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Community service scholar starts own program

Anna - Senior Douglasville, GA

For Anna, there’s nothing better than canoeing in Maine or hiking at Crane Beach in Ipswich, MA with Outdoor Pursuits, Andover’s wilderness program focused on pushing students to their limits both physically and mentally in a variety of outdoor settings, while honing their skills in leadership, teamwork, environmental stewardship and global citizenship. “Some of my greatest memories will be of Outdoor Pursuits,” says Anna, who has participated in the group in all of her four years and was a student leader as a senior. “There’s so much bonding in the group. On one gorgeous trip down the Saco River we saw three bald eagles. It’s been amazing.”

Anna’s love for nature and commitment to service began in the third grade as a Girl Scout. This past summer she earned her Girl Scout Gold Award and was the community service scholar this year at Andover. “I started my own community service program at Ironstone Farm. It’s a partnership with a local therapeutic riding barn,” says Anna. “Students go and help with lessons, side walk with the horses and just talk with the riders.” Along with Ironstone, she has also been involved with the ARC, Pen Pals and Adopt-a-Platoon programs.

When Anna returns home to the south for college in the fall at Georgia Tech, she’ll be taking the lessons she learned in the classroom and her continued passion for service with her. “I’m going to study neuroscience and biomedical engineering,” Anna says, citing her BIO 610 independent research class as one of her favorites. “It taught me what real lab research is,” she says.

“I’m also already signed up for the Georgia Tech community service program,” adds Anna excitedly. “So I’ll do whatever they need when I get down there.”