(Dayton, Wyo.) — Deep-rooted trees grow the strongest branches. Because of that, Tongue River High School junior Kiley Carroll wants to see the world. "It sounds cheesy, but I have such strong roots in Wyoming and such a great support system—I need to get out and develop those wings to push myself, to learn to make our community better by leaving," Carroll told Dally on a recent sunny April morning in Dayton. And so, she will join an elite group of U.S. high school juniors in the Student Diplomacy Corps
, and will spend a month in Spain. Her
journey will begin in Madrid, and she will be among a group of city and
"rural" kids, mixed together to experience the Spanish culture.
"The organizers have kind of said that the city kids will lead in Madrid,
but when we get to the agricultural stuff, to the more rural areas, that is
where we will take the lead," Carroll said.
Carroll is a fourth-generation Wyomingite, excited for her program: "Spain:
The Importance of Being Basque," where she will learn about the "rich local
culture and people who have a deep respect for the nature that nourishes
their lives and livelihoods," according to the SDC.
The application process was tough. Only 160 students from across the
country were accepted into the summer program, and applying was a
months-long undertaking that involved in-person interviews with the SDC
To raise funding for the trip, much of which is paid for by the SDC, Kiley
and fellow TRHS juniors Ian Ostler and Anya Wobig—three Wyoming students
who made it into the elite SDC, which takes only around 160 students each
year—are fundraising and doing raffle sales.
The students have to raise around $2,000 each, and have donations from many
local businesses to raffle.
All three have been collecting donations and raffle prizes from the
Sheridan WYO Rodeo, the Paint Post, MC Picture Company, Catering for a
Cause, Ruby Rays, Surf Wyoming and Jesse Messerle at Level 3 Salon.
To buy a raffle ticket, donate or contact the students, message Dally to
get in touch with the students.