“If you educate a girl, you educate a nation. Women, and especially girls, in developing countries are often overlooked and abused. International issues such as female genital mutilation, child marriages, and widow self-immolation are common and even acceptable practices in some parts of the world today. See what you can do to help stop these despicable practices and educate girls around the world by going to www.thegirleffect.org.”

Age: 16

School: Runnels High School

Parents: James and Jessica Runnels

FAVORITES:

Book: “Pride and Prejudice”

Music: “I like classic rock mostly, but I have a soft spot for Ke$ha and Avril Lavigne.”

Movie: “‘Castaway,’ or anything else starring Tom Hanks.”

TV show: “Arrested Development”

Role model: Audrey Hepburn

Hangout: “I like going to the Y with my friends.”

Extra: Gabriella is president and founder of the Triathlon Club, as well as treasurer for the National Honor Society, vice president for the Junior Classical League and a member of the Honor Council. She recently joined cross country and hopes to complete a half marathon this winter. This year, she earned the National AP Scholar award.