Baileigh Borna is a senior at River Ridge High School in Woodstock, Georgia, where she serves on the Student Marching Band Leadership Team as the Band Librarian, serves on the school's Student Ambassador's Club Board of Directors as the Parliamentarian, and works part-time in the school's Media Center. Baileigh is also a St. Ann's Life Teen Leadership Team member and a six-year volunteer at The Center for Children & Young Adults, a residential home for foster care teens in Georgia.
Baileigh enjoys creative writing and won 2nd Place in the 2023 JFK Profiles of Courage Essay Contest and a First-Class Award in the 2023 National Council of Teachers of English Achievement Awards in Writing. She is grateful and honored to win her first NSHSS Scholarship for The Rainbow Project, which she peer-facilitated with ten high school juniors and seniors living at The Center for Children & Young Adults. The project also won a $500 Lead4Change Challenge Grant for the youth home.
Baileigh is passionate about everything related to space, astronomy, and astronautics, making attending Advanced STEM Space Camp at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center this past June a pinnacle educational experience. In the fall of 2024, Baileigh plans to hone her passion for space by pursuing a dual Degree in Mathematics and Aerospace Engineering from St. Mary's College and the University of Notre Dame. She also plans to march in the Fighting Irish Marching Band. Being awarded an NSHSS Diversity Scholarship will help Baileigh to realize her dreams and education. Go Irish and Belles!