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 Ohio participants for the Class of 2017.

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Savana Vaughn

Butler County

City: Somerville

College Preference: Liberty University

Career Goals: Music Major

Talent: Vocal Performance (One and Only, by Adele)

Shannon Daley

Central Allen County

City: Lima

College Preference: Undecided

Career Goals: Pediatrician

Talent: Vocal Performance (In My Own Little Corner, by Rodgers and Hammerstein)

Ariel Figueroa

Central Richland County

City: Mansfield

College Preference: Ohio University

Career Goals: PhotoJournalism

Talent: Piano (Classical, by Carolyn C. Setliff)

Danielle Vivcharenko

Cuyahoga County

City: North Royalton

College Preference: Baldwin Wallace University

Career Goals: Major: Musical Theatre Minor: Arts Management

Talent: Vocal  (Girl in 14G, by Dick Scanlan and Jeanine Tesori)

Paris Dirscherl

Delaware County

City: Westerville

College Preference: Huntington Univ, FSU

Career Goals: Film Director/Producer

Talent: Voice (When He Sees Me, by Sara Bareilles)

Cassandra Battiste

Erie County

City: Huron

College Preference: Ohio University

Career Goals: Small Business Owner

Talent: Vocal Performance ("Before It's Over", by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul - from the musical Dogfight)

McKenzie McGrath

Franklin County

City: New Albany

College Preference: Ohio State University

Career Goals: Accounting and Finance

Talent: Lyrical Dance (If I Had My Way, by Linda Eder)

Rachel Brogee

Greater Allen County

City: Lima

College Preference: Miami University

Career Goals: A physician who treats disaster relief patients

Talent: Musical Theatre (Gimme Gimme, by Jeanine Tesori and Dick Scanlan)

Mackenzie Wade

Greater Richland County

City: Butler

College Preference: Cedarville University

Career Goals: A missionary through Compassion International

Talent: Reciting poetry (To This Day: For the Bullied and the Beautiful (excerpt), by Shane Koyczan)

Sophia Oster


City: Fredericktown

College Preference: Ohio Dominican University, Kenyon

Career Goals: Physical Therapist

Talent: Contemporary Dance (The Winner is..., by Devotchka)

Hannah Dear

Licking County

City: Newark

College Preference: Columbia University

Career Goals: Journalist

Talent: Piano Performance (Prelude in C Sharp Minor, by Sergei Rachmaninoff)

Maria Shappert

Pickaway County

City: Commercial Point

College Preference: Ohio Christian University

Career Goals: Study psychology and become a school counselor.

Talent: Vocal (Somewhere Over the Rainbow, by Music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by E.Y. Harburg)

Madeline Flores

Putnam County

City: Columbus Grove

College Preference: Heidelberg University

Career Goals:

Talent: Playing the piano (Piano Concerto in A Minor, by Edvard Grieg)

Alexis Smith

Vinton County

City: Londonderry

College Preference: Ohio University

Career Goals: Forensic Investigation

Talent: Interpretive Sign Language (Dancing in the Sky, by Danni and Lizzy)

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