Apr 11, 2022 - News

Meet Hillsborough County's Young Women of Promise

A photograph of Hillsborough County's Young Women of Promise.

Dana John, Brynn Wilary, Mercy Roberts, Jaliyah Brown, Hiral Shukla, Bhavya Bansal, Lauryn Tanner, Isabella Socci and Maiyah Hall. Photo courtesy of The Athena Society

Who run the world? These girls, pretty soon.

State of play: The Athena Society, a professional women's group, honored 10 Hillsborough County high school juniors on Friday.

Meet this year's Young Women of Promise:

  • Bhavya Bansal, a Middleton student, is dedicating her future career to solving issues of poverty, undernourishment, discrimination, and inequalities in health care.
  • Jaliyah Brown, an H.B. Plant student, wants to major in business administration at Harvard before starting a business.
  • Saloni Datta, a Sickles student, wants to break down mental health stigmas as a psychiatrist.
  • Maiyah Hall brings her experience as co-founder and president of Tampa Prep's Black Student Union and president of Women of Kolor Empowered to her future as a journalist.
  • Dana John, an IB student at Strawberry Crest, wants to bring her love of dancing and singing into her future career as a pediatrician.
  • Mercy Roberts' goals include helping kids overcome trauma, writing, broadcasting and working as a trial attorney after graduating from Berkeley Preparatory School.
  • Hiral Shukla, a Hillsborough High student, is pursuing a career as a health care data analyst while acting as the primary caregiver for her single mother suffering from cancer.
  • Isabella Socci's goal is to double major in computer science and mechanical engineering at a prestigious university after graduating from C. Leon King High School.
  • Lauryn Tanner, a Leto student, wants to be an orthodontist and bring dental care to communities in need.
  • Brynn Wilary, a student at the Academy of the Holy Names, wants to harness her coding and tech skills and use 3D printing to help students with disabilities.
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