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 2020.

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Allison Poling

Bel Air

City: Bel Air

College Preference: TBD

Career Goals: Civil Engineering

Talent: Modern Dance (Mishima String Quartet #3, by Philip Glass)

Jordan Costley

Carroll County

City: Westminster

College Preference: University of Maryland, Baltimore County/Hood Coll

Career Goals: Social Worker/ Music Therapist

Talent: Dancing  (Raining Men, by Gloria Gaynor)

Kennedy Thompson


City: Catonsville

College Preference: Rochester Institute of Technology

Career Goals: Game Developer

Talent: Programming 

Elizabeth Daniel

Charles County

City: Bryantown

College Preference: Wake Forest University

Career Goals: Software Engineer

Talent: Vocal with Piano Accompaniment (Fools Fall in Love from All Shook Up the Musical, by Elvis Presley, revised by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller for the musical version)

Yoori Kim

Ellicott City

City: Ellicott City

College Preference: University of Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt University

Career Goals: Communications

Talent: Piano While Blindfolded (Arabesque No. 1, by Claude Debussy)

Isabel Causey

Greater Baltimore

City: Baltimore

College Preference: Clemson University

Career Goals: Politician, Activist, Dancer

Talent: Dance (Contemporary, by Danielle Sten-Guillermo)

Alexa Fanning

Greater Westminster

City: Westminster

College Preference: Small Liberal Arts School

Career Goals: Broadway Actress, Life Coach, or Psychologist

Talent: Singing (Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again, by Andrew Lloyd Webber)

Katelyn O’Connor

Harford County

City: Bel Air

College Preference: Princeton University

Career Goals: Lawyer and CEO of my own firm

Talent: Dance (Contemporary solo, by Danielle Sten- Guiermillo)

Co-Tu Doan

Howard County

City: Ellicott City

College Preference: UMD

Career Goals: to do something meaningful

Talent: Singing  (If music be the food of love, by Henry Purcell )

Megan Gilbart

Northern Frederick County

City: Middletown

College Preference: Duke University, UNC Chapel Hill

Career Goals: Entrepreneur

Talent: Clarinet (Sonatina, by Malcolm Arnold)

Megan Chang

Southern Frederick County

City: Ijamsville

College Preference: College of William & Mary; Vanderbilt

Career Goals: Secondary Math Teacher

Talent: Piano performance (Pathétique Sonata (Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13), by Ludwig van Beethoven)

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