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 Minnesota participants for the Class of 2021.

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Echo Nelson


City: Eagan

College Preference: University with a strong math program

Career Goals: Undecided but leaning towards STEM career

Talent: Chinese Contemporary Dance (Pian Ruo Jing Hong, by unknown)

Josie Axelson

Eden Prairie

City: Eden Prairie

College Preference: New York University, Boston University

Career Goals: Film and Theater Actress and Political Journalist

Talent: Singing (Much More, by The Fantastiks)

Amanda Lawless


City: Hermantown

College Preference: Georgetown University

Career Goals: Nuclear Security

Talent: Self Expression (The Importance of Art in Life, by Amanda Lawless (me))

Abigail Rost


City: Ivanhoe

College Preference: South Dakota State University

Career Goals: Optometrist

Talent: Saxophone Solo (These Days, by Rudimental)

Xanarei Nordby

Kandiyohi County

City: Park Rapids

College Preference: Bemidji State University

Career Goals: Forensic Science Technician

Talent: Violinist  (Swan Lake, by Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky)

Erin Enabnit


City: Lakeville

College Preference: University of Chicago, University of Florida

Career Goals: Political Campaign Manger

Talent: Vocal&Instrumental Performance (City of Stars, by Justin Hurwitz)

Jada Sterzinger

Lincoln County

City: Ivanhoe/Lincoln County

College Preference: Lake Area Tech or South Dakota Stare University

Career Goals: Nursing- midwife

Talent: Dance (Lyrical/Jazz, by Myself and close friend )

Avery Berlowski


City: Minneapolis

College Preference: Boston Conservatory / Point Park / Juilliard

Career Goals: Professional Dancer/Choreographer

Talent: Dance (Pointe Contemporary, by Self Choreographed )

Hayat Abdullahi


City: Plymouth

College Preference: University of Chicago, Harvard University

Career Goals: Federal prosecutor,later US Supreme Court Justice

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

Rachel Wagner

Saint Louis Park

City: St Louis Park

College Preference: Indiana University, University of Minnesota

Career Goals: Public Relations, Non-Profit Management

Talent: Comedic Scene  (Break My Heart, by Rachel Wagner (Me))

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