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Super Girls – 10 Amazingly Talented Young Black Girls Who Brighten Our Future

Super Girls – 10 Amazingly Talented Young Black Girls Who Brighten Our Future
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Super Girls Shine

By Yvette Brown

Everyday there are people who strive for excellence and achieve their goals despite great hardship.

Regardless of age, race and background often the deciding factors in their success is an unusually clear focus, inner strength and a strong support system.

It is even more compelling when one finds such focus and excellence in the very young. While their peers may have been playing with video games or meeting friends at the mall. The young ladies listed below where smashing records, winning tournaments and building businesses. I am so impressed with the dedication of these young girls. When I was a teen I was focused on music, travel and occasionally studying. I was a good student, or at least I thought so and my grades were good. Yet, If I had pushed myself harder or if my family had seen some untapped potential, maybe I could have been out there with the brilliant Dominque Dawes’ of the world, oh but enough about me. These girls lead you to dream!

This article is to acknowledge this small group of amazing young girls who deserve our support and admiration for their hard work.

We see you. We know that you shine and that you are accomplished and beautiful!

Alyssia_Akers360Alyssia Akers, 18,  We recently wrote about Alyssia and her arduous journey to clean up her Detroit neighborhood.  She was featured on the MTV’s, True Life series, “I’m Saving Detroit”. She worked tirelessly  to board up abandoned buildings near her school and faced beauracy, budget deficits, uncommitted workers and all the woes of the real world as a teen community activist. Akers didn’t run, though scared. She stayed, she worked and she achieved. People were impressed enough to contribute to make her college crowd-funding campaign successful to help give Akers the chance to soar even higher.

Alyssia was born into a poor, single parent household in a tough Detroit neighborhood. Yet she never let her surroundings define her spirit. She knew there were changes that needed to happen in Detroit and she was determined. She then walked out her door and made it happen.

Zora-Ball360Zora Ball 8, At 7, Ball became the youngest person to develop a Mobile Gaming App. She created the full version mobile video game application using “Bootstrap”. She was able to re-create the process using Bootstrap at a recent University of Pennsylvania tech conference, silencing naysayers who believed she might have been helped by her older brother, a STEM scholar of the year.

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rochelleballantine360Rochelle Ballantyne 18, is an African American chess player who was taught the game by her grandmother in 3rd grade. In 5th grade she then won 4th place at the Girls National Chess championship. She is most known for being in the 2012 documentary Brooklyn Castle. Her current rating is 1912, with her highest rating achieved being 1954 in January 2012. Rochelle has stated her goal is to be the first African American women chess champion.

Brooklyn Castle

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Anala-Beevers360Anala Beevers 4, is a New Orleans native who knows the location and capital of every US state. She learned the alphabet at four months of age, then at eighteen months learned numbers in Spanish. In a recent interview with CNN, Anala’s voice was barely above a whisper, yet her answers to all queries were spot on. Anala has received an invitation to join MENSA, an international organization for the ‘super-smart.’ MENSA, which is mostly populated by adults, usually claims members with intelligence in the top 2% of the populace. Anala, who can also identify planets and dinosaurs, is in the top 1%.

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simonbiles360Simone Biles 16,  is a gymnast. She is the reigning 2013 US National All-Around Champion and the 2013 World All-Around Champion ,Floor Champion, Bronze medalist on Beam, & silver medalist on vault. She also won silver on vault, beam, bars, and floor exercise at the 2013 American Nationals.

She is the 2012 Junior National Champion on vault, and also won a bronze medal in the all around competition. She was named to the US Junior National team after the competition.

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emilycarpenter360Emily Morenike Carpenter 17, is a poet, singer, actress and activist. She is one of the bright, shiny, young intellectuals that have always flocked to New York or where some how born in New York and made this city great. She is among the next generation of talented, thinkers and artists who inform this city, yet who are eventually forced out by high rent and escalating taxes, but that’s another story. For now we focus on the brilliance of Ms. Carpenter. The stylish and elegant, Ms. Carpenter is currently working for the for the Jazz Foundation of American bringing together older artists with young performers. In addition she also works to help young girls have their voices heard with Girls for Gender Equity.

She can be seen in the clip below on Melissa Perry’s MSNBC segment representing  GGE.

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mayapenn360Maya Penn 13, is the owner and creator of “Maya’s Ideas”, the online store and Etsy shop she created at the age of 8, that sells her colorful eco-friendly accessories. She is an activist, environmentalist as well as designer and she has been featured on the Huffington Post, Forbes, CNN and the Steve Harvey show among many. She is also the winner of the Black Enterprise Teenpreneur of The Year 2013. You can read further about the many endeavors of this amazing girl as we have linked her website and store. Further, Maya’s Russet and Sage Scarf is an elegant addition to any wardrobe. Do check it out.

Maya’s ideas

In addition to creating beautiful things to wear. Maya’s environmental concerns have led her to focus on an issue that is of great importance for young girls around the world. See Maya’s Ideas for the Planet, for Maya’s solution to providing sanitary pads and products necessary for all women and girls, yet often unattainable for girls in poor and developing countries.

Maya’s Ideas for the Planet

andreapugh360Andrea Pugh 18, is an environmentalist who seeks to become a pediatric cardiologist. Her many accomplishments include the  second-place prize at the 2010 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in San Jose. Miss Saginaw County Outstanding Teen for 2010-2011. She was recently awarded a number of scholarships to attend college including the Gates Millenuim Scholarship from the Gates Foundation and help from Dow Corning Corp., Hemlock Semiconductor and the Martin Lither King Regional Scholarship.

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ginger-howard360Ginger Howard 19, is a professional golfer on the Symetra Tour. At the age of 17 she was the youngest African American in the world to turn professional and win her first debut tournament. She is named the first African American to earn a spot in the U.S Junior Ryder Cup. Her younger sister, Robbi is also a golfer. The gifted sisters are often compared to the Williams sisters.

 

 

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alannawall360Alanna Wall 12, is the CEO of Polished Girlz. Alanna started her company at age 10 with a desire to brighten the lives and help young girls hospitalized with special needs.

Alanna saw that many children would be helped by more knowledge of proper hand washing and care as well the spirits of hospitalized girls would be raised by their newly colored nails, so she began her inspiring journey. With the help of her mother, Valerie Ragland, a nurse they were able to gain access to hospitals in the Ohio area and now there are chapters in five cities.