Chinaly Chanvong is determined to change the world through a career in public service.
The SABIS senior who enrolled in the school as a 2nd grader graduates in June and has already jump-started her eff orts to make a difference and drive change. She is currently the co-president of the school’s Model Congress and Model United Nations teams and the president of the Young Democrats Club, experiences that have helped her develop leadership skills and use the strong academic foundation she acquired from SABIS.
Chinaly’s involvement with sports has further developed her leadership skills as have her experiences as a volunteer at Lao American New Generation, Inc., an organization “where first generation Laotian students go and learn more about their culture.”
In addition to the various leadership roles she has had, Chinaly is Executive Director of the local chapter of March for Our Lives, a national movement promoting gun reform created by the survivors of the Parkland shooting. She is determined not to passively wait around for change! “A lot of my work has [focused on] how to make my community better through legislative pushes,” she says.
Chinaly is planning to attend Wesleyan University in the fall. She will do so having already received two important scholarships – the 2019 Coca-Cola Scholarship (she was one of 150 seniors selected out of 95,000 entries nationwide) – and the Lao American New Generation Scholarship.
Chinaly hopes to apply to Wesleyan’s College of Social Studies by her sophomore year. “It is essentially a pre-law track,” says Chinaly, who describes the major as a blend of economics, government, and philosophy.
From there, Chinaly’s plans really take off. “I want to go into public service, whether it be running for Senate or the House of Representatives, or maybe even running for president one day. I want to help give back to my community.”
“A lot of my work has [focused on] how to make my community better through legislative pushes.”