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 New York participants for the Class of 2020.

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Darnae Pauley


City: Bronx

College Preference: University at Albany, Cornell University

Career Goals: Clinical Psychologist

Talent: Rap  (Wake Up (Political Freestyle), by Darnae Pauley)

Maddison Nadeau

Crown Point

City: Crown Point

College Preference: Paul Smith's College

Career Goals: Department of Environmental Conservation

Talent: Violin (Zombie, by The Cranberries)

Karen King


City: Port Henry

College Preference: Nazareth

Career Goals: Museum or Library Career with Minor in Music

Talent: Vocal Performance (She Used to Be Mine, by Sara Bareillis)

Liza Cotter


City: Rochester

College Preference: Princeton University, West Point Academy

Career Goals: Biomedical Engineer

Talent: Comedic Monologue (Sally Brown's Coat Hanger Sculpture, by You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown)

Talandra Hurlburt


City: Ticonderoga

College Preference: New York University, Roosevelt University

Career Goals: Theater/Acting or Childcare

Talent: Monologue (Hidden Figures, by Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi)

Hannah Schmeelke

Town of Whitehall

City: Whitehall

College Preference: SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Plattsburgh, SUNY Binghamton

Career Goals: Medical Field

Talent: Lyrical Dance (One Step at a Time, by Jordin Sparks)

Olivia Ruby

Village of Whitehall

City: Whitehall

College Preference: Undecided

Career Goals: Art or Music

Talent: Vocal Performance (Live Out Loud , by Sierra Boggess)

Maggie Ploufe


City: Westport

College Preference: Eckerd College, University of Tampa, Champlain

Career Goals: Human Resource Management/Global Ministries

Talent: Vocal Peformance (Adelaide's Lament from Guys and Dolls, by Story and characters by Damon Runyon; music & lyrics by Frank Loesser; book by Abe Burrows & J.S)

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