Mountain View High School GSA President named one of Idaho’s top youth volunteers

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17-year-old Abigail Blue, a senior at Mountain View High School, has been named one of Idaho’s top two youth volunteers of 2013 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

According to a press release, “Abigail took a leadership class sponsored by Planned Parenthood and began volunteering for the organization. She answered phones, recorded data, staffed fair booths and helped with advertising. Soon after, she started doing office and community outreach work with Allies Linked for the Prevention of HIV and AIDS. When she learned about the Gay-Straight Alliance, an anti-bullying group, she helped organize a chapter at her school and is now president. Recently, Abigail worked with students from other schools and the Idaho Safe Schools Coalition to bring more than 200 LGBT youth together from all over Idaho for a night of games, activities and mutual support. She also helped make an anti-bullying video and assisted with a writing workshop that encouraged LGBT students to share their life experiences.”

She was nominated for the award by Mountain View High School. She will receive a $1,000 award, a medallion and a trip to Washington D.C. for the achievement.

“I was raised by a mother who taught me my voice counts, and to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,” Abigail says in the release. So when she saw how some of her LGBT friends at school were often bullied, “I wanted to do something to help my community achieve acceptance,” she said.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

She and the other Idaho finalist, 12-year-old Katie Skarpnes, of Caldwell, will travel to Washington D.C. in early May.

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3 Responses to Mountain View High School GSA President named one of Idaho’s top youth volunteers

  1. Anon says:

    This girl is not the person every one makes her out to be. First of all, she did not have anything to do with starting the GSA at Mountain View and the first year the club was up and running, she did not even attend a meeting. Although she was repeatedly invited. She took the presidency because the actual voted president moved to another town. As far as the Youth Night planning, we had two months of meeting and she only showed for two of them. Also she repeatedly told a straight ally student that he was not allowed to attend the Gay-STRAIGHT Alliance meetings. She is also consistently rude to other students who do not identify as part of the LGBT community. Abigail Blue is receiving this award because she took credit for things she has had little to nothing to do with.

    • Sage R says:

      Interesting viewpoint Anon, especially as I witnessed some of the conversations she had with advocates about getting such an organization set up at Mountain View, as well as reviewing what paperwork was going to be required to set the group up. She was not the only person that created it but she was a driving force behind it. Also I have witnessed her volunteering in these and many other organizations since she was eleven years old, from college campus work to church gardens to public library assistance to LGBT rights rallies and more, all of these beyond the items listed in this article. She earned this award because she has done a massive amount of volunteering to try to better her community, because she enjoys helping others. She is not a perfect person but she is far from the person you are painting her to be.Try not belittling someone else’s accomplishments for lack of your own.

      • Michelle says:

        Sage, well said.
        Anon, weather or not what you claim to be true is true, your comments do not put YOU in a positive light. It’s misguided. If you’d like to take something away from Ms Blue, this is not the forum for you to take your personal vendettas!

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