Certified Scottie

This summer, Agnes Scott’s Office of Admission featured a few of the college’s newest Scotties in a special social media series called #CertifiedScottie! The incoming Scotties profiled can only be described as bold, determined and passionate, and the college is looking forward to watching them and the other members of the class of 2022 shine as the being their college journey at Agnes Scott.


Meet Perry Dowell ’22

Hometown: Leeds, Alabama
“The salt of the earth”— a phrase often prescribed to those who are the noblest, the best of our society – comes to mind when you get familiar with Perry Dowell, who has the uncanny ability to make other people and environments better for just having been in her presence. Homeschooled until the age of 15, Dowell spent her summers with her family in rural Alabama in a barn converted into a two-room cabin her parents constructed using recycled materials. She swam in the nearby river, learned to grow her own food and how to survive off of nature. She did the majority of her schoolwork outdoors, and let her imagination run free when her studies were complete. It was this kind of immersive learning/living experience that led Dowell to one of her greatest passions: educating others about the importance of nature conservation. Dowell’s adventurous spirit compelled her to want to enter high school at 15, and she set her sights on Birmingham’s prestigious Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA), practicing her viola for three hours every day leading up to her audition and getting accepted on her first try. A lifelong, award-winning Girl Scout, Dowell has since played viola with the ASFA and the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra; been a five-year Zoofari Teen volunteer with the Birmingham Zoo and the Birmingham Botanical Gardens (where she is a certified “Citizen Scientist”) and has often visited inner-city schools to perform and talk about music to younger students as part of a music outreach program.


“I have learned… that to be a successful leader, one must earn the respect of others and, in turn, be respectful to those being led,” says Dowell.

Meet Ziyana Greene ’22

Hometown: Cary, North Carolina

A social justice warrior with a natural passion for creating welcoming spaces for diverse individuals, Cary Academy graduate Ziyana Greene was president of her high school’s African American Affinity Group; founder of a similar Affinity Group for black women; a graduate of the Student Global Leadership Institute; a team organizer and co-leader for immersive African Studies courses; and an acting and dancing instructor for underprivileged youth with the Justice Theatre Project, among other things. Not without her own obstacles to overcome, as a teenager, Greene was diagnosed with a learning difference. Instead of bringing her down, this was like fuel to a fire, driving her to use her difference as a platform to educate and discuss various learning abilities within her community. She was drawn to Agnes Scott College because of the energy and eagerness to learn she felt from current Scotties in the classroom during her first campus visit, and she believes Agnes Scott will provide her with the resources necessary to one day contribute to advancing the lives of others.

“I do not take lightly the responsibility I feel I have to help others find their voice; I believe that the best leaders are those who are able to bring different people together,” says Greene.

Meet Noor Kabakibou ’22

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Noor Kabakibou’s photography is a compilation of digital artwork that allows a peek into this Woodward Academy graduate’s complex mind and the stories she sees when she looks through a lens—the cultures she has embraced, the commonality of human emotion, human existence—and the beauty of nature, both wild and tamed.

“I want to help people connect the images they’re seeing with the stories of the people in the pictures – we have far more in common with each other than we realize,” says Kabakibou.

The oldest daughter of two Syrian-born, U.S. medical doctors, Kabakibou spent her childhood summers visiting extended family in Syria, the place, people, sights and smells she claims are responsible for shaping her into the compassionate, free individual she has become, and she took personally the devastation of that country as a result of the Syrian Civil War. She has spent four years working with refugees as president of the Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund youth club, which aides displaced Middle-Eastern children in need of medical care. An aspiring future doctor herself, Kabakibou was a biology and math tutor for underclassmen in high school, a die-hard ultimate Frisbee team member and a Woodward Peer Leader. Kabakibou chose Agnes Scott because she liked the college’s history of graduating successful female leaders, though she has heard about the campus her entire life (Kabakibou is a “triple legacy!” Her mother and two aunts are Agnes Scott graduates!), and she hopes to meet other Scotties who share and engage in her own passion of addressing the Middle-Eastern refugee crisis. One more interesting fact about Kabakibou: She speaks three languages—English, French and Arabic.

