Monday, April 23, 2018
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Meet Young Women of Promise honored by the Athena Society

Here are the 10 high school juniors honored as Young Women of Promise by the Athena Society Konner Brewer, Academy of the Holy Names

Among her many accomplishments, Konner has handed out free hamburgers to the homeless in downtown Tampa since she was in seventh grade. Konner raises the money to buy the hamburgers by running a summer camp for girls that she started when she was 11.

Rachel Weinbren, Berkeley Preparatory

Rachel's Warming the World nonprofit has provided more than 1,300 knitted caps to premature babies nationally and internationally, including Cuba, Germany, Russia and Haiti. She's a member of Berkeley's Global Scholars program and hopes to study medicine or business. Or both.

Ashley Halstead, Bloomingdale High

Ashley has spent three years volunteering at A Kid's Place and a local soup kitchen. Her desire to become a doctor stems from her mother's cancer diagnosis when Ashley was 11.

Abby Rinaldi, Chamberlain High

Abby serves as the managing editor of her high school newspaper and as a staff writer for tb-two, the Tampa Bay Times' weekly paper for high school students. She enjoys tackling stories that will bring about positive change in the world and doesn't shy away from controversial topics.

Julia Jansen, Freedom High

Julia is on a quest to improve Florida's funding of education, drawing applause when she noted that the state Constitution guarantees a quality education but doesn't guarantee fair funding. She's founder of the Student Alliance for Hillsborough Schools.

Savannah Walker, Plant High

Savannah mentors young girls at Christ the King Middle School and also stars on the Panthers' girls basketball team. She's an aspiring artist and also has ventured into the business world by creating unusual cupcakes.

Niritta Patel, Hillsborough High

Not only did Niritta raise money for school supplies and meals for a school, in Nairobi, Kenya, she personally delivered the supplies. The IB student is fluent in Spanish and Chinese and hopes to become a neurosurgeon and work with Doctors Without Borders.

Sydney Fee, Newsome High

Sydney has served on her class council since she was a freshman and participated in the University of Florida's Youth Leadership Program. She also dances with Brandon Ballet Company and takes pride in both balancing academic rigor with her artistic passion. She aspires to be an engineer.

Julia Lewis, Robinson High

Julia, the daughter of lawyer Bill Lewis and U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, loves working with children and co-founded the Ophelia Club, which mentors younger girls at Monroe Middle School. She wants a career that will help boost the lives of children and young women.

Caneel Dixon, Tampa Preparatory

Most Tampa Prep students choose a STEM track or a Global Studies track. Caneel chose both. She earned a Girl Scout Gold Award with a project that turned pillow cases into pants for children, and she also participates in soccer, tennis, swimming and crew.

     
         
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