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 2023.

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Diana "Gracey" Kettler

Brazoria County

City: Alvin

College Preference: Sam Houston State University

Career Goals: Environmental Scientist

Talent: FFA Floral Design (How FFA has created a well-rounded leader, by Courtney Webb, my mom, myself)

Cara Tyson

Collin County

City: Mckinney

College Preference: University of Arkansas Honors College

Career Goals: Nursing

Talent: Piano (Canon in D, by Johann Pachebel, arranged by Melody Bober)

Terri Thompson


City: Conroe

College Preference: Texas Tech

Career Goals: Neurologist

Talent: Dance/Cheer (Me, by Lady Bri)

Natalie Newton

Dallas County

City: Dallas

College Preference: Purdue University

Career Goals: UX Designer

Talent: Vocal performance (Finding Wonderland, by Frank Wildhorn and Jack Murphy)

Nicole Wu

Fort Bend County

City: Sugar Land

College Preference: Undecided

Career Goals: Genetic Epidemiology

Talent: Dance  (The Last Green Leaf, by Choreographed by Siqi Luo)

Emily Wang

Galveston County

City: League City

College Preference: Brown University

Career Goals: Technology Lawyer

Talent: Piano (Sonata Op.49, No.2, by Ludwig van Beethoven)

Sofia Salazar

Guadalupe County

City: Seguin

College Preference: The University of Alabama

Career Goals: Occupational Therapist

Talent: Modern Dance  (Optimist, by Zoë Keating)

Lauren Thompson

San Antonio

City: San Antonio

College Preference: Tulane, Vanderbilt, Boston College, USC

Career Goals: Lawyer, Congresswoman

Talent: Piano Piece (Ivan Sings, by Aram Khachaturian)

Elisabeth Miller

San Patricio County

City: Portland

College Preference: Rice University

Career Goals: Chemical Engineer

Talent: Scientific Monologue  

Trisha Rangi

Sugar Land

City: Sugar Land

College Preference: Rice

Career Goals: Entrepreneur

Talent: Dance (Bollywood Dance, by Rhythm India)

Sarah Sheriff

Travis County

City: Austin

College Preference: University of Texas at Austin

Career Goals: Physician, Hold Texas State Office

Talent: Saxophone (Pink Panther and Careless Whisper, by Pink Panther by: Judy Kuhn | Careless WhisperSteve Gregory)

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