Meet Beverly

Grade 8

Robotics team competitor.
Science fair pro.
Class president.

She's coding her own course.

Born and raised in Nigeria until she was five years old, Beverly’s African roots inform every project and pursuit she takes on. From her science fair hypotheses to her future hopes and dreams, Beverly’s pride in her culture and heritage is evident in whatever she engineers.
Influenced not only by her homeland but by her new hometown, Beverly’s also been inspired by Pittsburgh’s cutting-edge tech scene. She’s a force to be reckoned with on Ellis’ all-girls robotics team and a fierce competitor at the annual regional science fair.

How Beverly's engineering her future at Ellis

List of 8 items.

  • Girl powered robotics:

    Beverly's been on the Ellis robotics team since the fifth grade. “My love for robotics comes from my Dad. He’s always taught me about programming and coding. FIRST Tech Challenge challenges your brain in different ways; it challenges you to solve a problem in a hands-on way.”
  • A project she’s passionate about:

    “In seventh grade, I did a study on albinism in science. It was a very personal experiment for me because my grandpa on my mom’s side was actually albino. In Africa, they weren’t really sure how to take care of him, so I wanted to learn more about treatments.”
  • How she’s finding her voice:

    “I love presenting because there’s always something new to share with the world. I like getting feedback and I don't take criticism to heart. I think criticism helps me learn more and do better.”
  • Something she never thought she would do:

    Run for class president. “When I first came to Ellis, I wasn’t interested in leadership positions because I didn’t feel like I was capable of taking on such a big role. But now, I’ve worked so hard to be organized and responsible. I thought I would have to do everything myself as class president, but all of my friends have helped me. It’s been really nice to know they have my back, and that it can be a collaborative effort versus just one person.”
  • A flair for science fair:

    She’s no stranger to competing in the annual Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) competition. This year, she’s researching and testing natural fluoride alternatives that prevent tooth decay. “A lot of the things I explore relate to my own personal experiences. In Africa, we’re not given toothbrushes; we often use a miswak stick to clean our teeth. I really want people to have access to new knowledge so they can find natural alternatives, rather than relying on something store-bought or genetically processed. I even went to my dentist’s office and asked for real teeth to experiment on!”
  • How she's a changemaker:

    “I’ve been a changemaker in all of the experiments and presentations I conduct—especially when they’re connected to Africa. I always try to do something close to home and close to heart. Even if it’s just one person who learns one fact from my work, it makes my day.”
  • On her class:

    “The Class of 2025 is crazy, wild, intelligent, and so caring! I’m truly blessed to be in our class. All of our classmates have different personalities, and come from different backgrounds and cultures. It really is just like a big pot of gumbo. The diverse community is really nice. You don’t feel left out, and you feel like everyone has something different to bring to the table.”
  • How she wants to shake the world:

     “Maybe one day I’ll be a head of school. I want to make my own school for girls in Africa. I’ve thought about it for a while; my mom and I have been talking about it since I started at Ellis. In Africa, girls are expected to just do housework and take care of the kids. I’d love to give girls a new experience and give back in that sense.”

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