Distinguished Young Women OF Illinois

is part of a national scholarship program that promotes and rewards scholastics, leadership and talent in young women. Earn scholarships for higher education, personally develop through the DYW Life Skills Workshops, and make new friends from around the state.

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Anne Crum
Distinguished Young Woman of Illinois for 2024
State Program Information

Class of 2024 Program

Sunday, July 30, 2023 at 4:00 p.m.
Carl Sandburg High School Performing Arts Center


Life-Changing Experience

College scholarships are awarded at the state level and millions in college-granted scholarships are available nationally. The state representative will advance to the national program for the opportunity to compete for cash tuition scholarships. To participate, you must be in your junior of high school. Participants are evaluated in the areas of: scholastics, interview, talent, self-expression, and fitness.

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2024 Distinguished Young Woman of Illinois

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Anne Crum
FromGlen Ellyn
University PreferenceWashington University in St. Louis
Career GoalProfessional Dancer/Lawyer

2024 Distinguished Young Woman of Illinois

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Anne Crum
Glen Ellyn

University Preference
Washington University in St. Louis

Career Goal
Professional Dancer/Lawyer

Glenbard West Matter of Pride Recipient Glenbard West World Languages Departmental Award 2023 Seal of Biliteracy in SpanishAP Scholar with DistinctionSpanish Honor Society member National Honor Society memberRho Kappa memberGlenbard West Junior Social Studies Scholar 2023Glenbard West Sophomore Social Studies Scholar 2022

Dupree Dance Convention AssistantGlenbard West Theatre 2023 & 2024 Musical ChoreographerSunshine Dance Company Senior Company MemberSunshine Dance Dance TeacherGlenbard West Medical Club PresidentGlenbard West Global Connect PresidentGlenbard West Spanish Honor Society BoardHadley Junior High 2023 & 2024 Musical ChoreographerGlenbard West Junior & Senior MentorGlenbard West Dance Team

Glen Ellyn Children's Resource Center Substitute TutorGlenbard West Junior & Senior MentorGlenbard West Writing Center Tutor

2025 State Participants

Eliana Abellera
University PreferenceUniversity of Chicago
Career GoalChemist
TalentSinging (With Guitar Accompaniment)
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Stefani Andrews
University PreferenceNorthwestern
Career GoalNeurosurgeon
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Sarah Ballenger
University PreferenceUniversity of Alabama
Career GoalMusic Career With A Focus In Performance, Playing Violin In Broadway Pits And Large Orchestras
TalentPlaying The Violin
Theresa Bartelme
University PreferenceYale University
Career GoalDiplomat/Advocate/Novelist
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Frida  Beiko
University Preference4-year
Career GoalMedicine
TalentHigh Jumping
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Luvena Bhutiani
CityBuffalo Grove
University PreferenceCornell University
Career GoalSenior Executive At Major Hotel Company Or Secretary Of Us Department Of Commerce
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Olivia  Cordes
University PreferenceUndecided
Career GoalLooking For A Successful Career Path
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Iris  Delis
CityOrland Park
University PreferenceUniversity of Michigan
Career GoalLawyer, Entrepreneur
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Shruti Govindarajan
CityBuffalo Grove
University PreferenceBrown University
Career GoalPhysician
TalentFusion Viola, Western Classical, Indian Carnatic Vocal
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Aiman Imran
University PreferenceUniversity of Chicago
Career GoalData Science And Public Policy
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Alia Islam
University PreferenceUniversity of Southern California
Career GoalEntertainment Entrepreneur
TalentSinging In Spanish
Rhea Makkuni
University PreferenceBrown University
Career GoalNeurosurgeon
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Caimora Montgomery
University PreferenceUniversity of Illinois Chicago
Career GoalNeurosurgeon
Shloka Rao
University PreferenceUniversity of Illinois- Urbana Champaign
Career GoalData Analyst
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Sarah Sekiguchi
CityHoffman Estates
University PreferenceUniversity of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Career GoalStem Field
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Haasini Some
University PreferenceUT Austin, UW Madison, Purdue University, Georgia Tech, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Career GoalIn The Future, I Aspire To Work As An Engineer In The Biomedical Field Or With Artificial Intelligence.
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Jalise Thomas
CityChicago Heights
University PreferenceHBCU's
Career GoalForensic Science/ Business
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Anishka Vora
University PreferenceUniversity of Miami
Career GoalDoctor/Dermatologist
TalentDance (Kathak Indian Classical Dance)
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Erin Wade
CityEvergreen Park
University PreferenceOberlin College
Career GoalPathology & Music
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Kunyu  Yao
CityBuffalo Grove
University PreferenceComputer Science
Career GoalComputer Engineer/Developer
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Qi Zhang
CityBuffalo Grove
University PreferenceYale
Career GoalPediatric Oncologist
TalentMartial Arts (Wushu)
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