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 2022.

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Hailey Pierce

Calvert County

City: Lusby

College Preference: Small Sized School

Career Goals: Pediatric Specialist

Talent: Monologue  

Danielle Rizzo

Carroll County

City: Westminster

College Preference: University of Maryland

Career Goals: Psychiatrist

Talent: Singing (Be A Light, by Thomas Rhett)

Nina Ferrero

Charles County

City: Port Tobacco

College Preference: University of Notre Dame

Career Goals: Medicine

Talent: Dance (Train Wreck, Old Church Choir, by James Arthur, Zach Williams)

Erica Spicer


City: Waldorf

College Preference: John Hopkins, James Madison, Temple, UMD

Career Goals: Biomedical Scientist,Biotechnologist,Microbiologis

Talent: Liturgical/Contemporary Dance (Out of Hiding by Steffany Gretzinger, by Erica Spicer)

Naomi Miatudila

Montgomery County

City: Silver Spring

College Preference: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Career Goals: An engineer

Talent: Dance  (Lyrical Solo, by Dance teacher - Kymm Stevens)

Erin Kady

Northern Frederick County

City: Myersville

College Preference: Georgetown University

Career Goals: Political Analyst

Talent: Dance (Tainted Love, by Soft Cell)

Nandita Narayanan

Prince George's County

City: Laurel

College Preference: Johns Hopkins University

Career Goals: Biomedical Engineer

Talent: Bollywood Dance (Dhoom Taana (from Om Shanti Om), by Shreya Ghoshal/Abhijeet Bhattacharya)

Isha Sahai

Southern Frederick County

City: Frederick

College Preference: University of Pennsylvania

Career Goals: Future Physician

Talent: Bollywood Dance 

Lena Martinez

St Mary’s County

City: California

College Preference: 4-year university

Career Goals: Audiology / Speech Language Pathology

Talent: Musical Instrument - Violin (Kuchler op 15 Concertino in the style of Vivaldi, by Kuchler with inspiration from Vivaldi)

Genevieve Batman

Western Maryland

City: Cumberland

College Preference: University of South Alabama

Career Goals: Physician - Performing Arts Medicine

Talent: Cello (Julie-o , by Mark Summers)

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