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 2021.

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Mia Rand

City: Urbandale

College Preference: University of Iowa

Career Goals: Oncologist

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Callan Randall

City: Norwalk

College Preference: 4 year university (Iowa state university)

Career Goals: chemical/nuclear engineer, sustainable energy

Talent: Leader (musicals, by Lin-manuel miranda)

Jillian McGuire

City: Mount Vernon Iowa

College Preference: community, then University of Northern Iowa

Career Goals: To become a counselor working with elderly.

Talent: Writing (Impact of a Volunteer Revised, by Jillian McGuire)

Abigail Kramer

City: Sherrill

College Preference: University of Iowa

Career Goals: Nurse Practitioner

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Alexis King

City: Marion

College Preference: 4 year University

Career Goals: Non-Profit Management

Talent: Dance 

EMMA ROSS

City: ESTHERVILLE

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Catalina Samaniego

City: West Des Moines

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Career Goals: Law, Economics

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Sofia Steele

City: West Branch

College Preference: University of Northern Iowa

Career Goals: Major in early childhood education

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Aditi Tripathy

City: West Des Moines

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Career Goals: Medical Field

Talent: Flute Player 

Megan Sleep

City: Dubuque

College Preference: University of Iowa

Career Goals: Neurologist

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Risha Shetye

City: West Des Moines

College Preference: East Coast Liberal Arts

Career Goals: Econ-Poli Sci/Philosophy, MBA, Investment Banking

Talent: Music (Violin, by )

Kaitlyn Sellon

City: Ely

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Karshana Kalyanaraman

City: Johnston

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Abby Jacobsen

City: Council Bluffs

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Anna Campbell

City: Hamlin

College Preference: University of Chicago or University of Iowa

Career Goals: Career in Department of the Interior

Talent: French Horn Solo (Morceau de concert, Op. 94; excerpt from Mvt. 1, by Camille Saint-Saëns)

Rachel Clayberg

City: Independence

College Preference: Iowa State University

Career Goals: Human Resources Manager

Talent: Piano Performance (Birds Eye, by Matt Schinske)

Britt Bowersox

City: Cedar Rapids

College Preference: Vanderbilt University

Career Goals: Change the role of youth education

Talent: Monologue 

Nya Bottley

City: West Des Moines

College Preference: Spelman College

Career Goals: Civil Rights Attorney, OBGYN, or Pediatrician

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Sarah Blank

City: Clive

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Mara Feirer

City: Winterset

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Kaitlyn Forney

City: West Des Moines

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Vidya Iyer

City: West Des Moines

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Natalie Hunt

City: Adel

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Lexie Hughes

City: Urbandale

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Angelique Frazier-Neitman

City: Mount Union

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Isabel Beekman

City: Fort Dodge

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