Amanda Howell has numerous high school accomplishments, including participating in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine at Emory University and the Kentucky Governor’s Scholar Program.
But her most meaningful experience comes from her childhood.
“I was able to visit Jamaica when I was younger,” she wrote. “Seeing the poverty and the daily struggles of other people was very impactful and vividly stays in my memories today.”
So Howell works to better the lives of people in her community by volunteering with Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children, Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center, American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and March of Dimes, among others.
She is also a varsity girls basketball player, track and field team member and pep club president, none of which interfere with her 4.0 grade-point average.
After much debate, Howell, daughter of Kerry and Sharon Howell, decided to attend Sewanee University in Tennessee this fall, though she’s still undecided about her major.
The university is about a four-hour drive from Howell’s Boyle County home, but she said she’s excited to make the move.
“I’m kind of ready to get out and see what else is out there,” she said.