Distinguished Young Women OF Kentucky


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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Ellen Fei
Distinguished Young Woman of Kentucky for 2024
State Program Information

Class of 2024 Program

January 12-13, 2024

Where:
Singletary Center for the Arts, Lexington

Times:
1st Prelim - Fri. January 12 at 7:00 pm EST
2nd Prelim - Sat. January 13 at 11:00 am EST
Finals - Sat. January 13 at 7:00 pm EST

Tickets:
Check back for prices, on-sale dates and times, and ticket purchasing link.

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 Kentucky

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Ellen Fei
FromLexington
University PreferenceJohns Hopkins University
Career GoalPhysician

2024 Distinguished Young Woman of Kentucky

Photo of Ellen Fei
Ellen Fei
From
Lexington

University Preference
Johns Hopkins University

Career Goal
Physician

Achievements:
National Merit FinalistTechnology Student Association (TSA): National & State 1st Place Software Development​​Speech Team: 1st Place Informative Speaking - Au Revoir National Invitational TournamentDebate Team: 1st Place Individual Speaker - Novice Public Forum DebateScience Olympiad: State 2nd Place Anatomy & Physiology; 3rd Place Disease DetectivesTSA: National 8th Place Essays on Technology; 10th Place Debating Technological IssuesScience Fair: State 2nd Place, District & Regional 1st Place - Systems Software CategoryBeta Club: National 4th Place, State 1st Place Instrumentalist (with Guzheng); National 5th Place, State 1st Place - Speech Division IIGuzheng Exam Level 10 (highest level in Chinese instrumental exams)National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Historian

Activites:
Technology Student Association (TSA), State Secretary, School Vice PresidentResearch mentee at University of Kentucky, composed audio/visual presentation for Alzheimer's Association International Conference & Organization for Human Brain MappingJohns Hopkins Medical School Intensive Pre-College ProgramScience Olympiad, MentorDunbar Cultural Society, President, Culture Fair CoordinatorBeta Club, Convention ChairDunbar Medical Society, President, Guest Speaker CoordinatorSpeech and Debate Team, MentorStudent Council, TreasurerScience National Honor Society, Leadership Team

Additional:
STARTALK Chinese ProgramBluegrass Youth Artists & Friends in Music, violin mentorGuzheng performances (nursing homes & cultural events)Toys with a Purpose toy driveElementary school science fair, mentor & judge

2024 State Participants

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Olivia Ashley
CityLouisville
University PreferenceIndiana University or University of Missouri
Career GoalBroadcast Journalist
TalentVocal
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Amira Bowman
CityLebanon
University PreferenceBellarmine University
Career GoalA Career In Public Policy
TalentTap Dance
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Molly Brady
CitySpringfield
University PreferenceUniversity of Kentucky
Career GoalPharmacist
TalentPiano
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Kyra  Cain
CityLiberty
University PreferenceAsbury University
Career GoalKyra Plans To Earn A Degree In Exercise Science, Pre Physical Therapy. Then Go On To Complete School To Become A Physical Therapist.
TalentTheatrical Monologue
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Rachel Cavanah
CityHopkinsville
University PreferenceBall State University
Career GoalI Would Love To Work In Musical Theater Professionally.
TalentMusical Theater Vocal
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Libby Clifton
CityMorganfield
University PreferenceMurray State University
Career GoalAgricultural Sales Representative
TalentVocal
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Shelby Cole
CityWest Liberty
University PreferenceMorehead State University
Career GoalVeterinarian
TalentBallet En Pointe
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Ellen Fei
CityLexington
University PreferenceJohns Hopkins University
Career GoalPhysician
TalentGuzheng
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Elisabeth Gifford
CitySalt Lick
University Preference
Career GoalCosmetologist
TalentBallet
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Madelyn  Goeing
CityWinchester
University PreferenceUniversity of Kentucky
Career GoalMy Career Goals Are To Become A Registered Nurse And Then Later Advance To A Nurse Practitioner In Hopes Of Owning My Own Practice.
TalentAcro Dance
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Samantha Gourd
CityMount Washington
University PreferenceCampbellsville University
Career GoalMajor In Social Work With A Minor In Psychology. Love To Become A Family Resource And Youth Service Center Coordinator.
TalentJazz Dance
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Madison Guse
CityDanville
University PreferenceLipscomb University
Career GoalPediatric Nurse
TalentPiano
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Chloe Hall
CityCampbellsville
University PreferenceUniversity of Kentucky
Career GoalDentist
TalentVocal
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Lauren Harrod
CityMidway
University PreferenceUniversity of Mississippi
Career GoalDouble Major In International Affairs And French With A Minor In Intelligence And Security Studies
TalentJazz Dance
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Hannah Hash
CityVersailles
University PreferenceWestern Kentucky University
Career GoalAttorney
TalentContemporary Dance
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Wittley Jacobs
CityMount Sterling
University PreferenceUniversity of Kentucky
Career GoalPhysical Therapist Or Optometrist
TalentTumbling
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Olivia  Jefferson
CityBowling Green
University PreferenceSewanee: The University of the South
Career GoalNeurology
TalentTap Dance
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Meredith Kelley
CityProvidence
University PreferenceUniversity of Kentucky
Career GoalAgricultural Sales Representative
TalentBallet En Pointe
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Claire  Larmour
CityNicholasville
University PreferenceUniversity of Kentucky
Career GoalSocial Media Marketing / Interior Design
TalentContemporary Dance
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Natalie Northcutt
CityMorehead
University PreferenceUniversity of Kentucky
Career GoalFuneral Director
TalentPiano
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Claire-Elizabeth Patterson
CityHenderson
University PreferenceUniversity of Cincinnati and Shenandoah University
Career GoalMusical Theatre Bfa With A Minor In Dance And Arts Administration
TalentSinging Ventriloquism
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Kylie Pirtle
CityRichmond
University PreferenceUndecided
Career GoalLawyer
TalentTap Dance
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Madison Prather
CityWallingford
University PreferenceMorehead State University
Career GoalBecoming A Lawyer Then Open My Own Firm In Florida.
TalentLyrical Dance
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Sophia Price
CityOlive Hill
University PreferenceMorehead State University
Career GoalVeterinary Technology
TalentPiano
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Claire Robison
CityScottsville
University PreferenceFreed Hardeman University
Career GoalBusiness/Marketing
TalentContemporary Dance
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Ainsley Roby
CityBardstown
University PreferenceWestern Kentucky University
Career GoalLicensed Architect
TalentPiano
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Karlie Sims
CityLawrenceburg
University PreferenceUniversity of Kentucky
Career GoalMedical Field Pediatrics
TalentTrumpet
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Danielle (Dani) Story
CityStanford
University PreferenceEastern Kentucky University
Career GoalOptometrist Or Travel Nurse
TalentVocal
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Jillian Grace  Thompson
CitySomerset
University PreferenceUndecided
Career GoalLawyer
TalentDance And Tumbling
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Alyssa Walker
CityGreensburg
University PreferenceWestern Kentucky University
Career GoalBusiness Owner And/Or Career In Performing Arts
TalentContemporary Dance
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Lindsey Werner
CityFrankfort
University PreferenceUniversity of Kentucky
Career GoalMarketing
TalentContemporary Dance
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Hannah Yates
CityShelbyville
University PreferenceTemple University, University of Louisville
Career GoalClinical Psychologist With A Doctorate In Psych
TalentVocal
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