Blue Island 17-year-old does it all --- and now, she's headed to just about any school she wants
BLUE ISLAND, Ill. - A 17-year-old from south suburban Blue Island is headed to the Ivy Leagues.
Remember this name: Jaila Mabry.
She is busy.
She doesn't just play the drums, she is also the IHSA 2023 state champion in radio, speaking — and the list goes on.
Mabry is the youngest of four and attends Dwight D. Eisenhower High School. She is third in her class of 415 and works part-time at a fast-food chain.
The 17-year-old received over $300,000 in scholarship money and the awards are still coming in from the growing list of colleges and universities she has applied to.
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However, it's not all business.
The teen says she also loves to hang out with her friends.
As of now, her top three picks for college are Stanford, Yale and Harvard — in no particular order.
Mabry plans to study International Relations and Journalism.