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 Utah participants for the Class of 2021.

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Riley Christensen

Alpine

City: Alpine

College Preference: Brigham Young University

Career Goals: Psychology/Social-Cognitive Studies

Talent: Violin  (Sarabande in G Minor, by Carl Bohm)

Emma Moulton

Bountiful

City: Bountiful

College Preference: University of Utah

Career Goals: Educator and Legislator

Talent: Harp Solo (Etude de Concert au Matin, by Marcel Tournier)

Alicia Zhang

Cottonwood Heights

City: Cottonwood Heights

College Preference: Yale University

Career Goals: Physician

Talent: Piano (Concerto In A Minor, by Edvard Grieg)

Jenna Dodson

Draper

City: Draper

College Preference: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Career Goals: Biomedical Engineering

Talent: Classical Ballet Variation (Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux Variation, by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky/ George Balanchine)

Rachel Mortensen

Eagle Mountain

City: Eagle Mountain

College Preference: Brigham Young University

Career Goals: Bachelor in Social Work Juris Doctor in Family Law

Talent: Piano (Scherzo no. 1 op. 20, by Chopin)

Makenna Norton

East American Fork

City: American Fork

College Preference: Brigham Young University

Career Goals: Physical Therapy

Talent: Lyrical Dance Solo (Find You , by Beth )

Lauren Richards

East Bountiful

City: Bountiful

College Preference: Brigham Young University

Career Goals: Geriatric Nurse

Talent: Vocal Solo (Times Are Hard for Dreamers, by Amélie - A New Musical)

Grace Tibbitts

East North Salt Lake

City: North Salt Lake

College Preference: Brigham Young University

Career Goals: Engineer

Talent: Piano  (Prelude No. 1, by George Gershwin)

Emily Wolfley

Erda-Toole

City: Erda

College Preference: Brigham Young University

Career Goals: Architectural/Civil Engineering, Humanitarian work

Talent: Violin  (Meditation Thais, by Jules Massenet)

Sarah Nielson

Fruit Heights

City: Fruits Heights

College Preference: Brigham Young University

Career Goals: Be numbered on The Forbes 30 under 30 list

Talent: Vocal Solo (Keep Us Safe, by Carrie Underwood)

Ally Bolton

Genola

City: Genola

College Preference: Utah State University

Career Goals: Psychology

Talent: Piano (Toccata, by Antonio Tauriello)

Melissa Carter

Highland

City: Highland

College Preference: Brigham Young University

Career Goals: Licensed Professional Counselor

Talent: Piano/Vocal  (The Greatest Love of All, by Linda Creed and Michael Masser)

Mia McNeil

Holladay

City: Holladay

College Preference: University of Utah

Career Goals: Entrepreneur

Talent: Poetry (Aftermath, by Mia McNeil)

Kristi Mendenhall

Mapleton

City: Mapleton

College Preference: Brigham Young University

Career Goals: FACS High School Education Teacher

Talent: Piano  (Arwens Vigil, by Jon Schmidt, Steven Sharp Nelson, Al Van Der Beek)

Aarushi Verma

Millcreek

City: Salt Lake City

College Preference: Yale University

Career Goals: Public Policy/Environmental Policy

Talent: Harmonium/Vocal (Aaoge Jab Tum, by Ustad Rashid Khan )

Savannah Orton

North Centerville

City: Centerville

College Preference: Utah State University

Career Goals: Entrepreneur/CEO of Styled by Savv (SBS)

Talent: Piano/Vocal (Wouldn't It Be Loverly, by Alan Jay Lerner, Arranged by Savannah Orton)

CC Solomon

North Highland

City: Highland

College Preference: Brigham Young University

Career Goals: Medical field

Talent: Dance Solo (Love Letters to God, by Nahko and Medicine for the People)

Hannah Baker

North Salt Lake

City: North Salt Lake

College Preference: Julliard and Yale

Career Goals: Concert Pianist

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

Maria Moesinger

Ogden

City: Ogden

College Preference: University of Utah

Career Goals: Physician

Talent: Classical Violin (Zigurneweisen, by Pablo de Sarasate)

Hailey Gardiner

Pleasant Grove

City: Pleasant Grove

College Preference: Brigham Young University

Career Goals: Physician Assistant

Talent: Vocal Solo (Orange Colored Sky, by Nat King Cole)

Gracie Findley

Providence

City: Providence

College Preference: Utah State University

Career Goals: Neurology

Talent: Piano (Sonata No. 14/Moonlight Sonata, by Ludwig Van Beethoven/ Arr. by E. Findley)

Tiara Tuttle

Salt Lake City

City: Salt Lake City

College Preference: Brigham Young University, University of Cambridge

Career Goals: Physical Therapist, Mother

Talent: Piano  (Concerto Romantique , by Catherine Rollin, Christie Sowby, Tiara Tuttle)

Emily Erickson

Sandy

City: Sandy

College Preference: Stanford University

Career Goals: Industrial Engineer (Business Optimization)

Talent: Lyra/Aerial Hoop (Querer, by Jean-Phi Goncalves--From Cirque du Soleil Alegria)

Ellery Miller

South Centerville

City: Centerville

College Preference: Brigham Young University

Career Goals: Psychologist/School Counselor

Talent: Jazz Dance Routine (Love On Top, by Alli Ball)

Cheyenne Keller

South Jordan

City: South Jordan

College Preference: Berklee College of Music or Embry-Riddle

Career Goals: Music or Aviation

Talent: Guitar (Livin' On a Prayer, by Bon Jovi (arranged by Tomi Paldanius))

Carla Prat

Southern Utah

City: St. George

College Preference: Dixie State University

Career Goals: Elementary Education

Talent: ASL Song Interpretation (Brave, by Sarah Bareilles)

Tracee Jones

Spanish Fork

City: Spanish Fork

College Preference: Brigham Young University

Career Goals: Attorney, City Manager, Entrepreneur, President

Talent: Vocal (Irreplaceable, by Madilyn Paige)

Jane Wilson

Springville

City: Springville

College Preference: Brigham Young University

Career Goals: Artist and Advocate for Environmental Issues

Talent: Opera (The Letter Aria - Eugene Onegin, by Tchaikovsky)

Heidi Wakefield

St. George

City: St. George

College Preference: Brigham Young University/University of Utah

Career Goals: Pharmacist

Talent: Violin (Summer-Presto movement, by Antonio Vivaldi)

Claire Inouye

Vineyard

City: Vineyard

College Preference: University of Utah

Career Goals: M.D. in Forensic Pathology

Talent: Piano (Concerto in A minor, 1st mvt , by Edward Grieg )

Paige Bartschi

Washington

City: St. George

College Preference: Brigham Young University

Career Goals: Speech Language Pathologist

Talent: Piano  (Waterfall, by Jon Schmidt)

Rebecca Cook

West American Fork

City: American Fork

College Preference: Indiana University

Career Goals: Professional Cellist, Film Director

Talent: Cello Solo (Elgar's Cello Concerto 3rd Movement excerpt, by Edward Elgar)

Alayna Smith

West Jordan

City: West Jordan

College Preference: Brigham Young University

Career Goals: Piano Performance & Pedagogy; Lifelong Learner

Talent: Piano (Prelude Op. 32 No. 12, by Rachmaninoff)

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