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 Michigan participants for the Class of 2021.

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Desiree Herrst

Central Lake

City: Central Lake

College Preference: Swarthmore College

Career Goals: undecided

Talent: Powerlifting demonstration 

Carigan Price


City: Clarkston

College Preference: University of Michigan

Career Goals: Business/Finance

Talent: Lyrical Dance (Listen, by Beyonce)

Maria Cheriyan

Farmington Hills

City: Farmington Hills

College Preference: Harvard College

Career Goals: Computer Scientist, Doctor

Talent: Voice/Singing  (The Next Right Thing (Frozen II), by Kristen Bell)

Emily Nyquist

Grand Rapids

City: Grand Rapids

College Preference: University of Michigan

Career Goals: Attorney with International Justice Mission (IJM)

Talent: Monologue (What is there to Explain from Iron Jawed Angels, by Jennifer Friedes)

Grace Willoughby

Irish Hills

City: Brooklyn

College Preference: Adrian College

Career Goals: Teaching

Talent: Instrumental (In Summer, by Arr. Rick Stitzel)

Sydney Maddox

Lake Orion

City: Lake Orion

College Preference: Duke University

Career Goals: Biomedical Engineer

Talent: Reciting Original Poetry (I Am Measured, by Sydney Maddox )

Anjali Petrucci


City: Northville

College Preference: The University of Michigan

Career Goals: Biomedical Engineer with a minor in Business

Talent: Dance (Beautiful by Christina Aguilera, by Sonia & Anjali Petrucci)

Rachel Lee


City: Okemos

College Preference: Columbia University

Career Goals: Environmental Enginneering

Talent: Cello Solo (Elegie, Op 24, by Gabriel Faure)

Jessica Axtman


City: Rockford

College Preference: University of Michigan

Career Goals: Corporate lawyer

Talent: Violin (Sleepwalking, by Lindsey Sterling)

Emma Elinski

Wayne County

City: Westland

College Preference: Lawrence Technological University

Career Goals: Engineering

Talent: Dance (L-O-V-E, by Nat King Cole)

Morgan Butler


City: Wayne

College Preference: University of Michigan Ann Arbor

Career Goals: Writer

Talent: Dance (They're Playing My Song (Hers), by Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager)

Arleth Gonzalez


City: Westland

College Preference: Undecided

Career Goals: Either dance, psychology, or business

Talent: Dance (Make You Feel My Love, by Sleeping at Last)

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