2009 Terrific Teen: Karina Anderson

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Karina Anderson cares about community and helping others. She has dedicated her time and effort to countless worthy causes, and her desire to serve was instilled at an early age as she watched her mother make time for helping others while balancing a career and a family. Karina says her mom is her inspiration. “Everything that I do, she has been a part of.”

Karina has volunteered with her church’s vacation Bible school program and with the Walk 4 Diabetes, preparing bags for walkers and passing out water along the route. She also assisted with the 2008 presidential election, contributing to the election process by canvassing neighborhoods and volunteering in a phone bank. Karina plans to participate in an African mission trip next year; she was inspired during a previous church mission trip to Tijuana, Mexico. Her family joined a new church when Karina was in middle school, and her desire to serve others has grown tremendously.

The daughter of Keith and Kim Anderson, Karina has an impressive list of service projects. Through Girl Scout Troop 350, she served as a Big Sister mentor to girls in Troop 336 for six years and worked as a counselor-in-training at Camp Golden Valley in 2009. “This year she will be working on her Gold project, the highest award in Girl Scouts, which will require well over 100 hours of community service,” says Natalie Kirkpatrick, Itinerant Coordinating Teacher of the South Learning Community Achievement Zone. Karina already has completed the prerequisites for the project, which has as its focus the teaching of diversity through cultural differences.

Additionally, Karina will complete 150 hours of community service as part of her school’s International Baccalaureate program. Karina maintains an impressive class ranking and has been nominated for the National Honor Society; she plans to major in international business in college and pursue a career in corporate law. “I enjoy debate at school,” Karina says. “It’s one of the things I’m passionate about.”