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 2020.

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Kennedy Aikey

City: Newark

College Preference: University of Cincinnati

Career Goals: BFA in Musical Theatre

Talent: Singing (One Perfect Moment from “Bring It On”, by Lin-Manuel Miranda)

Katherine Mevis

Central Delaware

City: Westerville

College Preference: University of Kentucky

Career Goals: Pre-Med

Talent: Tap Dance (Swish, by Marc Shaiman)

Delora Allen

Central Knox

City: Mount Vernon

College Preference: University of Akron

Career Goals: Chemical Engineering

Talent: Piano (Classical, by Franz Liszt)

Marina DeNunzio



College Preference: The Ohio State University

Career Goals: Doctorate in Sports Medicine

Talent: Lyrical Dance  (Read All About It, by Emeli Sande )

Jillian Hickok

Eastern Delaware

City: Westerville

College Preference: Hope College; Holland, MI

Career Goals: Major in Nursing; Minor in Dance

Talent: Lyrical Ballet Solo (It Don't Matter , by song performed by Rosie Thomas; choreography by Drew Burgess)

Liz Radway

Eastern Hamilton

City: Cincinnati

College Preference:

Career Goals: Bioengineering/Philanthropy

Talent: Jazz Dance ("Sing", by Annie Lennox)

Danielle Gang


City: Sandusky

College Preference: Bowling Green State University

Career Goals: Advertisement marketing

Talent: Sing (Heaven Help my Heart, by Judy Kuhn )

Elizabeth Mignin


City: Archbold

College Preference: University of Florida

Career Goals: Biology with intentions of Pre-Medicine

Talent: Creative Storytelling 

Marissa Hauke

Greater Knox

City: Howard

College Preference: Oral Roberts University

Career Goals:

Talent: Dancing  (Is That Alright, by Lady Gaga)

Michelle Lucic


City: Mentor

College Preference: Harvard University

Career Goals: Foreign Services/Diplomat

Talent: Marial Arts (Forms Demonstration, by Michelle Lucic)

Isabelle Rice


City: Marion

College Preference: University of Alabama

Career Goals: Architecture and Interior Design

Talent: vocal (She Used To Be Mine, by Sara Bareilles)

Olivia Davis


City: Dayton

College Preference: University of Southern Florida

Career Goals: FBI Special Agent

Talent: Singing  (Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again, by Emmy Rossum )

Kacie Patterson

Northern Union

City: Marysville

College Preference: The Ohio State University

Career Goals: To become a Pilot

Talent: Lyrical Dance (Closure , by Hayley Warner )

Emma Klaus

Southern Union

City: Marysville

College Preference: Undecided

Career Goals: Early Childhood Education (Kindergarten Teacher)

Talent: Vocalist (Una voce poco fa, by Gioachino Rossini)

McKenzie Radabaugh

Vinton County

City: McArthur

College Preference: Ohio University

Career Goals: Education

Talent: Singing  (Make You Feel My Love, by Adele )

Sai Soumya Vytla


City: Mason

College Preference: Harvard/Berklee

Career Goals: Cardiologist

Talent: Singing (A Song For You, by Donnie Hathaway)

McKenzie Sykes

Western Delaware

City: Lewis Center

College Preference: Pratt Institute

Career Goals: Architecture

Talent: Dance (Musical Theater) 

Ashley Longbottom

Western Hamilton

City: Cincinnati

College Preference: Ohio State University

Career Goals: Environmental Science

Talent: Jazz Dance 

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