(Dayton, Wyo.) — For Anya Wobig, the Student Diplomacy Corps
is just the beginning.
She says she is extremely grateful to have been accepted into the
program—and obviously put forth time and dedication to make it happen—but
her future is bright, and hopefully full of travel.
"I've grown up in Wyoming and for the most part, have never had the
opportunity to experience living in another place. That was one of the
biggest inspirations in taking part in this journey," Anya, a junior at
Tongue River High School told Dally.
Anya said she has always been very in touch with her heritage, but has also
loved to explore other cultures.
"Most of my childhood was spent in the mountains with my father and reading
books with my mother. With this upbringing, I decided that I wanted to
dedicate my time to learning about various types of cultures and places,"
When she heard about the SDC, she jumped on the chance to participate.
This June, Wobig will head to Mexico in a program called "Mexico: On a Taco
a Day – Cuisine, Cultures and Geography."
She will be visiting three locations: Mexico City, the Yucatan peninsula,
and Chiapas. Each visit is dedicated to learning about local life, Mayan
culture, as well as the fallen cities of Maya people.
"While there, I will also be staying with a local family in a rural
village. This will give me the opportunity to learn about the
responsibilities of young adults in a family scenario. I will also learn to
make traditional cuisine and observe the roles of a Mexican family," Anya
She will also spend a good part of the trip focused on anthropological
studies, with a light briefing in archeology.
"It is in this way that this particular trip is a synopsis of all my
passions," Anya says.
Anya hopes to attend Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, taking on
a double major in Sociology and Anthropology, as well as a minor in
Archeology. She would also love to participate in the World Race Program or
serve a two-year term with the Peace Corps.
The SDC 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, Wobig
and fellow TRHS juniors Ian Ostler and Kiley Carroll—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. See feature profiles on Ian Ostler
and Kiley Carroll
*Feature photo h/t Anya Wobig / Pitchengine Communities*