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 2021.

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Ella Borho

City: Lombard

College Preference: University of Iowa

Career Goals:

Talent: Singing (What Only Love Can See, by Christopher Curtis)

Rishika Chikoti

City: Hawthorn Woods

College Preference:

Career Goals: Neurosurgeon

Talent: Bharatnatyam Fusion Dance  

Melody Colonel

City: Chester

College Preference: Illinois Wesleyan University

Career Goals: Lawyer/Politician

Talent: Vocal Performance (The Wizard and I, by Stephen Schwartz)

Hannah Fink

City: Wonder Lake

College Preference: Texas A&M University

Career Goals: Meteorology

Talent: singing (I'll See You Again, by Carrie Underwood )

Michelle Gong

City: Glenview

College Preference: Yale University

Career Goals: Pediatric Surgeon

Talent: Harp  (Swan Lake Op. 20, Act IV: Finale Harp Cadenza , by Pyotr Tchaikovsky)

Ashley Gutteridge

City: Chicago

College Preference: The University of Chicago

Career Goals: To become a high school teacher.

Talent: Piano Performance (Prelude in C major, BWV 846, by Johann Sebastian Bach )

Ellyn Hu

City: Deerfield

College Preference: University of Chicago

Career Goals: Physics

Talent: Guzheng (Crimson Lilies, Blooming Bright, by Feng Liu (Composer), Jinhai Jiao (Arranger))

Francky Maemble

City: Urbana

College Preference: University of Iliinois at Urbana-Champaign

Career Goals: Become a pediatric surgeon or an anesthesiologist

Talent: Afro Dance  (Balaya , by A-Star)

Julia McMahon

City: Oak Forest

College Preference: Barnard College

Career Goals: History/Journalism

Talent: Singing  (What Did I Ever See In Him?, by Written by Charles Strouse and Lee Adams)

Claire OConnell

City: Tinley Park

College Preference: University of Illinois

Career Goals: Physician Assistant

Talent: Playing the French Horn (No.10 Adagio, by Jacques Francois Gallway)

Ruchi Patel

City: Schaumburg

College Preference: University of Chicago, Northwestern University

Career Goals: Pediatrician

Talent: Dance (Ghar More Pardesiya, by Shreya Ghoshal)

Megan Schulte

City: Sparta

College Preference: Saint Louis University

Career Goals: Radiation Therapist

Talent: Piano Performance (Fantasia in D Minor, by Mozart)

Sanyukta Vinesh

City: Schaumburg

College Preference: Nova Southeastern University

Career Goals: Orthodontist

Talent: Kathak (Paurushya Kathak, by Kathak Rockers)

Mia Vollkommer

City: Schaumburg

College Preference: University of Illinois

Career Goals: Chemical Engineering/Food Science

Talent: Flute  

Katherine Wu

City: Long Grove

College Preference: Yale University

Career Goals: Global health policy

Talent: Contemporary dance (Waves, by Artist: Dean Lewis Choreographer: me)

Alana Wu

City: South Barrington

College Preference: Columbia University

Career Goals: Urban Studies/Sustainable Development

Talent: Chinese Dance (山南丽影: Shadow on the Mountain, by 欧思维)

Zoe Zigler

City: Shiloh

College Preference: George Washington University

Career Goals: Foreign Relations/Law

Talent: Dance (Le Jazz Hot , by Dustin Crumbaugh )

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