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 Wisconsin participants for the Class of 2023.

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Erin Hu


City: Brookfield

College Preference: Northwestern

Career Goals: Surgeon

Talent: Piano (Étude Op. 10, No. 12, by Frederic Chopin)

Rachelle Akwaboah

Franklin East

City: Franklin

College Preference: Johns Hopkins University

Career Goals: Orthopedic surgeon

Talent: Adowa dance (Drums, by Kete Adaban )

Elizabeth Havas

Franklin West

City: Franklin

College Preference: North Central College

Career Goals: Social Sciences

Talent: Dramatic Recitation (Monologue from Postponing the Heat Death of the Universe, by Written by Stephen Gregg, Directed by Andrew Steeves)

Izzy Mrzyglod


City: Germantown

College Preference: University of Michigan

Career Goals: Business and Finance

Talent: Taekwondo Demonstration (He’s A Pirate, by Klaus Badelt)

Morgan Kelsey


City: Kenosha

College Preference: UW Madison or Carthage

Career Goals: Chemical Engineer

Talent: Singing (Phantom of the Opera, by Andrew Lloyd Webber)

Bethany Schuldt

Lake Geneva

City: Lake Geneva

College Preference: Wisconsin Lutheran College

Career Goals: Marine Biology

Talent: Contemporary Dance (Prodigal , by Gina Huber)

Shannon Doherty

Menomonee Falls

City: Menomonee Falls

College Preference: Vanderbilt University, UW-Madison

Career Goals: Attorney

Talent: Piano Solo (Whitewater Chopped Sticks, by Calvin Jones)

Nevada Kurtz


City: Milwaukee

College Preference: Undecided

Career Goals: Dance, Choreographer, Psychologist

Talent: Solo Dance (2, 3, 4, by Kirsten Russel)

Addison Strunz

Prairie Du Sac


College Preference: Yale or Duke University

Career Goals: Orthopedic Surgeon

Talent: Modern Dance (What Other People Say Piano Cover, by Sam Fisher and Demi Lovato)

Anika Peterson

Racine North

City: Racine

College Preference: University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Career Goals: Lawyer

Talent: contemporary dance solo (no regrets , by edith piaf)

Alexis Hrouda

Racine South

City: Racine

College Preference: University of Wisconsin-Madison

Career Goals: Biomedical Engineer

Talent: Dance/Poms (Grown , by Little Mix)

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