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 2023.

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Sara Kaufman

Broward County

City: Cooper City

College Preference: Harvard, Johns Hopkins (applying in November)

Career Goals: Biomedical Engineer & Scientific Researcher

Talent: Spoken Word (Power , by Written by Sara Kaufman)

Elizabeth Cordero

East Ft. Myers

City: Fort Myers

College Preference: Florida State University

Career Goals: Lawyer

Talent: Original Oratory (, by Elizabeth Cordero)

Peyton Owens


City: Milton

College Preference: University of West Florida

Career Goals: Pediatric Radiologist

Talent: Sing (Oceans, by Hillsong)

Autumn Sobel

Okaloosa County

City: Niceville

College Preference: UNC Chapel Hill

Career Goals: Corporate lawyer

Talent: Magic Performance 

Madison Leddy


City: PACE

College Preference: Florida State University

Career Goals: BFA in Dance Performance and BS in Sports Medicine

Talent: Dance (It’s Getting Bad Again, by Ethan Jewell)

Sarah Downing

Panama City Beach

City: Panama City Bch

College Preference:

Career Goals: Commercial Dance

Talent: Lyrical Dance (Goodbye, by Mark Meismer, Choregrapher, Music by Sara Bareilles)

Autumn Pepper Rhodes

South Ft. Myers

City: Fort Myers

College Preference: Rice University

Career Goals: Commercial Pilot and Astronaut

Talent: Musical Theatre - Vocal (Mad Hatter - Wonderland, by Frank Wildhorn)

Sarah Dickey

St. John's County

City: Ponte Vedra Beach

College Preference: BFA Musical Theatre

Career Goals: Musician

Talent: Musical Theatre (Disneyland from the musical Smile, by Marvin Hamlisch)

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