Best of Philly

2021 Overachiever

Akayla Brown

While we were still swamped with gloomy pandemic news, this winner of the ultra-competitive­ full-ride Gates Scholarship gave us something good and pure just when we needed it. Not only did this Bodine High grad get accepted to more than 18 colleges; she runs Dimplez 4 Dayz, a community nonprofit dedicated to reducing youth violence. This Southwest Philly native is about to take Howard University by storm.