We received thirteen applications from the clubs in District 11. From these outstanding young women, the committee voted and we are pleased to announce that Gabriela Brown, from the Zonta Club of Tallahassee is this year’s District winner.
Gaby plans to attend Emory University and major in International Business, and minor in Political Science.
She dedicated her “16th” birthday to an organization she founded called “Pink It Up” to honor her cousin who passed away from a rare form of breast cancer, and she requested that all donations be made to the Sharon Ewing Walker Breast Health Center at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital instead of receiving gifts. So far she has raised $5000, short of her goal of $16,000, but she’s still working on the project.
She was an intern for Organizing for America. She organized a competition between the local high schools in order to improve turnout for the elections. Between the other interns and herself, they created to promote the candidates, and canvassed local neighborhoods reminding voters to cast their ballots and make a difference.
Through “Gaby’s Closet”, her non-profit business partnership with the Refuge House of Tallahassee, she supports and advocates for women and children who have been affected by domestic abuse. Her business gathers gently used clothes, books, toys, and other essentials for these women and children escaping from abusive relationships and seeking assistance to acclimate back into society. “Gaby’s Closet” has gathered over 300 bags of goods. If a woman feels that she has the support she needs whether it is clothing, shelter, or food when she leaves an abusive relationship, then she will have the confidence to stand up for herself and leave the volatile relationship.
Gaby has held leadership roles all through high school, is on the tennis team, and in the band, while taking ten AP classes. She also has studied three foreign languages at the same time. She has put in over 400 service hours while maintaining a high grade point average