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 York County participants for the Class of 2023.

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Emilyn Bedell

High School: York Suburban High School

College Preference: Swarthmore College

Career Goals: Music Education

Talent: Violin Performance (Test Drive, by John Powell)

Natalie Cottrell

High School: Dallastown Area High School

College Preference: York College of Pennsylvania

Career Goals: Healthcare Administrator

Talent: Poetry Recitement  (But Still I Rise, by Natalie Cottrell)

Ellie Dunaja

High School: Susquehannock High School

College Preference: Baldwin Wallace University

Career Goals: Musical Theatre

Talent: Tap Dance  

Ivy Elder

High School: Red Lion Area Senior High School

College Preference: Mansfield University

Career Goals: Band or Choir director

Talent: Vocal 

Gabrielle Etter

High School: Spring Grove Area High School

College Preference: Princeton

Career Goals: Engineering

Talent: Singing (Hallelujah, by Leonard Cohen)

Angelina Fontana

High School: Spring Grove Area Highschool

College Preference: Washington Jefferson College

Career Goals: Lawyer

Talent: Spoken Word Poetry (Leaves Compared with Flower, by Robert Frost)

Kaylee Gorsegner

High School: Central York High School

College Preference: American University

Career Goals: Political Analyst

Talent: Gymnastics Floor Routine 

Kailee Heininger

High School: Central York High School

College Preference: Clemson University

Career Goals: Finance

Talent: Reciting Poetry 

Alivia John

High School: Central York High School

College Preference: Northeastern University

Career Goals: Pediatrician

Talent: Piano (Village Dance Op. 777, No. 8, by Carl Czerny)

Rachel Kaintz

High School: South Western High School

College Preference: Virginia Tech University

Career Goals: Biological Systems Engineer

Talent: Clarinet (Clarinet Concerto No. 1, by Carl Maria von Weber)

Morgan Kaylor

High School: Red Lion Area Senior High School

College Preference: University of Pittsburgh

Career Goals: Pharmacist

Talent: Lyrical Dance (Before You Go by The Piano Guys, by Self Choreographed)

Haley Kennedy

High School: Red Land High School

College Preference: Towson University

Career Goals: Forensic Chemistry

Talent: Vocal (Maybe This Time, by Cabaret)

Hannah Kuhn

High School: York Suburban High School

College Preference: York College

Career Goals: Elementary Education

Talent: Vocal ("All That Matters" from Finding Neverland, by Eliot Kennedy and Gary Barlow)

Paige Langmead

High School: Dallastown Area High School

College Preference: Northeastern University

Career Goals: Architecture and Graphic Design

Talent: Singing (Love Will Come and Find Me Again, by Original Broadway cast of Bandstand - Laura Osnes)

Payton Lutz

High School: Central York High School

College Preference: Rider University Musical Theatre BFA

Career Goals: Musical Theatre Performer

Talent: Vocal (Gimme, Gimme, by Thoroughly Modern Millie the Musical)

Ava Markel

High School: Dallastown Area High School

College Preference: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Career Goals: Psychology

Talent: Spoken Word (Unified Amidst Unrest, by Ava Markel)

Mya Minnich

High School: Northeastern High School

College Preference: Eckerd College

Career Goals: Attorney-prosecutor

Talent: Jazz Dance  

Magdalene Motter

High School: York Catholic High School

College Preference: Penn State

Career Goals: Medicine

Talent: Vocal  (This has recently been changed., by )

Lexi Rinehart

High School: Spring Grove Area High School

College Preference: University of Pittsburgh

Career Goals: Attorney

Talent: Contemporary Dance 

Sydney Rudisill

High School: York Country Day School

College Preference: University of Georgia

Career Goals: Clinical Molecular Genetics

Talent: Singing and playing piano (A Million Dreams, by The Greatest Showman)

Gracie Shaub

High School: Spring Grove Area High School

College Preference: University of Pennsylvania

Career Goals: Entrepreneur

Talent: Voice/Guitar (Brick by Brick, by Gracie Shaub)

Anna Smith

High School: Dallastown Area High School

College Preference: Peabody Conservatory

Career Goals: Orchestral Conductor

Talent: Harp (Swan Lake Cadenza, by Tchaikovsky )

Kylie Snelbaker

High School: Dover Area High School

College Preference: San Diego State University

Career Goals: Interior Designer

Talent: Vocal Performance 

Quinn Starrett

High School: Red Land High School

College Preference: Boston Conservatory at Berklee

Career Goals: Broadway Performer

Talent: Singing (Times Are Hard for Dreamers from Amélie, by Daniel Massé and Craig Lucas )

Faith Stewart

High School: York Suburban High School

College Preference: Lincoln University

Career Goals: Digital Market Designer

Talent: Gymnastics 

Kya Toms

High School: Central York High School

College Preference: Virginia Tech University

Career Goals: Environmental Law

Talent: Dance (Tiny Dancer, by Elton John)

Alexa Viands

High School: Susquehannock High School

College Preference: Schreyer Honors College of Penn State University

Career Goals: Anesthesiologist

Talent: Vocal ("I Thought About You", by Jimmy Van Heusen)

Emma White

High School: Dallastown Area High School

College Preference: York College of Pennsylvania

Career Goals: Teacher

Talent: Vocal Performance  (Si Mes Vers Avaient Des Ailes, by Reynaldo Hahn)

Katrina Wolfe

High School: Dallastown Area High School

College Preference: Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University

Career Goals: Music (Cello) Performance

Talent: Cello Performance (Excerpt from Saint Saens Cello Concerto no. 1, by Camille Saint Saens)

Stella Wolfe

High School: York Country Day

College Preference: Stanford University

Career Goals: Dermatologist

Talent: Cello (Danse Rustique, by William Henry Squire)

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