Distinguished Young Women OF Iowa

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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Alina Markutsya
Distinguished Young Woman of Iowa for 2023
State Program Information

Class of 2024 Program

January 6, 2024

IA Cats Dance Company, Clive, IA

$10 for Adults
$8 kids 5-12
Kids under 5 free

January 6, 2024
Showcase begins at 6:00pm

We are excited to bring our state program back to in-person! This will be an all day program for our participants.

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 senior year of high school. Participants are evaluated in the areas of: scholastics, interview, talent, self-expression, and fitness.

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2023 Distinguished Young Woman of Iowa

Photo of Alina Markutsya
Alina Markutsya
University PreferenceUniversity of Pennsylvania
Career GoalFinancial Analyst

2023 Distinguished Young Woman of Iowa

Photo of Alina Markutsya
Alina Markutsya

University Preference
University of Pennsylvania

Career Goal
Financial Analyst

3rd Place Regional Winner of Junior Science and Humanities Symposium 2022 4-time Qualifier to the National Gymnastics Championships DECA International Career Development Conference Qualifier Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Finalist Junior Science and Humanities Symposium National Qualifier President of Ames DECA Speaker of the House - Iowa American Legion Auxiliary Girls State State Diving Qualifier and Top 15 Finisher Vice President of Ames National Honor Society Vice President of Leadership of Iowa DECA

Gymnastics - Level 10 National Competitive GymnastCommunity Service - Free gymnastics clinic for low-income householdsDECA - Iowa DECA VP of Leadership and Ames DECA President2022 Iowa America Legion Auxiliary Girls' StaterGymnastics InstructorLeader/Mentor of Science Fair at the Ames Middle SchoolMusic - Flute, Violin, and Saxaphone PlayerNational Honor SocietyResearch - Student Researcher, State/Regional WinnerVarsity Diver and Track Runner

Co-host of a radio segment for Ukrainians and their relativesCreated and led a free gymnastics clinic for kids from low-income householdsReiman Gardens VolunteerTaught Russian Class every Saturday for elementary-aged kidsTutored kids through the Harrison Barnes Reading Program

2024 State Participants

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