SPOTLIGHT ON: Kiarra Womack

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By C.S. Howard

Kiarra Womack is 18 years old and attends The Out-of-Door Academy (ODA) where she maintains a 4.10 GPA. She has been actively involved in activities throughout her high school career, in addition to pursuing academic excellence. She is a class representative for the Honor Council and the Student Council, President of SPECTRUM - Diversity Leadership Club; vice president of the National Honors

Society, secretary and event coordinator for the Key Club, member of the Gay-Straight Alliance Club and member of the Student Admission Team where she serves as a tour guide.

Kiarra is also a violinist with the Advanced String Ensemble and was first chair during the 2013-2014 school year and is currently a section leader. She also participates in golf and dance and is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars. In addition, she plays softball and is team co-captain and has received the Coach’s Award and named Most Valuable Player. She was selected as the Class Representative for the Community Youth Development (CYD) Students Taking Active Roles in their community (STAR) 2016 program, where she helped to organize and put on a local mental health forum for high school students. She was also a member of the 2016 Sarasota Chamber of Commerce Youth Leadership program.

In recognition of her academic excellence, Kiarra has received several awards including being named a Quest- Bridge College Prep Scholar, received the Cum Laude Society Award and National

Spanish Exam Award. She is also a recipient of the Ronald G. Gelbman Leadership Award, Notre Dame Book Award, and received the President’s Volunteer Service Awards for 2014-15 and 2015-16. She was also a Brandeis University Global Youth Summit 2016 delegate, recipient of a scholarship to Washington University in St. Louis’ Summer Experiences Program, is a 2016 Gateway Ron Brown Scholar, and recipient of the AP Scholar Award for 2016.

Previous awards and recognitions Kiarra received include Lake
Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Most Exemplary Problem Based Learning Student (summer 2015); ODA’s Thunder Award for 2011-2012, the Faculty Club award in 2012- 2013; Varsity Softball Most Valuable Player 2011-12, and Miss Sarasota Softball Florida All-Stars Major where she placed first in 2014. She is active in Girl Scouts of America and received the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida 10 year award. Kiarra also participated in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s mentoring program, Delta GEMS, from 7th through 11th grade where she received several awards including Leadership Awards and Academic Excellence Awards, Sisterhood Award 2012-13 and Spirit Award 2016.

Kiarra is a member of New Bethel A.M.E. Church of Lacoochee, Florida and participates in the Florida Church School Convention. She aspires to attend Stan- ford University where she will study Neuroscience, Psychology, or Bioengineering. She would ultimately like to become a Psychiatrist.

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