Millennium High School student Andrea Amavisca traveled to Washington, D.C., this summer to participate in Girls Nation.

Millennium High School student Andrea Amavisca describes her lifestyle as boring. She is anything but dull.

Passionate about helping others, she attended Girls Nation, an annual civic training program run by the American Legion Auxiliary; and the Key Club International Convention in San Antonio. The latter is a student-led organization whose goal is to encourage leadership through serving others.

“I had a busy summer,” said Amavisca, 17, with a laugh.

She was one of two Arizona students who participated in Girls Nation, a step higher than Girls State, in Washington, D.C. Students learn about government.

“I participated in Girls State and I just decided to run for the position of Girls Nation senator,” said Amavisca, who wants to attend ASU. “I literally couldn’t believe it when I ran. It was one of the most exciting things ever. They flew me out and they drove me to the convention center. It was a lot of fun. I met a lot of people.

“It’s amazing. That really inspired me to minor in political science. I want to major in environmental science. I want to work at a city level and then minor in political science. That’s because of Girls State and Girls Nation.”

Amavisca is also into dance, and she’s the National Honor Society Chapter president. In Key Club, she served as lieutenant governor in the Estrella Division.

“I won an international award in San Antonio for my term,” she said. “It was the Robert S. Lucas Award, which is presented to outstanding lieutenant governors.”

She described Key Club as a volunteer community service and leadership organization. The group hosts service projects and fundraisers for organizations that Key Club partners with internationally like UNICEF, Children’s Miracle Network and the March of Dimes.

“She’s a gifted learner since she was very young,” said her mother, Adriana. “She learns quickly. She’s gifted in the oral and verbal areas. I’m a teacher and I got my gifted endorsement to be able to serve my students and understand the way she learns.

“She’s very curious and very passionate. She’s very persuasive and argumentative, too.”