Saline High School junior Amanda Coy has been invited to attend the Presidential Inauguration and Leadership Summit, January 18-22 in Washington D.C. She was chosen to attend from students across the country based on her academic and leadership achievements and offered a scholarship from Envision.
Amanda attended the National Youth Leadership Forum: Advanced Medicine and Health Care at John Hopkins University Medical School last summer, earning three college science credits.
“I am looking forward to witnessing history on the National Mall by participating in the Inauguration of the 45th President and the Vice President of the United States,” Amanda said. She will join with other Summit Scholars from around the country at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum and Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History hearing from renowned speakers including: General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.) U.S. Secretary of State (2001-2005); Award-winning Director, Writer, Actor Spike Lee; and attending sessions with Soccer Champion, Olympic Gold Medalist and World Cup Champion Abby Wambach; Governor Martin O’Malley and Carly Fiorina, former 2016 Presidential candidates along with many other national speakers.
A student in AP Government at Saline High School, she plans to write about the inauguration experience as one of her class project requirements. Coy is interested in Political Science and Pre-Med and has completed nearly 50 hours of medical shadowing and plans to do more over the holidays. She plans to pursue a feature twirler position with a marching band at a university with a strong Political Science/Pre-Med program.
Twirling since the age of three with the 16-time National Champion Saline Twirlettes, Coy has achieved more than 95 local, state, regional and national titles. She is a majorette with the Saline High School Marching Band and is an assistant student teacher with the Saline Twirlettes. She is the current Junior Miss Majorette of Michigan and achieved seven state titles at the state tournament held last month at Saline High School.
Other extra-curricular activities include serving as Miss Spirit of the State Outstanding Teen. She will compete in the Miss Michigan Outstanding Teen Competition in Muskegon next June, an affiliate of the Miss America program. This past June, she was 3rd Runner-Up and Preliminary Talent Winner. Coy is the youngest member of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America State Board as its Secretary. As youth spokesperson, she has spoken with 5,000 youth across Michigan, providing asthma education. She also has raised more than $10,000 for the non-profit and was its 2015 Volunteer of the Year. She has coped with asthma all her life as an athlete and enjoys sharing her own personal story.
Coy has been a Saline Exchange Student to Marseille, France and is Secretary of the SHS French Club. This past school year she served as assistant to the SMS French Exchange program, helped as a tutor and received the SHS Sophomore World Language Department Award in French. Coy is a member of the SHS National Honor Society; Symphonic Band; Student Council and was Co-Chair of this year’s Homecoming; a 13-year member of Dance Alliance and a 2016 Girl of Merit for Michigan. She also has earned a Bronze International Duke of Edinburg’s Award for Public Service. She is being considered for a U.S. Youth Congressional Medal in Public Service.