Distinguished Young Women participants come from all walks of life, but they have one common characteristic: the desire to succeed. Each young woman receives valuable life experience through participation in the program including relationship skills, self-confidence, and a sense of achievement. The goal of Distinguished Young Women is to ensure that everyone who participates in the program at any level has an enjoyable and memorable experience.

Below is a list of participants for the upcoming 2016 Distinguished Young Women of Mini/Cassia program. Want to participate? Apply now!

Shailey Woodward

Parents: Todd Woodward & Lacy Warren
College Preference: Utah State
Career Goals: Music Therapist
Talent: Piano Solo (Defying Gravity, from Wicked, by Stephen Schwartz)

Jovanii Ramos

Parents: Richie & Tiffney Ramos
College Preference: Texas A & M
Career Goals: OBGYN
Talent: Contemporary Dance (Lovely, by Sara Haze)

Kaylee Gomske

Parents: Jeff & Reda Gomske
College Preference: Boise State University
Career Goals: Bachelor's Degree in History
Talent: Vocal Presentation and playing guitar (Because of You, by Kelly Clarkson)

Nellie Christensen

Parents: Jay & Karla Christensen
College Preference: BYU or Utah State
Career Goals: Law or Political Science
Talent: Piano (Pirates of the Caribbean , by Jarrod Radnich)

Sydney Jones

Parents: Rodney & Laura Jones
College Preference: Brigham Young University-Idaho
Career Goals: Dental Hygienist
Talent: Dance (Modern, by Self/Brooke Jensen)

Miden Fitzhugh

Parents: James & Maria Fitzhugh
College Preference: Boise State Univeristy
Career Goals: Earn my degree in Criminology
Talent: Gymnastics floor routine

Emily Hamilton

Parents: Tina Hamilton
College Preference: University of Washington, George Washington Uni
Career Goals: Orthopedic Surgeon
Talent: Sing

Baylee Zanone

Parents: Dave & Kris Zanone
College Preference: Boise State University
Career Goals: Radiology - Ultrasound Technician
Talent: Pointe Variation (Sleeping Beauty - The Lilac Fairy , by Tchaikovsky)

Rachel Howard

Parents: Daryl & Cheryl Howard
College Preference: University of Kentucky
Career Goals: Sociology
Talent: Violin Solo (Meditaion From Thais, by Massenett)

Natasha Green

Parents: Trever & Melissa Morris
College Preference: The Art Institute of Design
Career Goals: Actress, fashion designer, teacher or model
Talent: Dramatic Monologue

Montie Peterson

Parents: Barry & Leslie Peterson
College Preference: Dixie State University, Utah Valley University
Career Goals: Earn a Bachelor's Degree in Performing Arts
Talent: Character Dance ("Amazing Mayzie, from Seussical the Musical", by Alyssa Robinson and Kelby Morrison)

Isabel Espinoza

Parents: Rosadio & Teresa Espinoza
College Preference: ISU
Career Goals: Mental Health Counseling
Talent: ColorGuard (Flag Routine)

Kennedi Campbell

Parents: Ronald & Jennifer Campbell
College Preference: BYU
Career Goals: Physician or Biomedical Scientist
Talent: Broadway dance solo (No Good Deed from Broadway's Wicked, by Stephen Schwartz)

Kyla Despain

Parents: Derk & Amy Despain
College Preference: Brigham Young University
Career Goals: Registerd Nurse
Talent: Flute solo

Zan Zollinger

Parents: John & Tonya Zollinger
College Preference: Brigham Young University; Utah State University
Career Goals: High School Mathematic Educator
Talent: Lyrical Dance (I See Fire by Ed Sheeran, by Hannah Matsen)

Dixie Greener

Parents: Barney & Sherrie Greener
College Preference: BYU Provo, BYU Idaho, Utah State University
Career Goals: Dental Hygentist or Orthodontal Hygentist
Talent: Singing "On My Own" Les Mis

Allison Rasmussen

Parents: Dee Rasmussen & Cheri Kontos
College Preference: Utah State University
Career Goals: Elementary Teacher
Talent: Cello Solo (Over the Rainbow, by Harold Arlen & E.Y. Harburg)

Dustine Mathison

Parents: Kris Mathison
College Preference: New Horizons Beauty College/Utah State University
Career Goals: Beautician/Interior Designer
Talent: Clogging (Rockin' Robin, by Bobby Day)

Emma McBride

Parents: Penny-Lynn McBride
College Preference: Idaho State University
Career Goals: Dental Hygienist
Talent: Colorguard

Cerrindince Collins

Parents: Thomas Collins & Connie Hickman
College Preference: Utah State
Career Goals: Radiologist Tech.
Talent: Vocal Presentation (modern tune) (Titanium, by David Guetta)

Dakota Welker

Parents: John Welker & Brooke Reardon
College Preference: BYUI, LDS Business College, UTS
Career Goals: Business Owner
Talent: dance/interpitation (napoleon dynamite movie, by napoleon dynamite movie)

Marisa Shaw

Parents: Harry & Cindy Shaw
College Preference: Brigham Young University
Career Goals: Pediatric Nurse
Talent: Musical Theatre Dance (Good Problems by Clairy Browne, by Choreographed by Skylar Harris)

Kiara Badger

Parents: Eric & Sarah Badger
College Preference: CSI, Northwest College of Art & Design, Disney
Career Goals: Disney Animation Studio
Talent: Violin/Dance (James Bond Theme)

Lizeth Quiroz

Parents: Silvestre & Maria Quiroz
College Preference: Paul Mitchell Boise tuition
Career Goals: Cosmetologist
Talent: Flag (Cooler than me , by Mike Posner)

Shelby Spencer

Parents: Brian & Angela Spencer
College Preference: Utah State University
Career Goals: Become a Physical Therapist or Journalist
Talent: Vocal Presentation (You'll be in my heart, by unknown )

Kassie Ward

Parents: Daniel & Karla Ward
College Preference: Brigham Young University
Career Goals: Marketing/Business/Working with youth
Talent: Piano Solo (Spanish Rhapsody, by Melody Bober)

Nicole Leon

Parents: Francisco Rios & Leticia Leon
College Preference: Boise State University
Career Goals: Not quite sure just yet.
Talent: Dance (Uptown Funk, by Bruno Mars)

Tisha Gardner

Parents: Corwin & Natalie Gardner
College Preference: Universtity of Idaho
Career Goals: Business Mangement
Talent: Cheerleading

Tansy Hale

Parents: Alan & Lynette Hale
College Preference: BYU
Career Goals: Graphic Design Artist
Talent: Piano and Vocal Solo (New York State of Mind, by Billy Joel)

Tobbi Booth

Parents: Robbie Booth & Traci Cassidy
College Preference: CSI
Career Goals: Pediatric Nurse
Talent: Contemporary/Lyrical Dance ("Kiss It All Better", by He is We)

Jessica Arnell

Distinguished Young Woman of Mini/Cassia

Parents: William & Breana Arnell
College Preference: BYU
Career Goals: Exercise Physiology and Sports Nutrition
Talent: Musical Theater ("Macavity" from Broadway's, CATS, by Andrew Lloyd Webber)