What extracurricular activities and hobbies do you enjoy?
Yearbook, forensic speaking, Latin club, Beta club, mentoring freshman, volunteering, interning with a child's defense lawyer, and coaching volleyball.
If you could have dinner with anyone from history, who would you pick? Why?
I would love to enjoy a casual dinner with Jane Addams, the founder of the Hull House. Jane was a pioneering feminist who dedicated her entire life to serving others. I'd love to ask her how she developed such a generous spirit and how I can become a better public servant.
What has been your proudest moment?
My proudest moment was my first victory as a volleyball coach. My group of twelve year-old girls had battled the entire season without winning a single match. We tirelessly practiced each week, but we were never able to pull off a victory. In the very last game, my girls worked harder than they ever had before, and they won! I had played in and won hundreds of volleyball games before, but I had never felt prouder of a victory. It was my proudest moment because their victory proved to me that I was a successful coach. They learned from me and, in a small way, I was able to impact their lives.
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
It's always been a fantasy of mine to learn how to transfigure items through the use of a magic wand. I'm kind of a big Harry Potter nerd.
What would be the title of your autobiography?
The title of my autobiography would be: Title Goes Here. My life is always a work in progress, so obviously I would never be able to create a fitting title.
Why are you committing to the Inspired Year?
I'm committing to the Inspire Year because I believe it's important that the youth in my community understand the importance of voting. Voting and government impact our daily lives and I'm passionate about sharing how young people can become involved.
What does civic engagement mean to you?
Civic engagement is citizens coming together to impact the future by bettering their community. I like to stay civically engaged by volunteering as a reading tutor at local elementary school.
What's your favorite thing about Virginia?
It's beauty! In every corner of the state, the landscape is breathtaking. I love to marvel at the James River, especially.
Where would you like to see Virginia in 20 years?
I'd like to see Virginia as an education forerunner, changing how the public school system is run. Standards of Learning are reduced and enhanced to better fit students needs. Teachers would also have increased salaries because they tirelessly work for their students.
If you could tell Governor McAuliffe one thing, what would you tell him?
If I had the chance to speak with Governor McAuliffe, I would tell him that the General Assembly and himself should try to make in-state tuition at public universities affordable.
Is there anything else you would like people to know about you?
I aspire to be like Leslie Knope in every way, so watch out world!