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 2023.

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Makenzie Sanders

Choctaw County

City: Weir

College Preference: Mississippi State University

Career Goals: Education

Talent: Acrobatic Dance  ("Way Down We Go", by Kaleo)

Calen Richardson

Clarke County

City: Enterprise

College Preference: Mississippi State University

Career Goals: Elementary Education

Talent: Jazz Dance ("A Little Party Never Killed Nobody", by Fergie)

Caitlin McCullough

East Jackson County (Mississippi)

City: Moss Point

College Preference: Mississippi State Univ. & Columbia Univ. Law

Career Goals: International Sexual & Domestic Violence Attorney

Talent: Singing ("Warrior", by Demi Lovato)

Maura McLaughlin

Forrest County

City: Hattiesburg

College Preference: Texas A&M, Auburn, or LSU

Career Goals: Chemical Engineer

Talent: Writing (Short Story (Reality), by Maura McLauglin)

Semyra Reus

George County

City: Lucedale

College Preference: Southern Miss

Career Goals: Marine Biology

Talent: Pointe  (Rainbow, by Liz Huett)

Britton Dunnam

Greene County

City: Richton

College Preference: Jones College

Career Goals: Physical Therapist

Talent: Vocal Performance 

Madeline Henderson

Harrison County

City: Biloxi

College Preference: Harvard, Stanford

Career Goals: Fashion Designer, Performance Pianist, Real Estate

Talent: Piano Performance  

Alena Trotter

Hinds County

City: Bolton

College Preference: Mississippi College

Career Goals: Orthopedic Surgeon

Talent: Trumpet solo (Yesterday by The Beatles, by Self transcribed and organized piece)

Micah Hill

Jones County

City: Laurel

College Preference: Howard University

Career Goals: Start nonprofit org for minorities in STEM

Talent: Singing (Vocal) (I Know Where I've Been, by Queen Latifah)

Keira Serrano

Lafayette County

City: Oxford

College Preference: University of Mississippi

Career Goals: OB-GYN Nurse Practitioner

Talent: Dance 

Sophie Pitts

Lamar County

City: Hattiesburg

College Preference: University of Mississippi

Career Goals: Physical Therapist or Physician Assistant

Talent: Lyrical Dance (Never Enough by Loren Allred, by Brittain Whitfield )

Ava Temple

Lauderdale County, Mississippi

City: Marion

College Preference: Mississippi State University

Career Goals: Stock Broker

Talent: Lyrical Dance (Somewhere Over The Rainbow, by )

Ryleigh Crocker

Leake County

City: Carthage

College Preference: Mississippi State University

Career Goals: Engineer

Talent: Dance  (Contemporary, by )

Lauren Tate

Lee County

City: Belden

College Preference: University of Mississippi

Career Goals: Dermatologist

Talent: Singing (Rainbow, by Kacey Musgraves)

Marisa Davidson

Madison County

City: RIDGELAND

College Preference: In-state: University of Mississippi

Career Goals: career in engineering, business, or healthcare

Talent: Song ("Astonishing", by Little Women)

Sandra Thomas

Marion County

City: Columbia

College Preference: University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign

Career Goals: Electrical Engineer

Talent: Poetry/ Spoken Word  (Climate of Opinion , by Sandra Thomas )

Harley Hobby

Neshoba County

City: Philadelphia

College Preference: Mississippi State University

Career Goals: Entrepreneur

Talent: Piano (Solfeggietto, by C.P.E. Bach)

Ryann Gorgas

Newton County

City: Decatur

College Preference: University of Mississippi & UMMC

Career Goals: Pediatric Dentistry

Talent: Monologue (You\'re a good man, Charlie Brown, by Clark Gesner and John Gordon)

Jaycee Kelly

North Covington County

City: Seminary

College Preference: Mississippi State University

Career Goals: I would like to major in Communications/Journalism

Talent: Broadway Vocal (I Enjoy Being a Girl, by Rodgers and Hammerstein )

Bailey Cooper

North Desoto County

City: Olive Branch

College Preference: Ole Miss

Career Goals: Attorney

Talent: Dance (Lyrical, by Hannah Bobo)

Kennedy Williams

Pascagoula

City: Pascagoula

College Preference: University of South Alabama

Career Goals: trauma surgeon/OBGYN ICU

Talent: Dance  (Daughter By: Sleeping at Last , by Maile Picou )

Leah Cacioppo

Pearl River County

City: Carriere

College Preference: Louisiana State University

Career Goals: Occupational Therapist

Talent: Dance (Weary Traveler, by Jordan St. Cyr)

Laci Pitts

Petal DYW

City: Petal

College Preference: University of Mississippi

Career Goals: Legal representative for athletes

Talent: Piano (Prelude No. 1, by Carolyn Miller)

Madelyn Berry

Rankin County

City: Brandon

College Preference: Duke University

Career Goals: Research Engineer

Talent: Musical Performance (Flute) (Flute Concertino Op. 107 in D Major, by Cecile Chaminade )

Alex Bierman

Scott County

City: Morton

College Preference: Mississippi State University

Career Goals: My career goal is to be a doctor.

Talent: Dance Routine (Uca Dance Remix, by UCA Dance Remix)

Isabella (Bella) Broadhead

Simpson County

City: Mendenhall

College Preference: The University of Southern Mississippi

Career Goals: Marine Biologist

Talent: Vocal  (Oceans, by Hillsong United)

Haidyn Houston

Smith County

City: Forest

College Preference: The University of Southern Mississippi

Career Goals: Forensic Science and Criminal Justice

Talent: Lyrical Dance (Love Lifted Me by Travis Cottrell, by )

Caroline Sibley

South Covington County

City: Sumrall

College Preference: Vanderbilt or Mississippi State University

Career Goals: Anesthesiologist

Talent: Dance Solo, Specialty: Jazz 

Peyton Williamson

South Desoto County

City: Hernando

College Preference: Mississippi College

Career Goals: Medicine

Talent: Singing 

Hailey Pushis

South Lowndes County

City: Columbus

College Preference: University of Alabama Tuscaloosa

Career Goals: Medical Device Sales Representative

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

Katelyn Kaplan

Starkville

City: Starkville

College Preference: Northwestern University

Career Goals: Astrophysicist

Talent: Dance (Natural Woman, by Jennifer Hudson)

Nakiyah McInnis

Wayne County

City: Waynesboro

College Preference: Mississippi State University

Career Goals: Chemical Engineer

Talent: Poetry  (Unity, by Daya Nandan)

Elizabeth McArthur

West Jackson County (Mississippi)

City: Gautier

College Preference:

Career Goals: Dcotor of Physical Therapy or a dance teacher

Talent: Musical Theater/Jazz Dance 

Sadie Stevenson

Winston County

City: Louisville

College Preference: Mississippi State University

Career Goals: Radiation Oncologist

Talent: Piano solo  (Impromptu Op.28, No.3 in C sharp minor, by Hugo Reinhold)

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