Women's Foundation Announces 2016 Girls Leadership Class

A Record 61 Girls Will Participate In This Empowering Program

Kansas City, MO – Women’s Foundation today announced the acceptance of 61 young women into the Girl’s Leadership Program- the largest number in the program’s history. The Girls Leadership Program received a record number of applicants this year from young women in the Kansas City area who are interested in learning about public service. 

In partnership with Cottey College, the Women’s Foundation Girls Leadership Program will educate and empower high school girls to be confident leaders and philanthropists in their communities and beyond.  By actively participating in the program, each girl will be eligible for a $3,000 per year scholarship up to a total of $12,000 for each girl who successfully completes the program and chooses to attend Cottey College.

Members of the 2016 Girls Leadership Program are:

Madeleine "Maddie" Adam, St. Teresa's Academy
Mary Bergwell, Blue Valley North High School
Arsema Berhane, University Academy
Abby Sue Bliss, Shawnees Mission Northwest
Anna Boda, Blue Valley North High School
Virginia Daisy Bolin, Shawnee Mission East
Alison Booth, Mill Valley High School
Maggie Burke, Pembroke Hill School
Claire Cunningham, Staley High School
Maurissa LeAnne Cunningham, Center High School
Natalie Dameron, The Pembroke Hill School
Mame Dia, Lincoln College Prep
Sophia Dominguea-Heithoff, Park Hill South High School

Nicole D'Souza, Blue Valley West High School
Kate Eischens, Park Hill South
Desiree Garrett, Home Schooled
Adrianna Gautreaux, Pembroke Hill School
Alexandra Green, Raymore-Peculiar High School
Catherine Henne, Notre Dame de Sion
Lauren Ingraham, Park Hill South High School
Ashley Johnson, Raytown Senoir High School
Shreya Kalavala, Blue Valley West High School
Alaina Kent, Archbishop O'Hara High School
Jacqueline Kincaid, Pembroke Hill School
Jenna Koosed, Shawnee Mission West
Madhura Leninkannan, Blue Valley West
Taylor Long, Staley High School
Jennifer Marx, Oak Park High School
Grace Mayer, St. Thomas Aquinas High School
Lucy Baylor McCrary, Pembroke Hill School
Mariah McDaniel, University Academy
Rachel Meiners, Barstow School
Eleanor Mendelson, Blue Valley North
Chloe Metheny-Morris, Lee's Summit West High School
Libby Miller, Olathe South High School
Hannah Motely, Blue Valley North High School
Audrey O'Shaughnessy, Pembroke Hill School
Ruby Rios, Bishop Meige High School
Olivia Sabates, Pembroke Hill School
Fatima Said, Staley High School
Caroline Salzman, Pembroke Hill School
Reilly Scott, Park Hill South High School
Evelyn Shelby, Staley High School
Claire St. Peter, Pembroke Hill School
Erin Sturd, St. Thomas Aquinas High School
Alexis Theoharidis, Staley High School
Athena Tran, Blue Valley North High School
Madlin Tutu, Oak Park High School
Mahasin Tutu, Oak Park High School
Sydney van Ophem, Blue Valley High School
Gisselle Vega, East High School
Grace Wampler, Shawnee Mission West High School
Josie Weck, Notre Dame de Sion
Emma Wilhoit, Mill Valley High School

Diamond Williams, University Academy
Lauren Winston, Shawnee Mission East High School
Anna Wolock, Blue Valley North High School
Hannah Wood, Platte County High School

Tiffany Wylde, Raymore-Peculiar High School

The Girls Leadership Program is a year-long program that will be facilitated this year by Cottey College. It was established in 1999 for the purpose of teaching teen women all aspects of philanthropy including grant-making, fundraising, leadership, team-building, program evaluation, and budgeting.

Women’s Foundation promotes equity and opportunity for women of all ages, using research, philanthropy,  and policy solutions to make meaningful change.  More information about the organization can be found at www.Womens-Foundation.org.