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 California participants for the Class of 2021.

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Carissa Sales


City: Bakersfield

College Preference: Cal Poly San Louis Obispo

Career Goals: Nutritionist

Talent: Classical Ballet Variation 

Skyla Nelson


City: Carlsbad

College Preference: Undecided

Career Goals: Speech Language Pathologist, ASL

Talent: Contemporary dance (All I Ask - Adele, by Juli Yamanaka)

Cynthia Zhang

Central San Diego County

City: San Diego

College Preference: MIT

Career Goals: Cybersecurity Engineer

Talent: Piano (Black Keys Etude, by Frédéric Chopin)

Ashley Gong


City: Cerritos

College Preference: UCLA, UC Berkeley

Career Goals: Psychology of Business

Talent: Singing (Skyfall, by Adele)

Natalie Mariscal


City: Clovis

College Preference: Purdue, Pepperdine, Cal Poly SLO

Career Goals: Physican's Assistant

Talent: Singing 

Karina Li


City: Cypress

College Preference: Stanford University, UCLA

Career Goals: Information Technology Professional

Talent: Chinese Folk Dance (Ling's Dance Academy, by Ling Jin)

Janine Jiang


City: Danville

College Preference: top-notch college

Career Goals: STEM

Talent: Piano (L'isle Joyeuse, by Claude Debussy)

Caroline Hamm

Del Norte County

City: Crescent City

College Preference: University of Oregon

Career Goals: Dietitian

Talent: Lyrical/Contemporary Dance (Try, by Colbie Caillat)

Randi Joaquino


City: Delano

College Preference: UCSD

Career Goals: Becoming a dermatologist

Talent: Dance  (Tap, by Barbie Rodriguez)

Sage Saling

East Los Angeles County

City: Los Angeles

College Preference: University of Michigan, Columbia

Career Goals: United Nations Women, Theatrical Performer

Talent: Vocal Performance (On My Own from Les Misérables , by Claude-Michel Schönberg and John Cameron)

Nicole Zakharyan


City: Fresno

College Preference: University of California, Riverside

Career Goals: Physician

Talent: Singing (Мы едем в далекие края, by N/A)

Isabella Caputo

Greater Bakersfield

City: Bakersfield

College Preference: Undecided

Career Goals: Business

Talent: Piano (Harry Potter Medley, by John Williams, arranged by Isabella Caputo)

Vivian Chung

Greater San Diego County

City: San Diego

College Preference: UC Berkeley

Career Goals: Pharmaceutical Engineer/ Biomedical Engineer

Talent: Stand Up Comedy (, by Original)

Shriya Selvakumar

Inland San Diego County

City: San Diego

College Preference: Undecided

Career Goals: Science and Technology

Talent: Bharatanatyam (Thillana , by Suba)

Brianna Tang


City: Irvine

College Preference: Stanford/Harvard

Career Goals: Businesswoman and/or Computer Scientist

Talent: Baking 

Madeline Glave

North Los Angeles County

City: Encino

College Preference: University of Michigan, Penn State,Baldwin-Wallace

Career Goals: Musical Theater Performer

Talent: Singing (Lean On Me, by by Bill Withers)

Jadyn Rau


City: Oakdale

College Preference: Stanford University

Career Goals: Anesthesiologist

Talent: Tap Dance (Singing in the rain, by Self)

Wai Yan Fong


City: Pittsburg

College Preference: Yale University, Princeton University

Career Goals: Educator

Talent: Guzheng (Lament of Lin'an, by Jiliang Lin)

Ashley Youm


City: Placentia

College Preference: Duke

Career Goals: Criminologist

Talent: Hip-Hop (Rap God , by Eminem )

Julia Adey


City: Pleasanton

College Preference: UCLA

Career Goals: To lead a team on a technological company

Talent: Poetry (Societal standards of women, by Julia Adey)

Sofia Gaxiola

San Diego

City: San Diego

College Preference: Berkeley, UCLA

Career Goals: Neurobiology & Health/Nutrition

Talent: Vocal (Fly me to the Moon, by Frank Sinatra)

Angela Tsang

San Jose

City: San Jose

College Preference: IU, USC

Career Goals: Computational Biology, Piano

Talent: Classical Piano (Etude Op. 10 No. 12, Revolutionary, by Fryderyk Chopin)

Michelle Shen

Santa Rosa

City: Santa Rosa

College Preference: Brown University, Pomona College

Career Goals: Quantitative Biomedical Researcher

Talent: classical ballet variation (Kitri Variation from Act III of Don Quixote, by choreographed by Marius Petipa)

Shelbee Ramos


City: Shafter

College Preference: UC Santa Barbara

Career Goals: Pediatrician

Talent: Vocal "All I Ask" by Adele 

Chizaram Izima

South Los Angeles County

City: Norwalk

College Preference: Johns Hopkins University, UC San Diego

Career Goals: Neurologist or Physician Assistant

Talent: Vocal Performance (A Change is Gonna Come, by Sam Cook)

Lilyane Stessman


City: Turlock

College Preference: UC Berkeley

Career Goals: Computer Science

Talent: Piano (Sonatina Op.88 No.3, by Friedrich Kuhlau)

Suzanne Wheeler

West Los Angeles County

City: Torrance

College Preference: CalTech, Cal Poly SLO

Career Goals: Ankle Surgeon, Sports Medicine

Talent: Dance (It's Oh So Quiet, by Bjork)

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