Participants

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 2023.

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Sanjna Mizar

Bakersfield

City: Bakersfield

College Preference: UCLA

Career Goals: Psychiatrist

Talent: Playing Violin (Concerto Number 4, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

Emily Darbee

Bakersfield

City: Bakersfield

College Preference: Belmont University

Career Goals: Musical Theater

Talent: Singing (The Girl in 14G, by Kristen Chenoweth)

Anura Deshpande

Central San Diego County

City: San Diego

College Preference:

Career Goals: Professor/Academic Researcher

Talent: Piano (A Comme Amour, by Oliver Toussaint and Paul de Senneville)

Preethi Manne

Cerritos-Artesia East

City: Cerritos

College Preference: UCSD, UCLA, USC, Carnegie Melon University

Career Goals: Computer Science

Talent: Bollywood Dance  

Eileen Rodriguez Salehi

Cerritos-Artesia West

City: Cerritos

College Preference:

Career Goals: Doctor

Talent: Piano 

Claire Chang

Chino Hills

City: Chino Hills

College Preference: Wellesley College

Career Goals: Neuroscience Researcher

Talent: Contemporary Dance (Over the Rainbow, by Tang Shi Yi, Radhanath Thialan)

Alicia Ji

Greater San Diego County

City: San Diego

College Preference:

Career Goals:

Talent: Spoken Word (Poetry, by Alicia Ji)

Tina Mai

Newport Coast

City: Newport Coast

College Preference: Stanford, Princeton

Career Goals: STEM Entrepreneur, Writer

Talent: Spoken Word Poetry (Madame X, by Written by Tina Mai)

Meghna Mohan

North 4S Ranch San Diego

City: San Diego

College Preference: University of California, Los Angeles

Career Goals: Clinical Social Worker

Talent: Bharatanatyam  (Mi Gente Raga Mix, by IndianRaga)

Erika Li

North Cypress

City: Cypress

College Preference: Stanford University

Career Goals: Computer Science

Talent: Folklore Dance (folklore song, by )

Sabrina Zhang

North Los Angeles County

City: Arcadia

College Preference: Stanford, Wharton, Harvard

Career Goals: Entrepreneur

Talent: Dance (Strange, by Celeste)

Jessica Birchall

Oakdale

City: Oakdale

College Preference: UC's

Career Goals: Psychology

Talent: Piano playing ("Waterfall", by Jon Schmidt)

Kyra Shi

Petaluma

City: Petaluma

College Preference: carnegie mellon/MIT

Career Goals: engineer/entrepreneur

Talent: classical piano (Fantasie Impromptu, by Frederic Chopin)

Faith Bazaldua

Shafter

City: Shafter

College Preference: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Career Goals: Structural Engineer

Talent: Monologue (Medusa, by )

Hetvi Trivedi

South 4S Ranch San Diego

City: San Diego

College Preference: Any UC school - UCLA, UC Berkeley, etc.

Career Goals: STEM-geared; Most likely pre-med or physics/math

Talent: Bharatnatyam Classical Dance 

Allison Qu

South Cypress

City: Cypress

College Preference: UCLA, Stanford, UC Berkeley

Career Goals: Econ/ Finance/Communications

Talent: dance performance (90 Days , by P!nk, Wrabel)

Jina Kang

South Los Angeles County

City: Los Angeles

College Preference: Yale University, Columbia University,

Career Goals: Business Lawyer

Talent: Ballet (Gamzatti Variation from La Bayadere, by Ludwig Minkus)

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