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

College Preference: Johns Hopkins University

Career Goals: Dentist

Talent: Singing (Girl on Fire, by Alicia Keys)

Arushi Charu

City: Austin

College Preference:

Career Goals:

Talent: Kathak Dance 

Vishali Baker

City: San Antonio

College Preference: Columbia University

Career Goals: Biomedical Engineer

Talent: Original Spoken Word Poetry (Brave, by Vishali Baker)

Kristi-Madison Fortson


City: Conroe

College Preference: Princeton University

Career Goals: Neuropsychologist

Talent: Choreography (Stand Up, by Cynthia Erivo)

Kamdyn Holt

Guadalupe County

City: Seguin

College Preference: Ole Miss (University of Mississippi)

Career Goals: Be a member of the FBI as a Forensic Toxicologist

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

Clarabel Chen

Highland Park

City: Dallas

College Preference: Yale University

Career Goals: Undecided

Talent: Dance (Dunhuang, by The National Ballet of China)

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)

Paxton Smith

Lake Highlands

City: Dallas

College Preference: Stanford University

Career Goals: Bussiness Woman or Biologist

Talent: Singing (I'm Confessin' that I Love You, by Dirty River Dixie Band)

Annie Zhu

North Houston Area

City: Houston

College Preference: Stanford University

Career Goals: Computer Science & Sociology

Talent: Dance (Twilight, by Annie Zhu)

Julie Trinh

South Houston Area

City: Friendswood

College Preference: Rice University

Career Goals: Plastic Surgical Researcher

Talent: Vietnamese Fan Dance (Theo Anh/Follow Me, by Ali Hoàng Dương)

Chloe Van Til


City: The Woodlands

College Preference: Texas A&M

Career Goals: Business

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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