Current Representative

The Distinguished Young Woman of Rhode Island for 2023 is Makena Petsch, from Riverside.

Makena’s achievements include: 2022 Rhode Island Civic Leadership Award • Gymnastics Coaches Award- Rising to any Challenge 2022 • 2022 National Honor Society- Gymnastics • Keri Anne O’Donnell - Keri’s Krew • • • • • •

In addition, Makena’s activities include: Meistersingers grades 9-12 • School Gymnastics grades 9-12 • Student Council grades 11-12 • National Honor Society. Grades 11-12 • Cross country grade 9 • School Musicals grades 9-12 • Community Theater ages 5-16 • Gymnastics grades 9-12 • Dance grade 10
Camp Mauchatea for the Blind - grades 9-12. 150+hours • PPAC Greeter Program- grade 11. 16 hours • Academy Players of RI- grades 9-12. 40+ hours

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