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 2020.

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Annabelle Crowder

Choctaw County

City: Ackerman

College Preference: Mississippi State University

Career Goals: Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology

Talent: Piano (Jocularity, by Stephen Keller)

Jacy Waltman

Clarke County

City: Quitman

College Preference: University of Mississippi

Career Goals: Business

Talent: Dance ("Dream On", by Created by: Aerosmith Covered by: Kelly Sweet)

Mallory Burnside

Clinton

City: Clinton

College Preference: Mississippi College

Career Goals: Physical Therapy or History Teacher

Talent: Speed Painting (Help Me!, by GTA)

Rylee Sharpton

East Jackson County

City: Lucedale

College Preference: University of South Alabama

Career Goals: Pediatric Surgery

Talent: Tap Dance (Mr. Pinstripe Suit, by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy)

Jodee Crane

East Lauderdale County

City: Meridian

College Preference: Mississippi State University/Mississippi College

Career Goals: Lobbyist/ Political Science

Talent: Contemporary Dance (Unstoppable, by Sia)

Lainey James

Forrest County

City: Hattiesburg

College Preference: University of Southern Mississippi

Career Goals: Entrepreneur

Talent: Jazz Dance (James Bond , by Self-Choreographed)

Breanna Smoak

George County

City: lucedale

College Preference: University of South Alabama

Career Goals: Pediatrician

Talent: Jazz Dance Routine (Yankee Doodle Dandy, by Paul Jabara)

Madison Hultz

Greene County

City: Lucedale

College Preference: University of Southern Mississippi

Career Goals: Radiologist

Talent: Acro-dance (The Greatest, by Sia)

Samaria Swims

Grenada County

City: Grenada

College Preference: Vanderbuilt University

Career Goals: Pediatric Surgeon

Talent: Vocal Performance (When we were Young, by Adele)

Gina Nguyen

Harrison County

City: Diberville

College Preference: Stanford University

Career Goals: Journalism

Talent: Spoken Word Poetry (Home, by Gina Nguyen)

Aliza Williams

Hinds County

City: Terry

College Preference: University of South Alabama

Career Goals: Nursing

Talent: Lyrical Dance (Never Enough , by Aliza Williams)

Anna Donald

Jones County

City: Ellisville

College Preference: University of Southern Mississippi

Career Goals: Political Science - Law

Talent: Vocal Performance (Rainbow, by Kacey Musgraves)

Rebekah Williams

Lamar County

City: Purvis

College Preference: Mississippi State University

Career Goals: Aerospace Engineering

Talent: Musical Theater Dance (Come Fly With Me, by )

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Cain

Leake County

City: Carthage

College Preference: University of Mississippi

Career Goals: Physical Therapist

Talent: Tumble and Dance Routine (Rubberneckin' Remix, by Choreographer Julie Weaver)

Riley Whittington

Lincoln County

City: Brookhaven

College Preference: University of Mississippi

Career Goals: Computer Science

Talent: French Horn (Mozart Concerto no. 3, by Mozart)

Emory Ware

Madison County

City: Madison

College Preference: Undecided

Career Goals: Doctor

Talent: Piano (Phrygian Toccata , by Mary Verne )

Abby Morris

Marion County

City: Columbia

College Preference: Jones County Junior College

Career Goals: Radiology

Talent: Instrumental-Piano (Piano Concerto in A Minor- Theme from the 1st Movement, by Edvard Grieg)

Ashanti Turnage

Marshall County

City: Holly Springs

College Preference: Vanderbuilt

Career Goals: Human Resources

Talent: Dance  (, by me )

Suzanna Horn

Neshoba County

City: Philadelphia

College Preference: University of Mississippi

Career Goals: Biomedical Engineering

Talent: Singing (Rise, by Katy Perry)

Kayleigh Vance

Newton County

City: Union

College Preference: University of Southern Mississippi

Career Goals: Nurse Anesthetist

Talent: Acrobatic Jazz Dance (, by Michael Jackson)

Keleri Chasteen

Pascagoula

City: Pascagoula

College Preference: University of Florida

Career Goals: Pharmacist

Talent: Tumbling/Acro routine (The Greatest Show, by Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Leah Penton

Pearl River County

City: Carriere

College Preference: PRCC/William Carey University

Career Goals: To pursue a career as a Nurse Anesthestist.

Talent: lyrical dance  (You Are My Sunshine, by Jasmine Thompson )

Phoebe Stutts

Petal

City: Petal

College Preference: University of Southern Mississippi

Career Goals: Environmental Science

Talent: Vocal Performance (Astonishing, by Louise Dearman)

Daisia Stewart

Quitman County

City: Sledge

College Preference: University of Southern Mississippi

Career Goals: Crime Scene Investigator

Talent: Spoken Word 

Emma Heimer

Rankin County

City: Brandon

College Preference: Mississippi State University

Career Goals: OBGYN

Talent: Singing (Don't Rain On My Parade, by Barbara Steisand)

Karalee Simmons

Scott County

City: Lake

College Preference: Mississippi State University

Career Goals: Veterinarian

Talent: Piano ("El Cumbanchero", by Liberace)

Anna Tindell

Simpson County

City: Florence

College Preference: The University of Alabama

Career Goals: Neurosurgeon

Talent: Flute Solo (Allegretto, by Paul Merkus)

MaKayla Luper

Smith County

City: Mize

College Preference: Mississippi State University

Career Goals: Bachelors Degree in Building Construction Science

Talent: clogging (Good To Be Alive, by Andy Grammer)

Jasmine Baker

Starkville

City: Starkville

College Preference: University of South Carolina

Career Goals: NFL Sports Reporter

Talent: Tumbling (Salute, by Little Mix)

Baylee Beightol

Wayne County

City: Waynesboro

College Preference: Mississippi State University

Career Goals: Pilot for the US Air Force Hurricane Hunters

Talent: Self Written Monologue  

Lillie Burton

Webster County

City: Eupora

College Preference: Mississippi State University

Career Goals: To work in the field of Sports Medicine

Talent: Contemporary Dance 

Amelia Carmichael

West Jackson County

City: Ocean Springs

College Preference: Mississippi State University

Career Goals: Orthopedic Nurse

Talent: Jazz dance (Sing, Sing, Sing, by Benny Goodman)

Demia Bland

West Lauderdale County

City: Meridian

College Preference: University of Alabama

Career Goals: Biomedical Engineering

Talent: Gymnastics Routine  (I Want You Back , by Jackson 5)

Bailey Gregory

Winston County

City: Louisville

College Preference: United States Military Academy

Career Goals: Pilot

Talent: Piano (Maple Leaf Rag, by Scott Joplin)

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