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Twenty-five students were chosen by judges from local colleges and universities to represent the best and brightest of NEPA’s graduating classes as part of The Times Tribune’s annual Scholastic Superstar program.

Parents: John and Angie Burke.

Plans: To attend the University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business, and major in marketing.

Burke founded a female empowerment program in the Tunkhannock Area School District.

The program, You Go Girl!, is for middle school girls to grow in confidence and leadership.

“I proved to myself that I could create meaningful change in my community,” said Sophie, a mentor for the group.

Sophie is also a member of mock trial, CCD Aide and a D.A.R.E. mentor.

In her spare time, she dances, journals, reads self-help books and biographies of women and practices yoga.

She most admires Julie Piazza, owner of Chippy White Table, a female-run rental/styling business with community at the heart of it.

“She prioritizes wellness and incorporates this practice through her work life as well,” Sophie said. “She taught me that you don’t have to sacrifice any part of yourself for success.”

In the future, Sophie, who was a Rotary Summer Exchange student in Milan, Italy, hopes to work as a marketing manager for a company that aligns with her values while continuing involvement in female empowerment groups. She plans to live “wherever fuels growth and gives a sense of home.”

“Everything that is meant for you will come in due time,” she said of her life philosophy.