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 Illinois participants for the Class of 2022.

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Saffron Hurt

Chicago Regional

City: Maywood

College Preference: Columbia College Chicago, SCAD

Career Goals: Actor, Photographer, Director, Screenwriter

Talent: Acting (Blanche monoluge, by Streetcar Named Desire)

Ashley Robles

Chicago Regional

City: Berwyn

College Preference:

Career Goals: Social worker

Talent: Singing with Ukelele 

Sarah DuMoulin

Chicago Regional

City: Hickory Hills

College Preference: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Career Goals: Environmental Science or General Music

Talent: Clarinet Performance (Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra, by C.M. von Weber)

Grace Taylor

Chicago Regional

City: Chicago

College Preference: Dartmouth, Penn, UNC, Duke, UVA, ND

Career Goals: International Business (specifically Spanish)

Talent: Spoken Word 

Trisha Gannu

North Illinois Regional

City: Vernon Hills

College Preference: University of California, Los Angeles

Career Goals: I aspire to become a surgeon in the future.

Talent: Singing (Pillagali Allari, by Shreya Ghoshal )

Jasmine Sun

North Illinois Regional

City: Long Grove

College Preference: Northwestern University

Career Goals: Social work/Public Policy

Talent: Poetry (, by Me)

Prachi Gyanmote

North Illinois Regional

City: Buffalo Grove

College Preference: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Career Goals: Computer Science

Talent: Kuchipudi (Classical Dance) (, by Prachi Gyanmote)

itzel bahena

North Illinois Regional

City: Lakin the Hills

College Preference: Depaul and UIC

Career Goals: I want to become a nurse or lawyer

Talent: Monologue 

Gabriella Fox

South Illinois Regional

City: Kildeer

College Preference: University of Michigan

Career Goals: Biochemistry Research

Talent: Cheerleading 

Julianne Pankau

South Illinois Regional

City: Chicago

College Preference:

Career Goals: Professional dancer/choreographer, singer/poet

Talent: Contemporary Dance (Freedom, by Michael W. Smith)

Christin Ann Sanchez

South Illinois Regional

City: Tinley Park

College Preference: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Career Goals: Biomedical Engineering

Talent: Flute Performance (Camille Saint-Saens, by Airs de Ballet d'Ascanio)

Ainsley Barrett

South Illinois Regional

City: Orland Park

College Preference: Georgetown University

Career Goals: International Business

Talent: Comedic Monologue  (Funny Girl, by Isobel Lenart, Originally Performed by Barbra Streisand)

Moriah Crawford

South Illinois Regional

City: Springfield

College Preference: University of Chicago

Career Goals: Lawyer

Talent: Flute performance (Barcarolle, by Friedrich Burgm├╝ller)

Rosie Wang

West Illinois Regional


College Preference: Stanford University

Career Goals: Entrepreneurship or Business Administration

Talent: Flute Performance 

Jazmin Brown

West Illinois Regional

City: Darien

College Preference: Not sure looking into ROTC

Career Goals: Journalist

Talent: Poetry Speaking (, by Poems mixed from )

Casey Pak

West Illinois Regional

City: Vernon Hills

College Preference:

Career Goals: Pediatric Cardiologist

Talent: Dancing  (Contemporary , by Praying by Kesha)

Arnima Agrawal

West Illinois Regional

City: Clarendon Hills

College Preference: Cornell University

Career Goals: Entrepreneur, Technology Executive

Talent: Solo flute performance (Suite de Trois Morceaux: Allegretto , by Benjamin Godard)

Grace He

West Illinois Regional

City: Mount Prospect

College Preference: Upenn

Career Goals: Business Field

Talent: Speed Painting  (Chinese Painting , by Grace He )

Sophia Cai

West Illinois Regional

City: South Barrington

College Preference: Princeton University

Career Goals: Biological Researcher

Talent: Flute Performance (Chaminade Concertino, by Cecile Chaminade)

Sofia Jubraj

West Illinois Regional

City: Naperville

College Preference: Georgetown University

Career Goals: Congresswoman

Talent: Vocal Performance (Think of Me from Phantom of the Opera, by Andrew Lloyd Webber )

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