This years group of Distinguished Young Women participants are no strangers to the program as most of them had participated as Little Misses when they were younger. This week we share with you Morgan Nienow and Katie Eisenhauer.
Meet Morgan Nienow, Morgan is the daughter of Jon & Barbara Nienow and has a younger brother, Matthew. Morgan is looking to pursue a career in the healthcare field as a Clinical Dietician. She is looking to attend UW Madison, Northwestern University or University of Illinois Urbana. Her school activities are the Varsity Swim Team, Student Council, Wind Symphony, Link Crew, and Theatre Dept. She will be performing a flute solo as her talent in this years program. Here is a little more about why Morgan decided to participate this in the program.
Why did you decide to sign up for the DYW Program? I wanted to take away a lifelong experience, hopefully meet new people and learn more about my peers, to grow personally, build self-confidence, and represent my school and community.
What or who encouraged or motivated you to participate in the DYW Program? Many of last year's contestants shared stories about their great DYW experiences so I wanted to be a part of it as well. Also, in 2003 I was a Little Miss so I wanted to continue in the program.
What do you hope to get out of the program? I hope to gain more self-confidence, and take away some new memories from a great opportunity, grow personally, and get to know some of my peers better by making new friends.
What is something you would like people to know about you? I would consider myself to be creative, compassionate, and outgoing. One of my passions is to dance, act, and sing and be a part of musical theatre. I also love to swim for the high school's Varsity Swim Team and spend time with my teammates as well as travel and downhill ski out west with my family.
Now we introduce you to Katie Eisenhauer. Katie is the daughter of Donald & Julie Eisenhauer and big sister to siblings Jim and Olivia. Her career goal is to become a teacher or pursue a position in Psychology. She also keeps herself busy in school with Academic Decathlon, Spanish National Honors Society, Link Crew, and Cross Country just to name a few. Katie will be performing a piano solo for her talent. Here is what Katie shares about why she became involved with the Distinguished Young Woman Program this year.
Why did you decide to sign up for the DYW program? When I was younger, I was asked to be a Little Miss for the Jr. Miss Program. That experience had a great impact on me and it influenced me to attend the program for several years. I really admired many of the past Distinguished Young Women and looked up to them as positive role models. This year, being a junior, I knew I wanted to participate in the program to get a chance to be that role model for girls just like past participants were for me.
What or who encouraged you to participate in the program? Many of the girls who participated in last year's program encouraged me to take part in the program. All of them gave the program nothing but praise and told me how much it made them grow as a young woman.
What do you hope to get out of the program? I would like to grow as an individual, gain more confidence in myself, enjoy the experience and have fun, and form friendships with the amazing group of girls I am working with in the program.
What is something you would like people to know about you? I would like people to know that I am an enthusiastic, friendly, and bubbly young woman who is known to smile easily. I'm very involved in my school and community because I love getting to know others, and I enjoy participating in a variety of activities. I am very motivated and work hard to be my best self!