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 2013 Distinguished Young Women of Butler County program. Want to participate? Apply now!

Brenna Ritzert

Parents: Patrick & Denise Ritzert
College Preference: Hamilton College or Gordon College
Career Goals: Author, Editor, English as a Second Language
Talent: Poetry Slam (poem written by me) ("What is Poetry?", by Brenna Ritzert (me))

Amy Achenbach

Parents: Keith Achenbach & Laurie Powell
College Preference: Bucknell University
Career Goals: History Professor
Talent: vocal presentation (show tune) (Let Me Be Your Star, by composer Marc Shaiman)

Alexis Brockway

Parents: Larry & Tracy Brockway
College Preference: Duke University
Career Goals: Pediatric Surgeon
Talent: Speed Painting to "Chasing the Sun" (none, by none)

Abigail Benninger

Parents: Douglas Beninger & Laura Benninger
College Preference: Undecided
Career Goals: Physician Assistant
Talent: Dance (Cut , by Plum)

Elizabeth Posney

Parents: David & Lois Posney
College Preference: Duquesne University or University of Pittsburgh
Career Goals: Physical Therapy
Talent: Dance (Hollywood Tonight, by Michael Jackson)

Rebecca Arturo

Parents: Robert & Cynthia Arturo
College Preference: Temple University or Washington and Jefferson
Career Goals: Pediatric medicene in rehab or oncology
Talent: Gymnastics Routine (Marche Du Toreador, by Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra and Floor Express)

Alexandra Pacinda

Parents: George & Barbara Pacinda
College Preference: University of Kentucky
Career Goals: Broadcast Journalist
Talent: Musical Theatre Style Voice and Tap Dance ("Good Morning" from Singing in the Rain, by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed)

Taryn Testa

Parents: Daniel & Kristen Testa
College Preference: University of Pittsburgh
Career Goals: Business and Political Science
Talent: Persuasive Speech ("Encouraging the Youth to Be Involved in Politics, by None)

Samantha Barnhart

Parents: Roger & Janice Barnhart
College Preference: Boston, IUP, Emerson, Tisch, Ithica
Career Goals: screenwriting for a comedy series
Talent: Vocal Presentation (show tune) (Send In the Clowns, by Stephen Sondheim)

Dana Palumbo

Parents: Virgil & Bernadette Palumbo
College Preference: John Carroll University
Career Goals: Begin real estate firm.
Talent: Vocal Presentation (You'll Never Walk Alone, by Richard Rodgers)

Jennifer Harris

Parents: Dale & Mary Harris
College Preference: Baldwin Wallace, Duquesne, Berklee
Career Goals: Composer
Talent: violin solo (Concertino in Ungarischer Weise, by O. Rieding)

Amanda Mock

Parents: John & Mary Mathews
College Preference: Gannon University
Career Goals: Physician Assistant
Talent: Baton Twirling (Use Somebody, by 2 Cellos- Luka Sulic & Stjepan Hauser)

Jamie Walters

Parents: Dean & Claudine Walters
College Preference: New York University
Career Goals: Music Theater Performance
Talent: Vocal Presentation (show tune) ("Astonishing", from Broadway's Little Women, by (Composer Jason Howland))

Dezera Firouzi

Parents: Houman & Samantha Firouzi
College Preference: BYU Hawaii
Career Goals: Health Field or English Teacher or Dance Teacher
Talent: Dance (Alex on the Spot, by Will. i. am)

Breanna Wong

Parents: Earl & Lisa Wong
College Preference: Duqunese University, Saint Francis
Career Goals: Nurse Anesthetist, Pedatrician, P.A.
Talent: Piano Solo (Without You, by David Guetta)

Brittany Slupe

Parents: Michael & Kristine Slupe
College Preference: Washington and Jefferson, or Westminster College
Career Goals: Chemist, or Toxicologist
Talent: Instrumental, Violin (Czardas, by Vittorio Monti)

Samantha Eckstein

Parents: Brian & Connie Eckstein
College Preference: Pennsylvania State University
Career Goals: Certified Public Accountant
Talent: Irish Dance (Planxty Drury Speed 70, by Gerry Conlon and Seamus O'Sullivan)

Michaela Henry

Parents: James Henry & Jennifer Farmerie
College Preference: Point Park University or Ohio Northern University
Career Goals: Musical Theater or T.V./Film Actress
Talent: Lyrical Jazz Dance (Rolling in the Deep, by Adele)

Stacy Arner

Parents: Ronald & June Arner
College Preference: Allegheny College, Penn State University Park
Career Goals: Chemistry
Talent: Baton Twirling (Walking on Sunshine, by Katrina & the Waves)

Olivia Pascazi

Parents: Thomas & Deborah Pascazi
College Preference: Pitt University or Embry Riddle
Career Goals: Undecided- Probably Pilot or Music Major
Talent: Vocal and Trumpet Performance ("Georgia on My Mind", by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell)

Maria Noel

Parents: Robert Noel & Elena Flores-Noel
College Preference: High Point University
Career Goals: Neonatologist or Pediatrician
Talent: Hip Hop Dance (Blackout, by Breathe Carolina)