Participants

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 Marion County participants for the Class of 2023.

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Aria Blackard

High School: Columbia High School

College Preference: Mississippi State University

Career Goals: Wildlife Biology

Talent: Vocals and Percussion  (Excerpt from As You Sing, by Sarah Quartel)

Mariah Dawkins

High School: East Marion High School

College Preference: Pearl River Community College

Career Goals: Social Worker/Foster Parent

Talent: Praise Dance  (Speak the Name, by Koryn Hawthorne)

Sophia McNeff

High School: Columbia High School

College Preference: Mississippi State

Career Goals: Exotic Veterinarian

Talent: Speed Painting (The Four Seasons, by Vivaldi )

Gracie Sanders

High School: East Marion High School

College Preference: University of Mississippi

Career Goals: Curator or Psychiatrist

Talent: Interpretive Dance  (RATTLE!, by Elevation Worship)

Clarke Stubbs

High School: East Marion High School

College Preference: Jackson State University

Career Goals: Education and Emotional Counseling

Talent: Reading  (Still I Rise, by Maya Angelou )

Sandra Thomas

High School:

College Preference: University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign

Career Goals: Electrical Engineer

Talent: Poetry/ Spoken Word  (Climate of Opinion , by Sandra Thomas )

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