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Winfield High student at Nat’l Federation of Families Conference

Nov. 25, 2012 @ 06:51 PM

WINFIELD — Shelby Wilmoth, a junior at Winfield High School, was selected as one of three Putnam County students to attend the Federation of Families Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., Nov. 15-18, according to a news release.

Wilmoth was chosen as a result of her involvement in the Youth MOVE Program in conjunction with Legal Aid of WV.  Candidates were required to write an essay explaining why they would like to attend the conference and how they and their community could benefit from the conference.

The Youth MOVE WV Program (Motivating Others through Voice of Experience) is a collective team that works to assist and empower youth and families around the state to create positive change. Youth M.O.V.E. National is a youth-led national organization devoted to improving services and systems that support positive growth and development by uniting the voices of individuals who have living experience in various systems including mental health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare.

Wilmoth is an honor student at WHS, former class president, vice-president and is currently the president of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions). Her future plans are to study education or occupational therapy. She is a lifelong member of Cross Lanes Baptist Church, a Teen Board Member for Barbie’s Formal’s and is currently employed part time at Elder-Beerman.  

The Wilmoth family has been involved in foster care through WV Children’s Home Society,from where they recently adopted two children who were placed with them. Shelby Wilmoth’s older sister, Kaytlin, a former graduate of WHS and West Liberty University, accompanied her to the conference. Kaytlin Wilmoth is a dental hygienist with Teays Valley Pediatric Dentistry in Teays Valley.