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 Maryland participants for the Class of 2021.

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Sophia Krygowski

Baltimore County

City: Kingsville

College Preference:

Career Goals: Own and operate a sustainable hydroponics farm

Talent: Original Song ("Fever Dream", by Sophia Krygowski)

Anna Kleist

Calvert County

City: Prince Frederick

College Preference: Yale University

Career Goals: Medicine

Talent: Vocal Performance (O Del Mio Dolce Ardor, by Gluck)

Lilian Stoneberger

Carroll County


College Preference: Butler University/IUPUI

Career Goals: Musical Therapist

Talent: Singing (Astonishing - Little Women, by Jason Howland)

AaNiah Sanders

Charles County

City: White Plains

College Preference: North Carolina A&T

Career Goals: Aerospace Engineering

Talent: Dance (Contemporary, by AaNiah Sanders)

Camille Young


City: Columbia

College Preference: Spelman College

Career Goals: Lawyer

Talent: Dance (Jazz, by Just Got Paid by Ella Eyre)

Pauline Chang

Ellicott City

City: Ellicott City

College Preference: Brown University

Career Goals: Financial Manager

Talent: Korean Traditional Dance (Darha Nopigom, by Byungki Hwang)

Chloe Smith

Greater Baltimore

City: Pikesville

College Preference: CalArts

Career Goals: Dancer

Talent: Dance (Jazz solo, by Meagan McGuire)

Annika Rodoff

Greater Westminster

City: Eldersburg

College Preference: James Madison University, Johns Hopkins University

Career Goals: Elementary Education, Biostatistics, and/or Dance

Talent: Dance, Ballet (2nd Shade Variation, La Bayadere, by Marius Petipa (original choreographer), staged by Megan Logee )

Caelia Chung

Howard County

City: Ellicott City

College Preference: Georgetown University

Career Goals: Something allows me to travel or use another lang

Talent: Violin Performance (Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor, by Felix Mendelssohn)

Rio Baran

Northern Frederick County

City: Middletown

College Preference: Liberal Arts College or Research University

Career Goals: Apply scientific discoveries to the social world

Talent: Violin (Gigue from Sonata in D Minor, by F.M. Veracini)

K’lah Morgan

Prince Georges County

City: Laurel

College Preference: Spelman College

Career Goals: Actress

Talent: Jump Rope ("Cool Off", by Missy Elliot)

Brina Ratangee

Southern Frederick County

City: Frederick

College Preference: Johns Hopkins University

Career Goals: Neurosurgeon

Talent: Instrumental (Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, by Jean-Baptiste Accolay)

Alexandra Kelly

St Mary's County


College Preference:

Career Goals: Criminal Profiler

Talent: Alto Saxophone (Saxophobia, by Rudy Wiedoft)

Taylor Tompkins

Temple Hills

City: Temple Hills

College Preference: I don’t have one yet

Career Goals: Screenwriting and playwriting

Talent: singing  (Misty , by in the style of Sarah Vaughn )

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