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 Los Angeles County participants for the Class of 2022.

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Julia Abbott

High School: Palisades Charter High School

College Preference: Harvard University

Career Goals: Journalist at The New York Times

Talent: Dance (Dynasty, by Miia)

Naomi Alonso

High School: Alliance Gertz-Ressler High School

College Preference: UC Berkeley

Career Goals: Journalism and architecture

Talent: Playing the keyboard  (The Walls Between Us/Ce mur qui nous sépare, by Lou and Lenni Kim)

Samantha Alvarado

High School: Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary

College Preference: Cal State San Diego

Career Goals: Career in Criminal Justice

Talent: Dance (La Negra, by Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán)

Ivy Atkinson

High School: South High School

College Preference: Undecided

Career Goals: Cosmetology

Talent: Lyrical/Contemporary Dance ("Because of You", by Kelly Clarkson)

Holly Bae

High School: La Canada High School

College Preference: Brown University

Career Goals: Dermatologist

Talent: Piano Solo (Impromptu No. 4 In A Flat Major, Op. 90: Allegretto, by F. Schubert)

Kylie Bell

High School: Temple City High School

College Preference: UC Berkeley, Cal Poly Pomona

Career Goals: Nanoengineer

Talent: Dance and Flag Performance (Amazing, by Foxes)

Emily Blair

High School: Grover Cleveland Charter High School

College Preference: UC San Diego, UCLA, University of Arizona

Career Goals: Environmental Engineer

Talent: Playing the guitar and singing (Landslide , by Fleetwood Mac)

Rani Chor

High School: Glen A. Wilson High School

College Preference: Brown, Columbia, Boston University

Career Goals: Politician or journalist to mentor youth/children

Talent: Performing Poetry  (Sentence, by Tadeusz Dąbrowski)

Joana Cota

High School: Artes Magnet

College Preference: University of Oregon,Ucla , USC ,

Career Goals: Detective or nurse

Talent: Dancing  (Tao,Tao, by Control)

Isabela Estrada

High School: Hawthorne High School

College Preference: Harvard, Stanford, University of Chicago, Yale

Career Goals: Business Administration and Management

Talent: Mexican Folklorico Dance  

Melanie Fuentes

High School: Hawthorne Math and Science Academy

College Preference: CSULB

Career Goals: Marine Biologist

Talent: Karate (Form, by Chojun Miyagi (Cho-jun m-ee-y-ah-g-ee))

Catherine Gonzalez

High School: Bishop Conaty Our Lady of Loretto

College Preference: University of California, Los Angeles

Career Goals: Doctor/ Medical Geneticist/ Clinical Researcher

Talent: Nunchaku (Taekwondo, by Catherine Gonzalez)

Mckenna Grace

High School: Highland High School

College Preference: ASU, UCLA

Career Goals: Nurse

Talent: Musical Peformance (, by Myself; I wrote the song)

Ashley Guan

High School: Temple City High School

College Preference: UCI, UCSB

Career Goals: CEO

Talent: Dancing  (Solo , by Jennie )

Emily Hettinger

High School: North High School

College Preference: Brown University

Career Goals: Lawyer at the Equal Justice Initiative

Talent: piano performance (For Good, by Stephen Schwartz)

Alyssa Ho

High School: California School of Arts-SGV High School

College Preference: Stanford, MIT, Harvard, Princeton, Harvey Mudd

Career Goals: Medical Robotics Software Engineer and Novelist

Talent: Spoken Word Poetry (An Ode to Right Now, by Alyssa Ho)

Karen Iniguez

High School: California School of the Arts

College Preference: Chapman University, San Diego State University

Career Goals: Tv Actress, Real Estate Agent, Business Profession

Talent: Vocal Solo (Rise Up, by Andra Day)

Rachel Kim

High School: La Canada High School

College Preference: Northwestern University, UC Berkeley

Career Goals: Patent Attorney

Talent: Piano Solo (Etude Op. 10, No. 12, by Frederic Chopin)

Emily La

High School: Temple City High School

College Preference: UCLA

Career Goals: physician

Talent: Cantonese Opera (洛水夢會 , by Tang Ti-sheng (唐滌生), revised by Yip Siu-tak (葉紹德))

Ashly Lam

High School:

