Creating a Sense of Community Throughout The Appalachian Highlands

The Future Of Our Region Shines Through These Up And Coming Local Young Ladies

Erin Sullivan

When you look at Erin Sullivan’s accomplishments, it’s hard to believe that she is only a high school senior. At Abingdon High School, in addition to being on the ‘All A’ honor roll since 2004, a class officer every year she has been at Abingdon High, and many other leadership roles, Erin is heavily involved in the Technology Student Association. She was two-time Virginia TSA Secretary, Virginia TSA President, and is currently serving as National TSA Secretary. She has also been involved in Bristol Youth Leadership (BYL), and is currently involved in the alumni program for BYL. Because of her involvement in BYL, she started volunteering at the Bristol YWCA. There, she had the opportunity to work with the TechGYRLS, a group of underprivileged elementary and middle school-aged girls. She also volunteers at her church.

However, the reason we all need to keep our eyes on this driven young lady is her interest in politics. “I love politics,” says Erin. “As a high school freshman, I worked in the Virginia Senate for 9 weeks as a Senate Page. I got to live in a hotel in Richmond and was paid to live out my dream: to work with legislators every day. Because of this program, I have developed close relations with many Senators and Delegates from all areas of Virginia.”

Most recently, Erin was selected as one of two students to represent the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States Senate Youth Program. In March of 2017, she will spend a week in Washington, D.C., living yet another dream of hers. She will most likely be able to meet Senators, Supreme Court Justices, and maybe even the President of the United States. To top everything off, the award comes with a $10,000 scholarship.

For her next step, Erin plans on attending the University of Alabama, where she was offered a full-tuition academic scholarship. She plans on double-majoring in Chemistry and Political Science and wants to go into politics after she finishes medical school. She wants to become a medical examiner and work her way up the political ladder. Her plans for the future include becoming Governor of the state where she decides to settle down, becoming a United States Senator, and ultimately President of the United States. “2036 is the first Presidential Election I can be on the ticket, so watch out for me in 20 years!” says Erin.

Erin’s greatest role models are her parents. They taught her how to become a strong independent woman who believes she can accomplish anything. Other than her parents, Dr. Ben Carson is also one of her role models. She is always amazed that such an incredible man came from such a challenging upbringing, and his story has shown her that determination will pay off. One thing is for sure, with her ambitious plans for the future, the sky is the limit for Erin Sullivan!

Sarah Peters

When asked for a recommendation for a young woman in the Kingsport area as a Future Power Woman, Vanessa Bennett thought of Sarah Peters. Vanessa leads the leadership programs at the Kingsport Chamber and first met Sarah when she wanted to participate in the ONEKingsport Summit in 2016. The purpose of the ONEKingsport Summit was to create a five-year roadmap to become a vibrant 24/7 city. Sarah quickly engaged in the entrepreneurship efforts and was eager to learn more about our City.

Later in the year, Sarah was selected to participate in the 2016 class of the S.H.O.U.T.!® (Students Helping Others Understand Tomorrow) Youth Leadership program. Vanessa Bennett stated, “I was so inspired by Sarah and the way she participated and led with this group of new acquaintances. Students participate in the program from different local high schools. Sarah led by example.”

In addition to participating in S.H.O.U.T.!®, Sarah takes AP classes at Dobyns-Bennett High School where she is active in the Student Council, Beta Club, Environmental Club and FCA. Dance is also a big part of Sarah’s life. She is a Spirit Shaker at DB and has taken dance and dances competitively since she was 5 years old.

Sarah also gives back to the community by volunteering for such agencies as the YMCA and the Second Harvest Food Bank. This summer, she will be interning for the Kingsport Chamber and participating in the newly developed Mayor’s Youth Council.

We look forward to seeing what the future holds for Sarah. Her favorite quote is a great example of true character for this Future Power Woman…

“It’s nice to be important but it’s more important to be nice.”

– John Templeton

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