For most high school seniors, their time is filled with classes, sports, college applications, and socializing and hanging out with friends as they count down the days to graduation. This is true for Genesee senior Virginia Monk, although she also adds volunteering and youth advocacy, church youth group, Girls State, 4-H, FFA, choir, and winning the Genesee Distinguished Young Women title to that list. That impressive number of activities may seem overwhelming, but Virginia thrives on staying busy. “I don’t know what to do with myself when I’m not doing everything,” she says.
Growing up in the small town of Genesee has been wonderful for Virginia and allowed her pursue a wide range of interests. She appreciates the love and support she and others receive from their tight-knit community. "It feels like the whole town comes out for our games," she says. “I don’t take for granted how blessed I am to live here.”
“I don’t take for granted how blessed I am to live here.”
A three-sport athlete, Virginia spends her after-school hours on the volleyball court, the basketball court, or out on the track. The recent volleyball season was a successful one and Genesee earned honors as league co-champions, making it to the state tournament. Through it all, Virginia made sure to appreciate the moment. “I realized just how special this last season was for me,” she says.
Developing leadership skills and serving her school and community are important to Virginia. Through her involvement in 4-H, Virginia has twice had the opportunity to visit Washington D.C.; once as a part of the program Citizen Washington Focus and again in January to witness the Presidential Inauguration. "These trips inspired me to want to travel more and see the world," she says. As a member of the Latah County Youth Advocacy Council and Idaho Drug Free Youth, Virginia serves as a mentor and role model to the younger students in the area, speaking to groups, and practicing a healthy and drug-free lifestyle. Last summer at Girls State, a leadership conference held annually in Boise, Virginia was elected Lieutenant Governor by her peers and had the opportunity to meet Idaho's Lieutenant Governor, Brad Little.
As an FFA chapter officer and district president, Virginia makes it a point to stay close to her agricultural roots. She shows sheep and swine at the local fair and also participates in livestock judging and parliamentary procedure. While her interests vary widely, she keeps coming back to her love of agriculture as she makes her future plans. After graduation, she thinks she’ll attend nearby University of Idaho and study agriculture education. No matter the path she chooses, Virginia is sure to succeed and stay very, very busy.♦