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: Auburn University

Career Goals: Architect

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

Ava Dowden

Baldwin County

City: Daphne

College Preference: Wake Forest or University of Alabama Birmingham

Career Goals: Actuary or Epidemiologist

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 Neuroscience

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

Vivian Gates

Butler County

City: Forest Home

College Preference: Auburn University

Career Goals: Lawyer and Professional Flutist

Talent: Flute Performance (Cadence No. 2 in G Major, by Louis Drouet)

Oza Stamps

Chilton County

City: Clanton

College Preference: Samford

Career Goals: Pharmaceutical Scientist

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

Claudia Diamond

Choctaw County

City: Toxey

College Preference: University of South Alabama

Career Goals: Pediatrician

Talent: Poem (“Casey at the Bat”, by Earnest Lawrence Thayer)

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 (I Believe, by Ervin Drake, Irvin Graham, Jimmy Shirl, and Al Stillman )

Raylee Moore

Clay County

City: Goodwater

College Preference: UAB

Career Goals: My goal is to specialize in pediatrics.

Talent: Dance (A little party never killed nobody., by Fergie)

Ariana Johnson

Coffee County

City: Enterprise

College Preference: Troy University

Career Goals: Secondary Math Education Teacher/College Professor

Talent: Contemporary Dance (Happy, by Leona Lewis)

Sarah Morgan

Colbert County

City: Muscle Shoals

College Preference: Troy University

Career Goals: Accounting

Talent: Acro Jazz Routine (Let's Get Loud by Jennifer Lopez, by Brea Colagross)

KayLeigh Green

Conecuh County

City: Range

College Preference: Troy University

Career Goals: English Teacher

Talent: Singing  (Ave Maria , by Franz Schubert)

Grace Shellhouse

Covington County

City: Andalusia

College Preference: Troy University

Career Goals: Architect

Talent: Dance (Torn, by Nathan Lanier)

Emily Anne Morgan

Crenshaw County

City: Dozier

College Preference: Samford University or Auburn University

Career Goals: Elementary Education and Speech Language Pathology

Talent: Lyrical Dance (What a Wonderful World, by Celine Dion)

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 )

Kaylle Rosales

Dale County

City: Skipperville

College Preference: Vanderbilt

Career Goals: Psychology

Talent: Violin (Corazon de Nino , by )

Julia McCann Perkins

Dallas County

City: Selma

College Preference: Auburn University

Career Goals: Physicians Assistant

Talent: Vocal Presentation  (She Used To Be Mine, by Sara Bareilles )

Talula Belle Scott

DeKalb County

City: Fort Payne

College Preference: University of Alabama

Career Goals: Pediatrician Surgeon

Talent: Vocal  (I Know Things Now, by Stephen Sondheim )

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)

Elora Waters

Escambia County

City: Brewton

College Preference: Auburn University

Career Goals: Cognitive Research Science

Talent: Spoken word poetry (Dear Future Self, by Elora Waters)

Mary Parker

Henry County

City: Headland

College Preference: University of Alabama or Troy University

Career Goals: Study political science, lawyer, future senator

Talent: Acro/ Dance (“Suspicious Minds”, by Elvis Presley )

Eliana Smith

Houston County

City: Dothan

College Preference: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Career Goals: Environmental Lawyer

Talent: Piano (Rhapsody in G minor Opus 79 Number 2, by Johannes Brahms )

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)

Isabella Hanson

Lauderdale County

City: Florence

College Preference: University of Western Kentucky

Career Goals: Theatrical Performance and Production

Talent: Contemporary Dance (The Good Parts, by Andy Grammer)

Olivia Newman

Lawrence County

City: Moulton

College Preference: Auburn University

Career Goals: Bachelors-Biomedical Science Graduate- Physician

Talent: Musical Theatre Dance (Boogie Shoes, by Mrs. Brea Colagross )

Keely Rider

Lee County

City: Opelika

College Preference: University of Georgia

Career Goals: Business

Talent: Lyrical Dance (Here Comes the Sun, by Cover by Christina Perri)

Christina Jones

Limestone County

City: Athens

College Preference: UCLA

Career Goals: United States Attorney General

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

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  (Your Spirit , by Tasha Cobbs Leonard )

Briley Blomeley

Madison County

City: Madison

College Preference: Auburn University

Career Goals: Oncologist

Talent: Dance (Contemporary, by Madeline Mihacevich)

Lynsey Spann

Marion County

City: Guin

College Preference: University of North Alabama

Career Goals: Music Education Teacher for grades 7-12

Talent: Alto Saxophone performance  (What a Beautiful Name, by Hillsong )

Finley Richardson

Mobile County

City: Saraland

College Preference: University of Alabama

Career Goals: US Press Secretary

Talent: Musical Theater Vocal (Astonishing , by Jason Howland and Mindi Dickstein)

Caroline West

Monroe County

City: Monroeville

College Preference: University of Alabama

Career Goals: Occupational Therapy

Talent: Character Jazz (Tea Party , by Kerli)

Taylor Potts

Montgomery County

City: Montgomery

College Preference: Auburn University

Career Goals: Doctor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Talent: Tap Dance (Great Balls of Fire, by Jerry Lee Lewis)

Samantha Simmons

Morgan County

City: Decatur

College Preference: The University of Alabama

Career Goals: The Field of Law and Politics

Talent: Musical- Flute (What a Wonderful World, by Written by Louis Armstrong)

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)

Shelby Swaffield

St. Clair County

City: Odenville

College Preference: Troy

Career Goals: To become a neonatal nurse

Talent: Jazz Tap dancing  (Stuff like that there, by Bette midler)

McKinley Hubbard

Tuscaloosa County

City: Woodstock

College Preference: University of Alabama at Birmingham

Career Goals: Achieve a PhD in Sports Medicine

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

Elizabeth Williams

Walker County

City: Jasper

College Preference: Auburn University

Career Goals: Graphic Design/ Marketing Communications

Talent: Piano (“Rondo alla Turca” from Sonata No. 11 K331 , by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

Amani Hicks

Washington County

City: Chatom

College Preference: Troy University

Career Goals: Elementary Education/ESL Teacher

Talent: Jazz Funk (Bun Up the Dance, by Dillon Francis and Skrillex)

Maegan McCullar

Winston County

City: Haleyville

College Preference: University of South Alabama

Career Goals: To become a Physician

Talent: Piano (Amazing Grace, by John Newton)

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