Brianna Blake is a graduating senior studying biochemistry and molecular biology with a minor in biology and bioinformatics. She was born in Washington, D.C. from her parents LaShawn Johnson and Vernon Blake, and has seven wonderful siblings. Her single mother raised her and her sister in Prince George’s County of Maryland. From an early age, Brianna knew she was called to make a difference in the world and was now the first in her family to go to a four-year college. Brianna found out about the first degree-granting HBCU through her counselor and to her surprise they granted her a full academic scholarship. Brianna acclimated herself to the campus and became a natural leader for her peers. In 2018, she reigned as the first Miss Sophomore of Lincoln University. From her involvement in academic courses, she was granted a fully-funded opportunity to research in Morocco. She then ran for Miss Lincoln University and became the 2019-2020 Miss Legacy. During her reign as Miss Legacy, she collaborated with alumni and organizations on campus to uplift and showcase the community of kings and queens. She also founded the Kings and Queens Coalition, giving the campus kings and queens the opportunity to serve and network with the surrounding community. Throughout it all, she never lost sight of her dreams of becoming a doctor and was one of three Lincoln students granted early admissions to the University of Pittsburgh school of medicine. Brianna currently serves on the executive board for the National Council of Negro Women, the president of the Minority Association of Pre-health Students, and a chemistry tutor. Upon graduation, Brianna hopes to be at the University of Pittsburgh Physician Scientist Program, while also finding a way to give young African American girls exposure to the STEM field.
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