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November, 2008

Ayna Agarwal
Love for animals goes global

During a trip to India, Ayna Agarwal saw many helpless dogs on the street — some with infections and others missing paws. Seeing this heart-breaking scene drove her to start an organization called Stop Pet Overpopulation Together Globally, Inc. (SPOTGlobally). Girlshealth.gov talked to Ayna about her desire to change things for the better for animals.

September, 2008

Graziella Baratta
A crowning moment

Introducing the new Ms. United States, Graziella Baratta. Read her interview to find out the best advice she ever received, the ways she stays fit, and how she will spread the message of healthy living to women and girls across the country.

July, 2008

Cactus Cuties
Singing their hearts out!

Do you have what it takes to stand up and sing in front of thousands of people? These girls do! Even at their young ages, the Cactus Cuties—Baylee, Blaire, Andi, and Madeline—sing in front of huge crowds regularly. They delight audiences with their beautiful harmony and charismatic presence singing the National Anthem at sporting events. They have even been featured on the Disney Channel!

May, 2008

Stephanie Mockler
Being a girl shouldn't slow you down

Did you ever want to get involved in a "boy's" sport, but thought you might be intimidated by the boys who played them? Stephanie's advice is to not let that stop you. When she was 5 years old, she got in the seat of a race car and has been driving ever since. In 2004, at age 16, she became the youngest female race car driver to win the U.S. Auto Club race (USAC). Read her story about how she got started, where she is now, and what her future holds.

March, 2008

Adora Svitak
She's got the "write" stuff!

What can Adora do at age 10 that most of us will never achieve in a lifetime?  Though only in seventh grade, Adora wrote over 330,000 words in the last year alone.  Her stories include historical fiction, poetry, and “tips” books for kids.  She is already a published author.  Though she says she mostly just writes for fun, Adora's belief in herself inspires other girls to set their sights higher. She may still be young, but her accomplishments are making a huge impact on the way girls think about their own potential.

January, 2008

Ana Dodson
A giving heart

Ana was adopted when she was a little baby, but she always dreamed of returning to the country she was born in.  When she visited a Peruvian orphanage 4 years ago, she saw how the children were not as fortunate as she was and she decided to make it her mission to help them.  Read about her story, about her trip to Peru, and how she opened her heart to give back to the place she once called home.

Content last updated August 20, 2008

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health.

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