A local student is already on her way to success after high school and beyond.
Kaylynn Brewer – a major cheerleader at the Washington School – was recently awarded the infamous RBG Women of Tomorrow scholarship by the National Honor Society for High School Scholars (NSHSS).
According to the NSHSS website, the scholarship was created to recognize women scientists who have demonstrated leadership skills and their efforts to embody the spirit of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG) within their communities.
Brewer was one of 10 students selected from a pool of over 100 applicants to receive a $1,000 scholarship.
Part of the application required Brewer to respond to the following prompt,” Ruth Bader Ginsburg stated, “With women in power, barriers will collapse.” As society sees what women can do, as women see what women can do, there will be more women doing things, and we will all be better off for it… As we communicate and collaborate, give and take, we evolve, and emerge stronger. and more capable. “How do you embody the spirit of RBG to be known for your strength in your community?”
Brewer spoke about one of the main ways she has embodied that spirit in her community.
She volunteered at the New York City School of Urban Ministry the summer prior to her sophomore year.
During her time in Manhattan, she learned a lot about people and gained experience in customer service.
After her trip, she was encouraged to apply to the Greenville Mayor’s Youth Council.
Brewer was honored for extending this opportunity as she saw it as a way to help grow her community.
“I wasn’t really able to do a lot of volunteer work during COVID, so a lot of things happened in my second year,” she recalls. “I’ve been really involved in volunteering and had the opportunity to do many things with the Mississippi Department of Health – it was through the Mayor Youth Council in Greenville where I spoke with health care officials about COVID-19 and what they can do with children because a lot of them have seen a sharp rise in depressive states.
Besides seeing children dealing with depression during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Brewer noted academic struggles among students.
“This is something I wrote about that I’m really passionate about – wanting to help the kids and that’s why I really got involved in the Mayor’s Youth Council,” she said.
Brewer also shared that her reaction to the news of her being awarded the scholarship was “the funniest thing”.
“I was going to bed around 10:30 p.m. and I was like ‘You know what, let me look at my emails. So I browse and see this ‘Congratulations’ and I jump because at the time I didn’t know where I wanted to get into college,” she recalled how her parents constantly pushed her to apply for scholarships.
Brewer continued, “So, I saw the email and quickly jumped up and ran into my parents’ room and said, ‘Mom and Dad, I got the scholarship, I got it! “I was very happy.”
While she invests heavily in serving her community and helping others, Brewer invests in encouragement as evidenced by the excitement in her voice when she spoke about it.
But she made it clear that academics are at the forefront of those investments.
“I love cheerleading. I started with gymnastics and I think I started when I was 5 and have been flipping ever since,” Brewer said. “I just switched from gymnastics to cheerleading.”
Her prospective field of study once she starts her university studies is real estate.
One reason for this is her fondness for engaging with others.
“I honestly love talking to people, getting to know people and helping people,” she explained.
It seems that the young, capable and wonderful Mrs. Brewer can be traced back to a village of similar ladies.
Brewer held that the women in her family were collectively responsible for the success she had achieved thus far – rather for the prize she had received.
“If there is anything I can take away from my family, it is that I have really strong women and that has helped me a lot in growing and being able to do so many things… They have really influenced me and encouraged me in all that I have done my whole life.”
NSHSS is the premier international honors and scholarship program co-founded by Claes Noble and James Lewis.
It offers lifetime benefits, pairing top-performing students around the world with high school and college scholarships, events, connections, internships, and employment opportunities that start in high school and continue into college and jobs. For more information, visit https://nshss.org