Yip Harburg)

Emma Parmenter

Limestone

City: Madison

College Preference: University of Alabama

Career Goals: Accountant

Talent: Dance (Jazz, by N/A)

Abigail Gluschick

Lowndes County

City: LOWNDESBORO

College Preference: The University of Alabama

Career Goals: Engineering

Talent: Singing/Sign Language (How Great Thou Art, by Carl Boberg)

Ken’Nya Perry

Macon

City: Tuskegee

College Preference: United States Air Force Academy/ UAB

Career Goals: Officer in the Air force/surgeon

Talent: Vocal selection 

Megan Calahan

Madison County

City: Huntsville

College Preference: Georgia Tech and Clemson

Career Goals: Mechanical Engineering

Talent: Armed Exhibition Drill (God Bless the USA, by Lee Greenwood)

Cynthia Bradley

Marengo

City: Linden

College Preference: Alabama A&M

Career Goals: Lawyer

Talent: Speaking (N/A, by N/A)

Camille Lynn

Marion

City: Hackleburg

College Preference: Samford University

Career Goals: Pharmacy

Talent: vocal performance (Rise Up, by Andra Day)

Grace Greenwood

Mobile County

City: Mobile

College Preference: Belmont University

Career Goals: Music Education

Talent: Classical Voice  ("Mein Herr Marquis", by Johann Strauss II)

Demi Dees

Monroe

City: Franklin

College Preference: Auburn University

Career Goals: Neonatal Nursing

Talent: Vocal (Write Your Story, by )

Angeles Gonzalez-Ansaldi

Montgomery

City: Montgomery

College Preference: Franciscan University of Steubenville

Career Goals: Clinical Psychology

Talent: Ballet en Pointe 

Amelia McMahan

Morgan

City: Decatur

College Preference: Mississippi State University

Career Goals: Cybersecurity Engineering

Talent: Ballet en Pointe (Princess of Hungary, by Eric Allaman)

Dee Allen

Pike County

City: Troy

College Preference: The University of Alabama

Career Goals: Interior Design

Talent: Jazz/Acro/Character Dance (Singin’ in the Rain Medley, by Cae and Dee Allen)

Kennedy Leonard

Shelby County

City: Helena

College Preference: University of South Alabama Or UAB

Career Goals: Nurse Practitioner

Talent: Jazz Dance (Just Fine by Mary J. Bilge, by self-choreographed)

Kara Clifton

St. Clair County

City: Moody

College Preference: Auburn University

Career Goals: Cardiovascular Surgeon

Talent: Jazz Dance (The Way You Make Me Feel, by Michael Jackson)

Abigail Kizziah

Tuscaloosa

City: Northport

College Preference: Washington and Lee University

Career Goals: Corporate Law

Talent: Singing (You Can’t Get a Man with a Gun from Annie Get Your Gun, by Irving Berlin)

Shelby Mixon

Washington County

City: McIntosh

College Preference: CACC; University of South Alabama

Career Goals: Secondary Education

Talent: Vocal Performance (New York State Of Mind, by Billy Joel)

Maddox Decker

Wilcox

City: Camden

College Preference: Auburn University

Career Goals: Chemical Engineer

Talent: Poem Recitation (Ode to Merak, by Maddox Decker)

Kaylee Elliott

Winston

City: Arley

College Preference: University of North Alabama

Career Goals: Elementary Education

Talent: Instrumentalist - Flute (To God be the Glory, by William H. Doane)

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