Academy Junior Angelica Fogarty Named to the Athena Society
April 19, 2021
Over the Easter Break, Junior Angelica Fogarty was named to the Athena Society’s Dr. Sylvia Richardson Young Women of Promise Program. The program honors “remarkable” high school juniors across Hillsborough County for their community service and athletic and academic accomplishments. It’s very selective and only 10 young women are chosen each year.
“I was honestly shocked that I even got nominated. This was the first award that I have won, so I couldn’t believe it,” said Fogarty. “[My family was] really excited and proud of me. My siblings were shocked that I won and were convinced it was an April Fool’s Joke.”
In 1976, the Athena Society was founded to support the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. It works to create “programs and forums designed to assist women who were in or returning to the workforce.”
The counseling department at the Academy nominated Fogarty, and she was then required to fill out an application where she listed her many clubs and extracurricular activities, including Student Council and being a swim coach at the Tampa Yacht Club. Additionally, Fogarty included her GPA, class rank, and responses to several essay prompts.
By being named to the program, Fogarty will receive a $500 dollar grant, and the leaders of the Athena Society will also help her secure internships and establish connections within the community. The grant can be used towards “tuition, books, childcare, transportation, or needed career equipment.” Fogarty plans on using the grant to pay for her college books.
Fogarty said, “I was so grateful to receive this award. It was an honor to have Ms. Hauser [College Counselor Lisa Hauser-Kolar] believe in me and help me every step of the way.”