Certified Scotties

This is the class of 2022. They are musicians, scholars, world titleholders, social justice warriors, leaders, future change agents - and they sound a lot like Scotties already! That's why we have dubbed these members of the incoming class of 2022 as #CertifiedScottie. 

These are the profiles of just a few of the bold, determined, passionate future Scotties, first introduced in a special social media series on Instagram by Agnes Scott's Office of Admission. You'll learn interesting facts about these featured members of the class of 2022 or #ASC22, and why they chose Agnes Scott.

See something inspiring? Start where they began: Schedule your visit to Agnes Scott today to learn how our campus could be the best fit for you, too! 

 


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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Julia King ’22

Albuquerque, New Mexico

When you ask Julia King where she is from, she describes herself as a “Southern, Midwest and Southwest girl,” and, once you know her story, you understand this detail to fit her perfectly, along with a few other words that might include "adventurer,” “explorer,” “daredevil!” Descending from Polish, German and French immigrants, she was born in Durham, North Carolina, but was raised in Chicago, Illinois and New Mexico. King’s first trip abroad was to Nepal when she was 14, and she considers this time to be when she was “bitten by the travel bug.”

A violist with the Albuquerque Youth Orchestra and avid skier, passionate about social justice and public health, King took a “gap year” after graduating from high school in 2017 to explore new places and cultures while gaining better clarification on her next steps in life. Her journey into the world—entirely solo—took her to live with a family in Northern Iceland on a sheep and horse farm for two months where she witnessed the Northern lights, cared for 50 Icelandic ponies and fell in love with the local people. King’s gap year also included trips to Japan and Morocco. She was immediately drawn to Agnes Scott’s SUMMIT curriculum, seeing it as the perfect way to prepare herself for the ever changing world.

“The biggest thing that helped me during my college search was finding schools that had programs that excited me—for me, that was SUMMIT. In every part of my journey through SUMMIT, my education will be given thought and care. As a conscience learner, I appreciate this concept.”

King was also a member of Student Senate, the New Mexico Youth Alliance, volunteer for a local animal shelter, scholarship recipient of the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice training on race in New Orleans and was an active participant in the D.C. Women’s March.

 

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 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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Rosa Victoria ’22

Hometown: Marietta, Georgia by way of Saltillo, Mexico

Rosa Victoria remembers 2008 as a year of realization for her, one in which circumstances forced her not quite 10-year-old mind to fully fit together the bits and pieces of her family’s history like parts of a puzzle. Her eyes were opened, and she could no longer view life the same as those around her. Victoria grew up differently, in a world where, as she says, there was no room for mistakes. At just three years old, she relocated with her family from Mexico (a trying journey) to the U.S., or El Norte, the “Land of Possibilities.” A turning of national events led her to embrace her place in society and solidified within her the desire to improve not only her situation but also that of those like her, and her journey so far speaks to this determination.

“I have a chance to progress in society, for me, my parents and for others like me; I am no longer working to improve my and my parents situation, but that of all people who are like me,” Victoria says.

Valedictorian of her senior class, she was the captain of her varsity soccer team and a squad leader for her platoon in Junior ROTC. She was the vice president for development and apprentice for HoPe, the student-led Hispanic Organization Promoting Education, a member of the National Honor Society and a translator for her local middle school during parent-teacher conference weeks. Victoria is often described as wise, hardworking, well respected among her peers, positive and kind.

At Agnes Scott, she has an interest in studying both biology and history, but is still hoping to find her passion before choosing a major. She was drawn to Agnes Scott because of its smaller, diverse classroom settings, and the confidence and comfort she feels in being surrounded by likeminded peers.

 

 

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.