Sierra graduated from Bryn Mawr College in May with a major in Psychology and minor in Biology and Child & Family Studies. At Bryn Mawr College, she volunteered with the Big Sisters Program, mentoring elementary students and encouraging them to pursue goals and continue their education. Sierra has also worked at the on-campus preschool, where she assists the teachers with preparations and activities, as well as engages with the children to promote play and problem-solving. She has been a member of her school’s Pre-Health Society and served as a committee member for Health Interest Programming sessions, organizing events for speakers on Adolescent/Pediatric Medicine and Women’s Health. Sierra has spent more than half her life involved with community service projects, many specifically geared towards children. When she was ten years old, Sierra started an annual food drive called PB&J Week to collect peanut butter and jelly for hungry children. The initiative provided 18,000 jars of peanut butter and jelly to local food banks. In high school, Sierra created a workshop called Snotty is Naughty to educate girls on the negative effects of girl-to-girl meanness and how to respond to “mean girls.” Because of her work with Snotty is Naughty, she was selected by Youth Service America and the Festival of Children Foundation to represent Idaho as a National Child Awareness Ambassador. Sierra interviewed pediatric psychiatrists and psychologists and national bullying programs to create a documentary raising awareness of girl-to-girl meanness. Her community service work has been recognized on state and national levels, featured in numerous publications, and received multiple grants. Sierra is pursuing a career as a pediatric psychiatrist, to continue making a positive impact on young lives. This summer, she will be starting in the Health Science Intensive Program at Johns Hopkins University.
Parents: Lee Leslie & Janell Norman-Leslie
College: John Hopkins University
Sponsor: Butte Irrigation
$500- Travis Pattern & Foundry + $300- IIEA = $800 IIEA Scholarship