College Preference: Princeton University

Career Goals: Undecided

Talent: Dramatic Recitation (Don't Quit, by Edgar A. Guest)

Emily Lee

High School: California School of the Arts-San Gabriel Valley

College Preference: University of Washington

Career Goals: Neuroscience Researcher, Artist

Talent: Musical Theatre Performance (Live Out Loud from a Little Princess, by Brian Crawley and Andrew Lippa)

Bianca Lewis

High School: Granada Hills Charter High School

College Preference: University of Oregon

Career Goals: Criminal Lawyer

Talent: Bass solo& music accompaniment (Like I’m Gonna Lose You, by Meghan Trainor)

Belle Li

High School:

College Preference: Harvard, UH Manoa, Georgetown

Career Goals: Lawyer, Start Business

Talent: Piano Solo (Fur Elise and Heart & Soul, by Ludwig Van Beethoven, Hoagy Carmichael, and Frank Loesser )

Agoziri Mgbeke

High School: King/Drew Magnet High School

College Preference: Cornell, John Hopkins, UC Berkeley, Stanford

Career Goals: Neurosurgeon

Talent: Acting (The Casket, by Ellyse Blackburn)

Celeste Noriega

High School: Lynwood High School

College Preference: Stanford, University of Southern California

Career Goals: Detective, Lawyer, Social Worker

Talent: Jazz Dance Routine (Emergency, by Icona Pop)

Ariya Oung

High School: Mayfair High School

College Preference: UC Irvine, CSULB, CSUF

Career Goals: Pediatric Nurse

Talent: Ballet (Blue Bird Variation, by Igor Stravinsky)

Stella Paz

High School: Windward School

College Preference: University of Pennsylvania, Pomona, Middlebury

Career Goals: International Studies

Talent: Piano  (Silver Clouds Chasing the Moon , by Wang Jian Zhong )

Raquel Salazar-Castillo

High School:

College Preference: ASU, University of Oregon, USC, or SDSU

Career Goals: Pediatrician

Talent: Singing (Cucucurrucú Paloma, by Angela Aguilar)

Kailey Salinas

High School: Alliance Dr. Olga Mohan High School

College Preference: UCLA, UC Irvine

Career Goals: Business Administration, Marketing

Talent: Singing (Unwritten, by Natasha Bedingfield)

Sophie Shao

High School: Saint Monica Catholic High School

College Preference: Stanford University, UPenn, UCLA

Career Goals: Math Professor

Talent: Musical Instrument (Guzheng) (Dance of the Yi Tribe(Chinese: 彝族舞曲), by Wang Huiran )

Eunice Shin

High School: Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies

College Preference: Brown

Career Goals: Microbiologist, Political Science

Talent: Dance (Pure Water (Clean), by Mustard & Migos)

Sarah Singh

High School: Saint Monica Catholic High School

College Preference: UCSB, UCSD, UCLA, NYU, San Diego State

Career Goals: Journalism, Media&Film, Screenwriting

Talent: Musical Talent  (Singing , by Adele )

Tristin Trombley

High School: Granada Hills Charter High School

College Preference: UCSB, UCLA

Career Goals: Teacher, Instructional Designer

Talent: R&B Singing (Best Part , by Daniel Caesar)

Jasmine Vazquez

High School: Pioneer High School

College Preference: University of California Irvine

Career Goals: Biomedical Engineering

Talent: Singing (Let it Go, by James Bay)

Jessica Wang

High School: Glen A. Wilson High School

College Preference: 4 year prestigious uni with a good music program

Career Goals: writing, music performance/piano, fields of law

Talent: Playing the piano (Nocturne in G minor Op. 37 No. 1, by Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin)

Calla Yoon

High School: Village Christian School

College Preference: Brown, Columbia, Case Western University

Career Goals: Pediatric Surgeon

Talent: Singing (Arirang, by Unknown)

Simone Yu

High School:

College Preference: UC Berkeley/UCLA/Stanford

Career Goals: CEO/International Entrepreneur

Talent: Piano (Jardins Sous La Pluie, by Claude Debussy)

Sydney Zheng

High School: Mark Keppel High School

College Preference: UC Berkeley, UC Los Angeles, USC, NYU

Career Goals: Physician's Assistant, Pediatrician

Talent: Singing and Piano (Shallow, by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper)

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