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 Virginia participants for the Class of 2023.

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Leyou Gessessew


College Preference: Brown university

Career Goals: Medicine

Talent: playing violin (performance, by Bach)

Vivian Gao

City: Clifton

College Preference:

Career Goals:

Talent: Piano (Ballade pour Adeline, by Paul de Senneville and Olivier Toussaint)

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