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 Mississippi participants for the Class of 2022.

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Alayna Richardson

Attala County

City: Kosciusko

College Preference: Holmes C. C. then Mississippi State University

Career Goals: Psychiatry

Talent: Vocal performance  (Defying Gravity from Wicked, by Stephen Schwartz)

Kiersen Easley

Choctaw County, MS

City: Ackerman

College Preference: Mississippi University for Women

Career Goals: Registered Nurse

Talent: Piano (Swan Lake, by P. Tchaikovsky )

Nya Nobles

Clarke County

City: Shubuta

College Preference: Mississippi State University

Career Goals: Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry

Talent: Color Guard (Ocean Eyes , by Billie Eilish )

Abigail Vargheese

Clinton

City: Clinton

College Preference: University of Chicago

Career Goals: Pediatrician

Talent: Dance (Aaja Nachle, by Sunidhi Chauhan)

Chelsea Sullivan

Covington County

City: Taylorsville

College Preference: Southern Miss

Career Goals: Enlist in military & pursue a career in Forensics

Talent: Piano  (Minuet in G minor, by Bach)

Hannah Grace Crain

DeSoto County

City: Hernando

College Preference: Vanderbilt

Career Goals: intelligence, criminal justice/investigation

Talent: vocal performance (Crossing a Bridge, by Christy Altomare, Anastasia)

Kate Myrick

East Jackson County

City: Lucedale

College Preference: University of Mobile

Career Goals: Music Performance

Talent: Piano and Vocal Performance  (House on a Hill, by Amanda Cook)

Christina Danford

Forrest County

City: Hattiesburg

College Preference: United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD

Career Goals: Military Physician

Talent: Violin (Ladies in Lavender, by Nigel Hess)

Lindee Wilson

George County

City: Lucedale

College Preference: University of Southern Mississippi

Career Goals: Pediatric Anesthesiologist

Talent: Piano  (Scherzo in B Flat Minor , by Frederic Chopin )

Taylor Garretson

Greene County

City: Leakesville

College Preference: Mississippi State University

Career Goals: Fashion Consultant and Stylist

Talent: Contemporary Lyrical Dance (Beautiful, by Christina Aguilera )

Neeley Robertson

Jones County

City: Ellisville

College Preference: University of Mississippi

Career Goals: Professional entertainer (Broadway/ television)

Talent: Vocal performance  (“Gimme Gimme” from the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie, by Dick Scanlan and Richard Morris)

Elsie Tucker

Lafayette County

City: Oxford

College Preference: undecided

Career Goals: undecided: business, IMC, and possibly law school

Talent: Singing (Over The Rainbow, by E.Y. Harburg)

Maggie Triplett

Lauderdale County

City: Meridian

College Preference: Vanderbilt University

Career Goals: Professional classical vocalist/ professor of musi

Talent: Vocal Performance (Think of Me, by Andrew Loyd Webber)

Acadiana Pannell

Lee County

City: Saltillo

College Preference: Xavier University

Career Goals: I hope to become a plastic surgeon.

Talent: Science Experiment 

Margaret Birks

Lowndes County

City: Columbus

College Preference: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Career Goals: Analytical Chemist

Talent: Dance (Contemporary , by )

Advikaa Anand

Madison County

City: Madison

College Preference: Brown

Career Goals: Family Lawyer

Talent: Writing Poetry (Self-authored poem, by Advikaa Anand )

Julia Johnson

Marion County

City: Columbia

College Preference: University of Southern MS

Career Goals: Music Professor/Performer

Talent: Musical Selection  (Hopelessly Devoted to You , by John Farrar)

Faith Shumaker

Neshoba County

City: Philadelphia

College Preference: Mississippi State University

Career Goals: Sports Broadcaster

Talent: Lyrical Dance (Hold On To Me, by Lauren Daigle)

Alyssa McMullan

Newton County

City: Decatur

College Preference: Mississippi State University

Career Goals: Medical field

Talent: Dance ("Bird Set Free", by )

Katherine Herring

Pascagoula, MS

City: Pascagoula

College Preference: University of Mississippi

Career Goals: Apply for Pre-Pharmacy program at Ole Miss

Talent: Contemporary Dancing  (“Heart Cry” , by By Drehz )

Presley Bauer

Pearl River County

City: Carriere

College Preference: University of Alabama

Career Goals: Dancer/ Dance Choreographer

Talent: Contemporary Dance (Hold On To Me , by Lauren Daigle )

Sarah High

Petal

City: Petal

College Preference: Vanderbilt University

Career Goals: Physician

Talent: Concert Marimba (Excerpt from Parody, by Jesse Monkman)

Kylie Powell

Scott County

City: Forest

College Preference: BYU Provo

Career Goals: Special Education Teacher

Talent: Piano (Rustles of Spring, by Christian Sinding)

Megan Maddox

Simpson County

City: Magee

College Preference: University of Southern Mississippi

Career Goals: Registered Nurse

Talent: Singing (Can’t Help Falling in Love, by Elvis Presley)

Morgan Prestage

Smith County

City: Morton

College Preference: Jones College

Career Goals: Registered Nurse

Talent: Piano (My Heart at Thy Sweet Voice from , by Camille Saint-Saens )

Emmy Moyen

Starkville

City: Starkville

College Preference: Belmont University

Career Goals: Music Business, Music Performance

Talent: Singing and playing guitar (Be a Light, by Thomas Rhett (feat. Reba McEntire, Hilary Scott, Chris Tomlin & Keith Urban))

Karolina Heathcock

Wayne County

City: Waynesboro

College Preference: Mississippi State University

Career Goals: Biomedical Engineering

Talent: Clogging Routine (Fireball, by Pitbull)

Hallie Everett

West Jackson County

City: Vancleave

College Preference: Mississippi State University

Career Goals: International Business

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

Sydney Curran

Winston County

City: Louisville

College Preference: Undecided

Career Goals: Pediatric Nurse

Talent: Piano Performance (Rhapsodie Mignonne, by Carl Kolling )

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