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 Iowa participants for the Class of 2018.

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Rebecca Abdullah

City: Bettendorf

College Preference: Undecided

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Talent: Dance (Contemporary/Modern, by Dance Instructor: Kim Munn)

Saireshma Balakrishnan

City: Cedar Rapids

College Preference: University Of Notre Dame, UCLA, or UC Berkeley

Career Goals: Clinical Psychiatrist

Talent: Dance (Bollywood Dance) 

Tuyishime Florance

City: Des Moines

College Preference: Simpson

Career Goals: Therapist and Lawyer

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Malorie Garza

City: Bettendorf

College Preference: University Of Northern Iowa

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Talent:  

Ashlyn Haack

City: Davenport

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Career Goals: Engineer

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Sydney Hildebrand

City: Macksburg

College Preference: University of Nebraska Lincoln

Career Goals: Psychology/Social Work

Talent: Roping the dummy/ Trick 

Emily Larson

City: Ankeny

College Preference: Harvard, Johns Hopkins, MIT, or Iowa

Career Goals: Surgeon

Talent: Singing (Sebben, crudele, by Antonio Caldara)

Kelsey Lyons

City: Ankeny

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Laurel McGonegle

City: Urbandale

College Preference: Iowa State University/Purdue University

Career Goals: Food Science and Business

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Taylor Nichols

City: Redfield

College Preference: University of Tennessee

Career Goals: Owner/Operator of a Beef Cow/Calf Operation

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Delefine Niyigena

City: Des Moines

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Marisa Rethman

City: West Des Moines

College Preference: University of Iowa

Career Goals: Business/Finance

Talent: Dramatic Reading (Rape Poem, by Marge Piercy)

Hanna Schmitt

City: Waucoma

College Preference: Wartburg College

Career Goals: Exploring majors in STEM field minor in leadership

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