Junior Women of Achievement

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Junior Women of Achievement Awards


NOTE: Due to Covid-19 and concerns for people’s safety, we have come to the tough decision to postpone our Junior Women of Achievement Awards until 2023.


Junior Women of Achievement Honorees

Class of 2019

Logan Andres
Vanessa Biagiarelli
Sydney Birchard
Madalyn Byrnes
Kelsey Cordera
Zoey Filegar
Lillia Gouldsbarry
Jonah Jankovik
Colette Kisling
Katrina Luffey
Claire Pullen
Rosemary Ramirez
Maeve Shaughnessy
Caterina Veneziano
Chloe Zervos
About the Event
Our Junior Women of Achievement Awards Ceremony honors young individuals (ages 8-21) that are doing extraordinary things and we recognize their achievements in academics, service and leadership.  Focused in the key areas of academics, service and leadership, Cribs for Kids wants to inspire girls and young women to recognize their potential for leadership. They can become leaders in their own way – as artists, entrepreneurs, educators, peer-mentors and community advocates. They can follow in the footsteps of our current and past Women of Achievement honorees as the leaders of tomorrow.
Throughout the ceremony, our honorees will be presented an award of achievement during a hosted lunch and celebrated by their closest friends and family. We are excited to empower girls, build their confidence and cultivate a supportive network filled with the female leaders of tomorrow.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Junior Woman of Achievement Spotlight

In 2018, Cribs for Kids recognized 12-year-old Emma LeFebvre for her outstanding efforts in Philanthropy during the annual Women of Achievement Awards ceremony. After learning about our mission, Emma transformed her backyard into a pop-up art gallery and sold her artwork to benefit Cribs for Kids. Her hard work that day raised $2,000, and she was responsible for purchasing Cribettes for 40 infants across the United States. She was 10 years old at the time. Emma became the inspiration for the Junior Woman of Achievement Awards.

Emma’s presence at the event reminded us that supporting and encouraging young women and girls to follow their hearts and dreams is an essential factor in the development of future women leaders. In her honor, each year an Ambassador will be chosen from the Junior Women of Achievement Awardees to represent her awardee class at the following years JWOA Awards luncheon, as well as at the prestigious Women of Achievement Awards Dinner. The JWOA Ambassador will assist in presenting the awards and greeting guests at the event. Her presence will represent the passing of the baton to the next generation of extraordinary women.

Junior Woman of Achievement Ambassador

We are proud to announce that this year’s Junior Women of Achievement Ambassador will be:


Samantha Roth

Samantha was honored at last year’s Junior Women of Achievement Awards and will represent her fellow nominees at this year’s ceremonies. Samantha is a sophomore and Dean’s list student at Point Park University.

She is an acting major and is involved in several clubs, including Strong Women/Strong Girls, the COPA Theater Club, and the Point Park Singers.

Sami is currently Capital City Elite Miss, but when she received her Junior Women of Achievement award, she was USA National Miss Pennsylvania. She attended nationals for this pageant this past year in Disney and was honored to be judged by several former Miss Americas and Miss USA’s. Through the USA National Miss title, she spoke to several organizations about the national platform of the Crown CARES, which is an anti-bullying platform.

Sami also continues to promote her platform of the Next Generation of Global Sisterhood. The Global Sisterhood is a Pittsburgh based women’s network group started by Dr. Shellie Hipsky that has raised funds for various charities all over the world. Sami is the Ambassador for the Next Generation of Global Sisterhood, and through this position, she encourages young women worldwide to volunteer in their communities. A 5-time gold Presidential pin recipient, Sami has volunteered over 200 hours per year to various organizations including Ronald McDonald House, The Sage Collector, March for Babies, Alzheimer’s Organization, The Heart Association, the Butler Library, and Out of the Darkness, to name a few. Sami resides in Butler with her proud parents, Jeff and Arlene Roth, and her dog, Millie.

Alumnae Honorees

2018 Junior Women of Achievement Honorees:

Lauren Baker
Juanita Bell
Samantha Casile
 Peyton Klein
Alishha Kozier
Bryn Mermelstein
Julie Missry
Sidnee Neal
Kinsley Palilla
Taylor Robinson
Samantha Roth
Zoe Soteres
“Recently I have been working on some really exciting things behind the scenes which include possibly being an ambassador of a multimillion-dollar company. While speaking to the business owners, the first accomplishment I recognized was my Junior Women of Achievement award. Thank you dearly for taking the time to empower me and recognize my accomplishments. The website I created, which featured this award, made an incredible first impression on them and we are planning to do amazing things in the near future. Thank you so much, you’re incredible and your act of kindness is still impacting me today.”
Lauren Baker
2018 Junior Women of Achievement Award Recipient


Andrea Wilson at awilson@cribsforkids.org or 412-322-5680 ex 104