Indie Soul Students of the Week: Naysa Reames, Cori Grainger, Shamon Thomas-Green, and Jessica Cooley


Representing the ladies of Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women and Office of College Counseling, these students deserve a standing ovation!

  1. Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women (BLSYW) juniors Naysa Reames and Cori Grainger were both accepted into the LEDA Scholars Program at Princeton University after a lengthy and competitive process. Only 100 students from across the country were accepted to spend seven weeks at Princeton to participate in The Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute, held annually on the Princeton University campus. The program focuses on leadership training, writing instruction, standardized test preparation, and college guidance. Check out the program link:
  2. Junior Shamon Thomas-Green is one of only 30 students accepted to participate in Camp Psych at Gettysburg College– a unique opportunity for students interested in psychology. The goal of Camp Psych is to provide a window into how psychological science works and prepare future leaders in the field. Check out the program link:
  3. Jessica Cooley, a sophomore at BLSYW, has been selected out of 80 applicants from across Baltimore City as a MERIT (Medical Education Resources Initiative for Teens) Scholar. The selection process included a written application and a rigorous three-week tryout called the Medical Leadership Course where students participated in medical discussions about Ebola, Huntington’s Disease, and STDs, completed a CPR simulation, created a poster presentation about a health care disparity, and learned how to take blood pressure.

As part of MERIT, participants will receive free SAT prep, college admissions and financial aid guidance, and leadership development seminars. In addition, they will complete three paid summer internships working in local hospitals and research laboratories. Each scholar will also be paired with a college or graduate student mentor for the next three years. MERIT will continue to provide guidance to these scholars throughout college as well. Check out the program link:

During the school year, Indie Soul will spotlight a student who excels in academics and in the community. To nominate someone for “Student of the Week,” call 410-366-3900 ext. 3016 or email with “Student of the Week” in the subject line.