Hometown: Upper Marlboro, MD
high school: Elizabeth Seton HS
college: University of Maryland
Jeyla Brown is from Texas. She lived there the majority of her life with her half siblings and mother. Although there were bumps in the road, Jeyla always stayed on track. She worked hard in school and has always been among the top students in her class. Her dedication to her work started at a young age, and it has paid off ever since.
Shortly before high school, Jeyla’s mom became ill. She then moved in with her aunt and uncle in southern Maryland. Her family has always supported her dreams and wanted the best life for her. From here, she flourished in becoming the leader she was always meant to be. She maintained her good grades while adjusting to life on the east coast. Currently, Jeyla is a member of her school’s Scholars Program, Ambassadors Club, and president of the National Honor Society. She has worked her way up to being one of the top students in her class, even in her competitive environment. Over the course of four years, she has received several academic recognitions and awards, including Honor Roll and PEAP Gold Awards.
While juggling schoolwork along with other clubs, she managed to be a year-round athlete playing volleyball. Throughout high school, she has juggled schoolwork with playing for both her school varsity team and travel teams. She was a captain for some of her teams. Her success in the classroom carried over into her success on the volleyball court. She has been recognized within her school and athletic conference as a strong athlete. She has received: Most Improved Player Award, Coach’s Award, and a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Honorable Mention Award. She believes playing volleyball plays a major role in developing her leadership skills and dedication. Being a student athlete took her out of her comfort zone and forced her to work harder than ever before.
Jeyla is a team player in her community as well. When she has free time, she does service projects and stays involved at her church. Her favorite site to serve at is the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington D.C., where she has completed over 60 hours of service. She also participated in the Green Schools Alliance’s Student Conservation Corps and Congress program. In her church, Greater Mount Nebo AME Church, she is an active member in the youth choir as well as the youth group, where they participate in service projects and fellowship events.
Jeyla’s ultimate goal in life is to help people. She wants to use her background knowledge from her unique childhood to reach out to people in need, including minorities and women. She intends to major in mathematics and business. She would like to implement programs in struggling communities to teach their members how to become successful and independent. She knows that some parts of the world lack the resources needed to contribute to the greater good of society, and she wants to help these people reach their dreams.