How has your life been touched by adoption? Is there a person who stands out as the “star” in your adoption story? C.A.S.E. invites YOU to share a story about your star of adoption for an opportunity to be featured on our website and Facebook page. Submit your story (200 words or less) and an optional photograph to Ellen Singer.
Below is a heartwarming story about a Star of Adoption that deserves recognition.
Anna was adopted from Russia in 2005 at age 8, along with her older brother. She is a senior at St. Vincent Pallotti High School in Laurel, a member of the National Honor Society, and a member of the Catholic Apostolate Union Leadership Team. Key areas of Anna’s leadership and accomplishment have been in athletics, community service, and music. Two of her four varsity years in soccer were as a team captain. She was twice selected to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland’s All-Conference Soccer Team, and chosen by her coach as Most Valuable Player for 2013.
Anna has largely focused her 300 plus hours of community service to hunger and other special needs outreach, and to serving as toddler class Sunday School teacher at her church. As co-leader for her school’s hunger campaign to serve Washington D.C., she recently accepted, on the school’s behalf, the J.S. Mulholland Family Foundation’s award for the school’s top contribution. As clarinetist for her high school band, Anna’s many accomplishments included top honors in the county’s Secondary Solo and Ensemble Festival, and invited performance in the Catholic University of America’s High School Honor Band.
Anna’s future plans are to attend Anne Arundel Community College where she has signed a Letter of Intent for the women’s soccer team and to later transfer to the University of Maryland for a business degree.