Juliet Romero

Rising Star Award
Holy Cross High School

Juliet Mary Romero is a Queens native and is a senior at Holy Cross High School in Bayside. Romero was chosen as a 2021 Power Woman for her commitment to her personal and community development, extending outside the borders of NYC. Even at her young age, she is a consistent disruptor, willing and able to participate in civic and philanthropic functions such as Kicks for Kids, Friends of Rural Kids, and Knitting for the Needy.

A prolific academic and athletic scholar at her high school, Romero is more than book smart. She is a natural leader. As captain of her varsity track team, she has garnered multiple podium finishes in the 400 meters, long jump, and high jump inter-school competitions (CHSAA). She also participates in the school’s varsity soccer and volleyball teams. As an honors student, she is a member of the NHS and Science Research Program through SUNY Albany, under the guidance of 2020 Power Woman awardee, Cathy Kenny, and her mentor Enna Selmanovic of the Brain Injury Research Center, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Through her philanthropic work at Kick for Kids, Romero and her brothers started sending new and slightly used sneakers and school shoes to needy children in Haiti and the Philippines. Last year, during the pandemic, Romero participated in distributing PPEs and lunches for frontline workers at several NYC hospitals. Finally, she co-founded a club at her high school to make and donate knitted items for nursing home residents and homeless people. Locally, Romero serves as an assistant track coach for St. Kevin Catholic Academy and tutors local children in Math and ELA.

Her message to young women like her in the community: “Don’t let other people stop you from fighting for what you believe in because, in the end, it’s going to be the hard work that will allow you to succeed and flourish.”