SARASOTA, fl – Tyesha Brown, a senior at Sarasota High School, was named a Girls Inc. National Scholar during the organization’s national luncheon March 7 in New York City. One of only seven winners nationwide, Brown will receive a $20,000 college scholarship. She plans to pursue a degree in business at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University in Tallahassee.
Brown, who is a student in the Cambridge Advance Certificate of Education (AICE) program at SHS, has been attending Girls Inc. since the age of 7 and refers to it as her “second home.” She is enrolled in Girls Inc.’s High School Initiative and also works at Girls Inc. part-time. On April 1, Brown was honored as “Girl of the Year” at the local Girls Inc. annual celebration luncheon held at the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota.
In addition to her 12 years involvement with Girls Inc., Brown has been involved with Take Stock in Children for six years, Community Youth Development’s STAR program for four years, and Sarasota YMCA Achievers for the past year.
“Tyesha represents all that a young woman associated with Girls Inc. should embody,” said Angie Stringer, executive director of Girls Inc. of Sarasota County Angie Stringer. “She is a role model to other girls and is quick to take on responsibilities that will help her gain experience and learn. Tyesha is truly strong, smart and bold.”
Friends agree that Tyesha is known for her upbeat personality and ability to handle challenges calmly. Laurie Saslow, coordinator of the AICE program at Sarasota High School, said, “Tyesha’s smile lights up a room. When people see it they automatically start smiling back. She is a wonderful student and we are so proud of her! Tyesha will be missed at Sarasota High next year as she moves on to college.”
Sarasota High School is located at 1000 South School Ave., Sarasota. Girls Inc. of Sarasota County is located at 2001 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota.
About Girls Inc.
Girls Inc. is a national non-profit organization with the mission of inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold. More than 140,000 girls across the U.S. and Canada participate in programming that focuses exclusively on the unique challenges girls face.