Junior Miss contestants come from all walks of life, but they have one common characteristic: the desire to succeed. Each young woman receives valuable life experience through our program - relationship skills, self-confidence, and a sense of achievement. It is our goal to ensure that everyone who participates in our program has an enjoyable and memorable experience.

Below is a list of contestants for our forthcoming 2016 Distinguished Young Women of Idaho. Want to participate? Apply now!

Sarah Knight

Distinguished Young Woman of Ashton

Parents: Ronald & Kathryn Knight
College Preference: University of Idaho
Career Goals: Journalism, Theatre, & Humanitarian work
Talent: Vocal Presentation (Just A Closer Walk With Thee)

Shaleyna Higgins

Distinguished Young Woman of Bonners Ferry

Parents: Barry & Darlene Higgins
College Preference: University of Idaho
Career Goals: Double major in health/fitness and dance
Talent: Contemporary Lyrical Dance (River Flows in You, by Yiruma)

Marisa Hoover

Distinguished Young Woman of Bonneville County

Parents: Jeffrey & Bonnie Hoover
College Preference: Brigham Young University
Career Goals: Education
Talent: Piano Solo (Hungarian Rhapsody, No. 2, by Franz Liszt)

Rylee Mansfield

Distinguished Young Woman of Caribou County

Parents: Shane & Daralyn Mansfield
College Preference: Idaho State University
Career Goals: Cosmetologist - Personal Business Owner
Talent: Lyrical/Contemporary Dance Solo ("The Sun is Rising" by Britt Nicole, by Choreographer - Rylee Mansfield)

Heather Portue

Distinguished Young Woman of Coeur d'Alene

College Preference: Liberty University, Yale University
Career Goals: Journalism, Broadcasting
Talent: Classical Ballet en Pointe (Gamzatti Variation from La Bayadere, by Marius Petipa)

Ashli Young

Distinguished Young Woman of Firth/Shelley

Parents: Matthew Young & Marla Young
College Preference: BYU-Provo or Oregon Health Science
Career Goals: Nurse Practitioner
Talent: Ballet Solo on Pointe ("The Tempest" Choreographed by Marla Young, by Jennifer Thomas)

Jacee Hammons

Distinguished Young Woman of Franklin County

Parents: Jon-David & Farahlyn Hammons
College Preference: BYU - Provo or Utah State University
Career Goals: Be on BYU's ballroom Tour Team. Study Architecture
Talent: Piano Solo (Malaguena, by Ernesto Lecuona)

Anna Sobczyk

Distinguished Young Woman of Genesee

Parents: Stan & Connie Sobczyk
College Preference: University of Idaho
Career Goals: Medical Scientist in Immunotherapy
Talent: Vocal Presentation (classical) (Un Moto Di Gioia, by Mozart)

Abigail Dotson

Distinguished Young Woman of Kuna

Parents: Rodney Dotson & Janis Dotson-Thieme
College Preference: BYU, BSU
Career Goals: Pediatric Registered Nurse
Talent: Cello Performance (Tarantella, Op. 33, by David Popper)

Darby Litzko

Distinguished Young Woman of Lakeland

Parents: Louis Litzko Jr. & Shelley Litzko
College Preference: University of Idaho
Talent: Singing (Country) (Like My Mother Does, by Lauren Alaina)

Madison Atwood

Distinguished Young Woman of Lewiston

Parents: David & Carith Atwood
College Preference: University of Montana, University of Arizona
Career Goals: Physical Therapist, Sports Medicine
Talent: Tap Dance (Shake That Thing, by Vince Giordano)

Elisa Walker

Distinguished Young Woman of Madison

Parents: Jedd & Celeste Walker
College Preference: Brigham Young University
Career Goals: Communications
Talent: Violin Solo (Czárdás , by Vittorio Monti)

Paityn Frederick

Distinguished Young Woman of McCall

Parents: Jerry & Jodi Frederick
College Preference: Boise State University or Idaho State University
Career Goals: Sports Therapy
Talent: clarinet solo (House of the Rising Sun, by Huddie William Ledbetter)

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)

