Amanda graduated from Central High School in Woodstock, Virginia in June of 2011. That summer she attended the 2011 National Youth Science Camp as a delegate for Virginia. In the fall of 2011, she enrolled in a semester in the Rockies for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). She camped, hiked, climbed, and skied in the Wind River Range in Wyoming, the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, Red Rock National Conservatory in Nevada, and the Absoraka Range in Wyoming. During this semester, Amanda not only learned outdoor skills and developed her leadership style; she also persevered in harsh environments while interacting with others in a positive manner. In December of 2011, she graduated with honors from NOLS, achieving all A’s during her experience. In the spring of 2012, after moving to Florida with her family, Amanda picked up the sport of rowing. She quickly picked up the technique and was soon paired with a partner. Amanda and her partner competed at several rowing regattas before competing at the Florida State Competition, coming 6th in the State after only rowing together for four months. Amanda continued her ten-year equestrian career this spring and plans to carry it with her into her college years, competing at the collegiate level. In the fall of 2012, Amanda will attend the University of Miami.