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 2020.

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Jasmine Kurian


City: Bakersfield

College Preference: Stanford Medical School

Career Goals: Reproductive Endocrinologist

Talent: Bollywood Dance  (Indian Dance, by Suja Nair Krishnan)

Eileen Hsing


City: Brea

College Preference: UC or private

Career Goals: Dance teacher

Talent: Dance (Half Light (music), by BANNERS)

Richa Upadhyay


City: Carlsbad

College Preference: UCSD, UCLA

Career Goals: Reproductive Medicine

Talent: Bollywood Fusion Dance ("Ainvayi Ainvayi" and "She Move It Like", by Sunidhi Chauhan and Badshah)

Allee Her

Central California

City: Clovis

College Preference: Stanford University

Career Goals: Pediatrician

Talent: Instrumental Violin  (Promentory, by Trevor Jones)

Keerthana Sundar

Central San Diego County

City: San Diego

College Preference: UCs, Cornell

Career Goals: Veterinary Research or Wildlife Biology

Talent: Piano (Prelude in D minor, by Johann Sebastian Bach)

Josie Nieh

Cerritos-Artesia, East

City: Artesia

College Preference: USC, UC Berkeley

Career Goals: Business

Talent: Piano (Le Chateau Ambulant/Theme from Howl's Moving Castle, by Composed and conducted by Joe Hisaishi)

Sujanya Narayanan

Cerritos-Artesia, West

City: Cerritos

College Preference: UC Berkeley/Johns Hopkins

Career Goals: Neonatologist

Talent: Violin (Winter from The Four Seasons, Allegro non molto, by Antonio Vivaldi)

Cosette Tsai


City: Clovis

College Preference: Fresno State Smittcamp / UC Irvine

Career Goals: Pediatrician specialist

Talent: Gymnastics Dance 

Anita Liu


City: Cypress

College Preference: Stanford, MIT

Career Goals: applied mathematician, computer scientist

Talent: Folkloric Dance (Awaiting, by )

Elsie Swiderski

Del Norte County

City: Crescent City

College Preference: Utah State University or UC Davis

Career Goals: Veterinarian or Math Teacher

Talent: Musical Instrument - Violin (Nearer My God to Thee, by Sarah Flower Adams)

Megan Reyna


City: Delano

College Preference: Stanford University

Career Goals: Attorney

Talent: Contemporary Dance (Behind the Wall, by Tracy Chapman)

Ella Ramamurthy

East Los Angeles County

City: Glendale

College Preference: Stanford University, Johns Hopkins University

Career Goals: Biomedical Engineering, Biophysics

Talent: Dance  (Latin Ballroom Fusion , by Lilia Sedrakyan)

Ella Goens

Greater Bakersfield

City: Bakersfield

College Preference: Point Loma

Career Goals: Dietitian

Talent: Classical Ballet Variation (The Nutcracker Suite, by Ann Conrad)

Kimiya Ghassemzadeh

Inland San Diego County

City: San Diego

College Preference: UCs, Stanford

Career Goals: To change a life in the human biology field!

Talent: Piano (Wedding Day at Troldhaugen, Op. 65, no. 6, by Edvard Grieg)

Claire Kim

Irvine, East

City: Irvine

College Preference: Brown University

Career Goals: Neurosurgeon

Talent: Viola  (Por Una Cabeza, by Carlos Gardel)

Naomi Hampton

Irvine, West

City: Irvine

College Preference: Oxford University

Career Goals: Politician

Talent: Dramatic Monologue (Piece of My Heart, by Shirley Lauro)

Rebecca Pan

Los Altos

City: Los Altos

College Preference: Harvard University, Columbia University

Career Goals: Law/Political Science

Talent: Solo Piano Performance (Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C# Minor, by Sergei Rachmaninoff)

Melia Jost

North Los Angeles County

City: Sierra Madre

College Preference: New York University, Northwestern University

Career Goals: Musical Theater

Talent: Vocal (Defying Gravity, by Stephen Schwartz)

Sravani Duggirala

Northern San Diego County

City: San Diego

College Preference: Caltech or MIT

Career Goals: Aeronautical Engineer or Chemical Engineer

Talent: Vocal (Love Me Like You Do, by Ellie Goulding)

Jaden Chau


City: Oakdale

College Preference: UCLA

Career Goals: Engineering and the math field

Talent: Dance (Mixture of Jazz, Hip Hop, and Ballet , by Myself )

Kristen McGuire


City: Shafter

College Preference: California State University, Bakersfield

Career Goals: Registered Nurse

Talent: Tap Dance (All That Jazz, by )

Queen Chiwanga

South Los Angeles County

City: Rosemead

College Preference: USC or Stanford

Career Goals: OB/GYN or Neonatologist

Talent: Dramatic Selection  (The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas)

Carson Burell


City: Taft

College Preference: UCSB, UCSD

Career Goals:


Stephanie Temnyk


City: Denair

College Preference: Arizona State University

Career Goals: PhD in Biotechnology / Horticulture

Talent: Piano Performance (Cuentos del Matador, by EugĂ©nie Rocherolle)

Noor Nouaili

West Los Angeles County


College Preference: Yale and UPenn

Career Goals: pediatrician

Talent: Cello Performance  (Broadway from 10 American Cello Etudes , by Aaron Minsky )

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