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 Texas participants for the Class of 2021.

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Dhyasa Kumar

City: Austin

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Career Goals: Dentist


Andrea Alvarez

City: Elgin

College Preference: Texas Tech

Career Goals: Engineer


Farah Lodro

City: Austin

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Emily Marfil

City: Corpus Christi

College Preference: Dartmouth

Career Goals: Becoming a Surgeon

Talent: Tae Kwon Do creative form  

Yessica Trejo

City: Commerce

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Sophia Rahim

City: Richardson

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Kaelyn Hooper

City: North Richland Hills

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Grace Josephson

City: Arlington

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Arushi Charu

City: Austin

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Alexa Carranco

City: El Paso

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Hailey George

City: Garland

College Preference: UT Austin

Career Goals: Physician Assistant

Talent: Singing  (Love Story, by Taylor Swift )

Vishali Baker

City: San Antonio

College Preference: Johns Hopkins University

Career Goals: Biomedical Engineer


Mackenzie Carreon

City: Irving

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Trishta Nguyen

City of Houston

City: Houston

College Preference: University of Texas at Austin or Rice University

Career Goals: Humanitarian/Physician

Talent: Vietnamese Martial Arts (Vovinam Form: Long Ho Quyen, by Vovinam Founding Members (from Vietnam))

Kristi-Madison Fortson


City: Conroe

College Preference: Howard University

Career Goals: Neuropsychologist

Talent: Dance  (Truth I'm Standing On, by Leanna Crawford)

Alexis Amerson


City: Fresno

College Preference: Prairie View A&M University

Career Goals: Zoologist

Talent: Dancing  (Ólafur Arnalds , by Brotsjór )

Kamdyn Holt

Guadalupe County

City: Seguin

College Preference: Ole Miss (University of Mississippi)

Career Goals: Forensic Toxicology

Talent: Singing/Playing the Guitar (Be a light, by Thomas Rhett)

Daphne Han


City: Kingwood

College Preference: MIT, Rice University

Career Goals: Academia or science communication

Talent: Cello (Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85-- First Movement, by Edward Elgar)

Annie Zhu

North Houston Area

City: Houston

College Preference: A Four-Year College

Career Goals: STEM & Education

Talent: Dance - Pointe (Peking Opera en Pointe, by Annie Zhu)

Sarah Williams


City: Pearland

College Preference: Spelman College

Career Goals: Litigation Attorney

Talent: Monologue (Ma Ramsey’s Black Bottom, by August Wilson)

Chidinma Nwankwor


City: Richmond

College Preference: 4 year university

Career Goals: To become a computer engineer

Talent: Singing  (All I Ask, by Adele)

Julie Trinh

South Houston Area

City: Friendswood

College Preference: Rice University

Career Goals: Plastic Surgeon and Histologist

Talent: Vietnamese Fan Dance (Return to My Hometown, by Nhu Quynh)

Chloe Van Til


City: The Woodlands

College Preference: Vanderbilt University

Career Goals: Business/Finance

Talent: Dance (Trouble Country Mix, by Jo Anna Shaffer)

Michelle Wang

Sugar Land

City: Sugar Land

College Preference: MIT

Career Goals: Launch a successful start-up company

Talent: Visual Art 

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