Scholar Spotlight: Collin Plowden

Uplift Summit scholar, Collin Plowden, has been selected for the Congressional Youth Advisory Council and is one of the youngest members in the group. The freshman applied for the council and was selected by the office of Congressman Marc Veasey.

Collin applied with the help of Maggie Braun, Uplift Summit’s ninth grade theater teacher. Ms. Braun was Collin’s seventh grade history teacher, and Collin reached out to her for a recommendation letter to send with his application. She used IB learner profile traits to describe the scholar in his recommendation letter. A trait used to describe Collin was “risk-taker” for putting himself out there to explore various options.

Ms. Braun said, “I am grateful that he identified his goals early on as a freshman to do the research and go out to get what he wants.”

Collin is one of the two ninth graders selected for the Youth Advisory Council and received praise from Congressmen Veasey’s office.

“Collin, being the youngest applicant, is well on his way to be very successful not only in high school but in his life,” said Sydney Jones, Deputy Director for Congressmen Veasey.

The Youth Advisory Council is a group of individuals that many members of congress have put together to engage them in the political process, public service, and community service.

Collin said he is excited to learn more about the U.S. Government to further his opportunity to get into the U.S. Navy Academy where he plans to attend after graduation.

The council meets four times a year with Congressmen Veasey. They present and discuss issues they care about as well as plan community service projects that they will be implementing throughout the year.

Although he will be learning about politics in the U.S Government, Collin aspires to be an engineer at the U.S. Navy Academy. Through this experience he will gain leadership and government skills that will help shape his future.

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