Meet Ashley Mabrey ’22

Hometown: Mount Dora, Florida
In Agnes Scott College, Ashley Mabrey saw a place where “strong, driven women could motivate other strong, driven women,” a place where she could become more culturally and globally connected and better prepared for her future as a veterinarian—and she should know this for certain: she and her family visited campus seven-plus times while deciding on “the perfect college!” Mabrey might have love for Agnes Scott, but her first two loves will always be animals and softball! An Agnes Scott softball recruit, this Golden Glove Award-winning future Scottie was both a varsity softball and basketball star throughout high school, president of the Student Government Association and representative for the school Advisory Council, all while shadowing veterinarians at a local animal hospital and volunteering at a horse farm. Throughout her life, Mabrey has been surrounded by animals of all types, from dogs to guinea pigs, and credits wildlife exploration shows for instilling in her a passion for nature and animal conservation. Her volunteer work has led her to witness everything from litters of puppies being born and surgeries to remove tumors, to dental cleanings and the painful experience of families losing a furry loved one following a serious illness.

“I firmly believe Agnes Scott will provide me with the best undergraduate education for acceptance into veterinary school. This is where I plan to grow, not only as a student, but also as a leader, an individual, a teammate, a friend and, most importantly to me, as a woman,” says Mabrey.

Meet Rylee Reeves ’22

Hometown: Albany, California

Rylee Reeves might have first picked Agnes Scott College out of a book called “Colleges That Change Lives,” but when she first stepped foot on campus as a high school sophomore, felt the “strong leadership environment” and experienced a “community of women all motivated by learning,” she knew immediately the college was the right fit for her.

“I believe that Agnes Scott will push me to be the best student, leader and person that I can be, all while providing me with support and opportunities that I would not receive elsewhere,” says Reeves.

And being a part of a challenging environment is important to Reeves. Diagnosed with ADHD during high school, she found many of her courses overwhelming, but she rose to the challenge, teaching herself good organization and study skills, and working hard to obtain the results she desired academically. She challenged herself by taking honors level English and AP Physics courses, and by being a part of her school’s Design and Build Program, which paired Physics with Computer Aided Design (CAD) courses. Reeves sought to challenge herself physically as well and has been competing nationally and internationally in weight-lifting, or more accurately, kettlebell, since the age of 10. In 2016, she won a gold medal in the Junior World Competition in Latvia for kettlebell lifting and, in a competition in San Francisco, surpassed her personal best record for duration by lifting a 24 kilogram bell for a minute longer than usual. She is the youngest to have ever been named Candidate for Master of Sport and has placed within the top five in her division at three international competitions.

“From Kettlebell, I’ve learned how to challenge myself and to not give up easily; I can accomplish whatever I set my mind to,” says Reeves.

Meet Bintou Tunkara ’22

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Bintou Tunkara knows the meaning of being caught between two different cultures. The oldest of five siblings, Tunkara calls Atlanta, Georgia home, while her family originally hails from The Gambia. Though her daily cultural home environment is quite different from the cultural environment she is immersed in outside of home, this Banneker High School graduate embraces the differences in the most inspiring way.

“My background shapes who I am and what I stand for. I want people to know that it is still possible for women like me to keep traditional values while following their dreams. My choice to change the world will begin with me changing the narrative of what it means to be black, Muslim and female,” says Tunkara.

As a member of the Banneker High School Student Body Council for four years and then Student Body President, Tunkara has a deep interest in International Relations, and worked for the City of Union City as a summer intern for two years, learning about how city government operates. In addition, she was president of HOSA, a member of the Student Advisory Council and public relations chairwoman for her high school’s Chick-fil-a Leadership Academy and the National Honor Society. With extensive community and volunteer involvements, Tunkara has been the driving force behind awareness events at her high school such as the No Place for Hate rally, World Hijab Day movement and the Sleep Out for Homeless Youth project. As a first generation college student, Tunkara chose Agnes Scott not only because of its focus on academics and global leadership but because of the friendly and supportive nature of the students and academic advisors she encountered on campus.

“As a young social activist, I have a strong passion for serving the community and encouraging people of my socioeconomic demographic to succeed, and for women to have a voice in state, local and national government,” says Tunkara.


Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.