The Distinguished Young Woman of Michigan for 2022 is Sharanya Swaminathan, from Oakland County, Troy.
Sharanya’s achievements include: Michigan Indian Icon Title • National Merit Scholar • Presidential Volunteer Service Award Gold (2 years) • 1st Place at Harvard & Princeton Model UN • US Presdential Scholar Semifinalist • Guinness World Record for Bharatanatyam Dance Challenge • Small Business Fellowship with Rep. Haley Stevens • Coca Cola Scholarship Semifinalist • Internationals Qualifier for DECA (x2) , Forensics States Qualifier • Bronze Medal for Research in Alpha Scholars (Harvard-affiliated)
In addition, Sharanya’s activities include: Model United Nations (president) • DECA (Executive Council) • Forensics Speech and Debate (Captain) • Indian Classical Dance (Bharatanatyam) • Indian-fusion Riyaaz Dance Team (Captain) • Girls for Business (Mentorship Coordinator) • International Youth Politics Forum (Writer) • Political Campaigning (Senate, City Council) • Michigan Indian American Community Service (Volunteer) • Student Representative for Global Troy Advisory Committee
Trained 40+ young girls in Indian classical dance as a means of giving back • Helped offer advice and resources to 15+ young Indian-American small businesses. • To improve literacy and a love for learning, tutored and aided Beyond Basics • To empower women in business, created free business curricula for 300+ girls • Contacted 101,000+ voters to empathize and listen; raised $13,000+ for candidate