Erin Kwiatkowski

Distinguished Young Woman of Moscow

Parents: Paul & Kathy Kwiatkowski
College Preference: 4 Year University with a Pharmacy School
Career Goals: Earn PharmD Degree and become licensed pharmacist
Talent: Jazz Dance (Feeling Good, by Michael Buble)

Bryton Anderson

Distinguished Young Woman of Orofino

Parents: Jason & Nikki Anderson
Career Goals: Electrical or Green Engineer

Holly Clay

Distinguished Young Woman of Pocatello/Chubbuck

Parents: Gary & Nicolle Clay
College Preference: BYU-I, CSI, UOF, USU
Career Goals: Neonatal Nurse
Talent: Piano Solo (Pirates of the Caribbean, by Jarrod Radnich)

Rachael Phillips

Distinguished Young Woman of Priest River

Parents: Charles & Diane Phillips
College Preference: University of Washington or University of Idaho
Career Goals: I want to become a lawyer and work with children.
Talent: Dance (Surfin' Safari, by Beach Boys)

Meeka Stucki

Distinguished Young Woman of Rigby

Parents: Kay & Lisa Stucki
College Preference: BYU Idaho, BYU Provo, Utah State
Career Goals: Ped. Care, Nursing, Professional Dance, Mother
Talent: Ballroom Dance (Dear Future Husband and Sweet Like Cola Medley , by Riley Cherry and Becci Christensen )

Alexia Elkington

Distinguished Young Woman of Ririe

Parents: Kelly & Camille Elkington
College Preference: BYU-I / BYU Provo / Southern Virginia University
Career Goals: Dental Hygienist or Neonatal Nurse
Talent: Viola Solo (Crystallize, by Lindsey Stirling )

Madison Bovee

Distinguished Young Woman of Sandpoint

Parents: Michael & Rachel Bovee
College Preference: University of Idaho
Career Goals: Elementary Teacher
Talent: Acrobatic Routine (A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (Karaoke Ver.), by Fergie)

Joslyn Phillips

Distinguished Young Woman of Snake River

Parents: Jesse & Julia Phillips
College Preference: Bringham Young University Hawaii
Career Goals: Medical Surgeon
Talent: Techanical Jazz Dance ("Shut Up and Dance" -by Walk the Moon , by Self Choreographed)

Kelsie Rose

Distinguished Young Woman of South Fremont

Parents: Wyatt & Karen Rose
College Preference: Idaho State University
Career Goals: 1. Air force Firefighter 2. Orthopedic surgeon
Talent: Guitar (Dreams, by Kelsie Rose)

Elexus Moore

Distinguished Young Woman of St. Maries

Parents: Heath & Louanna Moore
College Preference: University of Idaho
Career Goals: Veterinarian for large, small and wildlife animals
Talent: Jazz Dance with latina flare By Jennifer Osier (Limbo, by Daddy Yankee)

Brooke Schwendiman

Distinguished Young Woman of Sugar Salem

Parents: David & Melanie Schwendiman
College Preference: Utah State, BYU-I
Career Goals: I would like to pursue a degree in biology.
Talent: Piano Solo ("Piano Fantasy", by William Joseph)

Romee Johnson

Distinguished Young Woman of Teton

Parents: Darryl & Debra Johnson
College Preference: Westminster College
Career Goals: Videographer
Talent: Alto Saxophone Solo (Harlem Nocturne, by Earle Hagen)

Madison Sanderson

Distinguished Young Woman of Troy

Parents: Jason & Jenny Sanderson
College Preference: Stanford University
Career Goals: Nurse Anesthetist
Talent: Tap Dance (Come With Me Now by Kongos, by Marilou Cerovski)

Natasha Larsen

Distinguished Young Woman of West Boise Valley

Parents: Shane & Aimee Larsen
College Preference: Brigham Young University
Career Goals: Neonatal Nursing
Talent: Piano (The Meadow, by Alexandre Desplat)

Kaylee Newman

Distinguished Young Woman of West Jefferson

Parents: Lane & Loni Newman
College Preference: BYU-Provo
Career Goals: Athletic Trainer
Talent: Piano (Prelude Op. 81 No. 3, by Stephen Heller)