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 Charleston County participants for the Class of 2024.

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Keren Collins

High School: Academic Magnet High School

College Preference: Not yet assessed

Career Goals: Psychologist and bussinesswoman

Talent: Singing (My Favorite Things, by Julie Andrews (Oscar Hammerstein, Richard Rodgers))

Elizabeth Compton

High School: Academic Magnet High School

College Preference: Washington University in Saint Louis

Career Goals: Preservationist/ Historical Architect

Talent: Singing (9 to Five by Dolly Parton, by )

Jen Fermo

High School: Ashley Hall

College Preference: Wake Forest

Career Goals: Physician with a dermatology specialty

Talent: Violin (Concertino III, by George Perlman )

Sayde Handegan

High School: Wando High School

College Preference: New York University

Career Goals: Performing in professional theatre

Talent: Singing (Come To Your Senses, by )

Ashanti Ray

High School: Military Magnet Academy

College Preference: Harvard

Career Goals: Lawyer,FBI Agent, Entrepreneur, and President

Talent: Majorette  (Moment 4 life, by Nicki Minaj)

Pagelyn Smalls

High School: Charleston County School of the Arts

College Preference: USC, UNC, NYU, CSU

Career Goals: Education, Entrepreneurship, Law, Social Justice

Talent: Musical Instrument Selection (The Eccles Cello Sonata in G minor Movement Two, by Henry Eccles)

Parker Ussery

High School: Lucy Garrett Beckham High School

College Preference: NYU, Emory, UChicago, Georgetown, Brandeis, Duke

Career Goals: Community organizing- environmental/social justice

Talent: Poetry Reading (Self-Love Letter (an original poem), by Myself)

Noa Wallen

High School: Academic Magnet High School

College Preference: Duke University

Career Goals:

Talent: Playing guitar and singing (Darling, by Halsey and Lindsey Buckingham)

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