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 Starkville participants for the Class of 2021.

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Marilyn Cosby

High School: Starkville Academy

College Preference: Mississippi State University

Career Goals: Labor and delivery/nursery nurse

Talent: Color Guard (Rise Up, by Andra Day)

Hannah Daniels

High School: Starkville High School

College Preference: Undecided

Career Goals: Undecided

Talent: Vocal Performance (I See Fire, by Ed Sheeran)

Kate Dickerson

High School: Starkville High School

College Preference: Mississippi State University

Career Goals: I'd like to open my own graphic design company.

Talent: Tap Dance (Uptown Funk Viola Cover, by Jeremy Green)

Tate Honea

High School: Starkville High School

College Preference: Mississippi State University

Career Goals: to become a speech-language pathologist

Talent: Lyrical dance (Sun, by Sleeping at Last)

Amanda Kaplan

High School: Starkville High School

College Preference: UCLA

Career Goals: Marine Biologist

Talent: Lyrical Dance (Iris, by Kina Grannis)

Jillian Kelly

High School: Starkville Academy

College Preference: Mississippi State University

Career Goals: High School Band Director

Talent: Oboe Solo (In Christ Alone, by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend, arg. by Stan Pethel)

Emily Mago

High School: Starkville Academy

College Preference: University of Florida

Career Goals: Mechanical Engineer or Business

Talent: Monologue 

Laura Martin

High School: Starkville High School

College Preference: Auburn University

Career Goals: Cosmetic Dermatologist

Talent: Dance (Brave , by Savannah Outen (acoustic cover))

Kaitlyn McGee

High School: Starkville High School

College Preference: Mississippi State University

Career Goals: Accountant

Talent: Praise Dancing (Break Every Chain, by Tasha Cobbs)

Kelly Owens

High School: Starkville High School

College Preference: University of Southern Mississippi

Career Goals: Nurse Practitioner

Talent: Singing (Taylor the Latte Boy, by Marcy Heisler)

Claire Potts

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College Preference: Mississippi State University

Career Goals: Medicine

Talent: Monologue (Original, by Claire Potts)

Evelyn Smith

High School: Starkville Christian school

College Preference: Mississippi State University

Career Goals: A career in education or business

Talent: Singing (Beautiful Ghosts, by Taylor swift)

Makenzie Stone

High School: Starkville High School

College Preference: Vanderbilt University

Career Goals: Dermatologist

Talent: Vocal Presentation (A Million Dreams, by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul)

Sarah Strickland

High School: Starkville high school

College Preference:

Career Goals:

Talent: Taekwondo form 

Johntavia Toliver

High School:

College Preference:

Career Goals: Neuro- psychologist

Talent: Song (Scars to Your Beautiful, by Alessia Cara)

Marquetta Toliver

High School:

College Preference: Mississippi State University

Career Goals: Veterinarian medicine

Talent: Poem (See It Through, by Edgar Albert Guest)

Kasey Trainer

High School: Starkville High School

College Preference:

Career Goals: Middle/ High School teacher

Talent: Poem Recite (, by Maya Angelou)

Victory Yarbrough

High School: Starkville High School

College Preference: University of Birmingham Alabama

Career Goals: Neonatal Nurse

Talent: contemporary dance (Scars to your beautiful , by Alessia Cara)

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