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 Florida participants for the Class of 2021.

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Madeline Magness

Bay County

City: Panama City Beach

College Preference: University of Central Florida

Career Goals: Working as a Forensic Examiner for the FBI

Talent: Dancing ("Is That Alright?", by Lady Gaga)

Ty'niyah Andrews


City: Chipley

College Preference: Troy University

Career Goals: Math Education

Talent: Praise dance (, by Tasha Cobbs)

Eileen Poling

Collier County

City: Marco Island

College Preference:

Career Goals: Public Policy & Computer Science

Talent: Irish Dancing (Madame Bonaparte, by Celtic Spirit School of Irish Dance)

Emma Bailey

Duvall County

City: Jacksonville

College Preference:

Career Goals: Broadway Actress, New York Deaf Theatre

Talent: Musical Theatre (In My Dreams, by Anastasia (musical))

Abigail Wynne

Escambia County

City: Cantonment

College Preference: Florida State University

Career Goals: Information Technology

Talent: Contemporary Dance (Eye of the Tiger, by Choreography by Noble Bradley and Ashley Barnett)

Melanie Canada

Jackson County

City: Marianna

College Preference: The Universtiy of Mobile

Career Goals: Speech Pathology

Talent: Vocal (Stupid Cupid, by Mandy Moore)

Hope Hackney


City: Jacksonville

College Preference: University of Alabama at Birmingham

Career Goals: Pediatric oncologist

Talent: Dance (Jazz, by Self choreographed-Hope Hackney)

Joanna Johnson

Leon County

City: Tallahassee

College Preference: Tallahassee Community College with transfer

Career Goals: CAAHEP accredited Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

Talent: Vocal Performance  (The Climb, by Miley Cyrus )

Oriana Jackson

Lynn Haven

City: Lynn Haven

College Preference: Stanford University

Career Goals: Neuropsychologist

Talent: Playing an instrument (Somewhere Over the Rainbow, by )

Isabella Johnson

Manatee County

City: Palmetto

College Preference:

Career Goals: professional ballet dancer, and journalist

Talent: Ballet (Pas de trois variation from Swan Lake, by Julius Reisinger )

Lindsey Abellard


City: Naples

College Preference: University of Richmond/ Colgate University

Career Goals: Health Science/ Environmental Studies

Talent: Vocal (Oceans , by Hillsong United)

Kaylee Hendry

Northeast Florida

City: Jacksonville

College Preference: Florida State University

Career Goals: BFA in Musical Theatre

Talent: Vocal (Taylor the Latte Boy , by Marcy Heisler and Zina Godrich)

Kylee Bobb

Okaloosa County

City: Fort Walton Beach

College Preference: University of Florida

Career Goals: Biomedical Engineer

Talent: Contemporary Dance ("Never Enough", by Loren Allred - The Greatest Showman)

Anagrace Fagot

Orange Co

City: Orlando

College Preference: Covenant or Hope College

Career Goals: News broadcaster or ESPN reporter

Talent: Dance  (Na Na Na , by Pentatonix )

Natalie Howell


City: Orlando

College Preference:

Career Goals:

Talent: Singing  (Christian Worship, by Lauren Daigle)

Brooke Envall

Osceola Co

City: St. Cloud

College Preference: UCLA, NYU, UNC, or FSU

Career Goals: Double Major in Musical Theater and Business Mgmt

Talent: Opera Performance (Der Holle Rache, by Mozart)

Natalia Cruz


City: Oviedo

College Preference: Kennesaw State University

Career Goals: Medical examiner

Talent: Singing and playing piano (Because of You , by Kelly Clarkson )

Rylee Ballard


City: Pace

College Preference: University of Florida

Career Goals:

Talent: singing  (Another in the Fire , by Hillsong United )

Sarah Menard

Pasco Co

City: Odessa

College Preference: University of Central Florida

Career Goals: Astronautical engineer

Talent: Clarinet Solo (Clarinet Concerto in A Major - KV. 622, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

Zahria Thomas


City: Ruskin

College Preference: Howard University

Career Goals: Computer Software Engineer

Talent: Slam Poetry (developing....., by Zee Thomas)

Ashley Beers

Santa Rosa County

City: Navarre

College Preference: West Point

Career Goals: Diplomat

Talent: Cello (Cello Suite No. 1 in G - Prelude, by Johann Sebastian Bach)

Kassandra Greenan


City: Sarasota

College Preference: University of Florida

Career Goals: Pediatric Neurologist

Talent: Singing (Yeah Boy, by Kelsea Ballerini)

Shirley Pandya

Seminole Co

City: Lake Mary

College Preference:

Career Goals: Neuroscientist + Computer Scientist

Talent: Tae Kwon Do (Titanium , by David Guetta ft. Sia)

Emma Harrison

St Petersburg

City: St. Petersburg

College Preference: DePaul University or Mount Holyoke College

Career Goals: A profession in the field of Art History and Music

Talent: Violin (Violin Concerto No. 2 in e minor, second movement, by Felix Mendelssohn)

Charleigh Baab



College Preference: University of Florida

Career Goals: Pre-health (pre-med, or PT, or psych)

Talent: Dance (Feeling Good , by Charleigh Baab )

Ella Dayton-Yaeger

Tierra Verde

City: St. Petersburg

College Preference:

Career Goals:

Talent: Art  (Speed Drawing/Painting , by Ella Dayton-Yaeger)

Keegan Welch

Washington County

City: Chipley

College Preference: Florida State University-Panama City Campus

Career Goals: Master's Degree in Psychology

Talent: Theatrical Performance 

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