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Written by Jenna Needham

Wyoming Virtual Academy (WYVA) 11th grader Grace Anderson has been chosen to serve as a Wyoming delegate for the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). As a result, she won an all-expenses paid trip to Washington DC in March to hear policy addresses by senators, cabinet members, State Department and DOD officials, and even meet a U.S. Supreme Court Justice. Grace also receives a $10,000 scholarship from the Randolph Hearst Foundation and will have the opportunity to meet the President of the United States!

Grace serves as a student mentor, WYVA’s President of the National Honor Society, and the Vice President of Wyoming’s Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).

“In the past three years, I have logged over 400 community service hours, and there is no way I could have done that if I was in a traditional brick and mortar school!” said Grace.

Dedicated to charitable work, Grace has engaged fellow students to donate toys, hygiene products, and school supplies to fill shoeboxes for the needy. In all, 500 students participated and 368 shoeboxes were filled. She engaged other community members for donations too, and with their help, filled another 300 shoeboxes, amounting to over 600. The boxes were then sent to children in developing countries.

For her philanthropic efforts, Grace received recognition from the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Her rewards included another all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C., a silver medallion, and $1,000.

Grace attributes much of her success to the fact that she goes to online school.

“I honestly could not do all that I do if I was not an online high school student!” exclaimed Grace. “The Wyoming Virtual Academy has given me the best education I could ask for with the flexibility I need to participate in many other great programs to learn about community service, leadership, and the world around me.”

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