North Hardin High School junior ViAsia Bramblett already has started a path toward a political career.
Bramblett, 16, of Radcliff is involved in Kentucky United Nations Assembly and Kentucky Youth Assembly, garnering awards from both organizations.
“KUNA and KYA are both KYYMCA organizations which bring together students from around the state to learn about issues on state and global stance,” Bramblett said.
She is president of the Y-Club at North Hardin. The Y-Club is a YMCA club in the schools that feed into KUNA and KYA.
“KYA is mock government conference focusing on the state issues which bills try to resolve the issue by suggesting a law to be enacted into government,” she said.
Bramblett became involved with KYA when she ran for office her freshman year. She didn’t win but she spoke on several bills.
“Last year at KYA, I was a bill sponsor where I wrote on an act to require documentation of foster funds for reimbursement,” she said.
The bill passed the mock government house and senate and was signed into law at the conference. It also received the Outstanding Bluegrass bill award gaining an invitation to the Conference of National Affairs, otherwise known as the National Conference for Mock Government, Bramblett said.
“This past year at KYA, I received an Outstanding Delegate award for dedication to my chapter,” she said.
Bramblett said KUNA is a mock United Nations Association.
“This conference has impacted me the most as I had to represent a country’s issue and get other countries to allow the resolution to the problem to be enacted,” she said. “Besides the debate portion on possible resolutions to global problems, it shows appreciation to the countries that are a part of the UN’s heritage and customs.”
At the event Bramblett was awarded the Outstanding Ambassador award and the school won the Conference Life Award for being the “heart, soul and spirit” of the conference, she said.
With YMCA Bramblett will participate in a 10-day trip this summer to complete community service throughout the southern region of the United States.
Her mock government experience feeds into what Bramblett plans to do in the future, she said. After graduation, she wants to major in political science with a minor in international affairs in hopes to become a political leader or civil rights lawyer.
“ViAsia is a go-getter,” teacher Brandi Elmore-Geisert said. “She likes to laugh and can be a jokester, but she is the first one to make a to-do list and motivate others to get involved.”
Bramblett’s involvement in Y-Club increased membership and opened doors for communication with other chapters in the state, she said.
“She is very driven and passionate about making an impact on the world,” Elmore-Geisert said.
Bramblett also has been active in bringing a DECA chapter to North Hardin and is in the planning stages with other officers for membership drives and outreach opportunities for next year, Elmore-Geisert said.
“I have no doubt that ViAsia is going to be a world changer,” she said. “She has spoken with me at length about her plans for her future, including international travel and charity events — she will be great at both.”
DECA, Bramblett said, is a business-oriented club that focuses on marketing, finance, business management and hospitality/tourism. She is vice president of the club.
“At the DECA state competition, I placed fourth place in the Career Cluster Exam for Marketing,” she said. “This club has enhanced my knowledge of business and helped me pass my ASK certification to be career ready in my pathway.”
Bramblett also is a part of the Early College and Career Center. This allows her to take dual-credit college courses as a junior and senior to earn an associate in arts degree.
“I’ve learned that college is completely different from high school as you are no longer babied about your assignments and grade,” she said. “Being a part of the program has furthered my education with challenging classes, friendships and life skills.”
Along with her achievements in high school organizations, Bramblett has been in Girl Scouts since seventh grade.
She first joined to be with her friends, but the next year, all her friends dropped out. Bramblett continued because she thought it was important to empower young girls.
“I’ve earned my silver award in Girl Scouts through my work in cleaning my environment by cleaning my troops adopt-a-highway project at least once a year and planting a tree near our Girl Scout meeting place,” she said. “In my five years in Girls Scouts, I’ve learned several things ranging from financial management to healthy living habits.”
But the lesson of sisterhood sticks out the most.
“When I completed my journey called Mission: Sisterhood, I explored the issues women and girls face with challenges such as no education, no voice or no rights in various countries,” she said. “Although, I became more aware of the circumstances of women in different countries, I also understood who I am as individual and the connections made with other women are essential to making networks.”
At school, Bramblett operates the graphics and music for home volleyball and basketball games and volunteers at Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland.
She’s also learned the importance of giving back to the community. She’s involved in FamileeTies, started by her brother, Jordan Bramblett, who does community events like a football development camp, basketball camp and college prep sessions.
“Helping with my brother’s events shows me that taking something you’re passionate about and giving back to the community helps you excel,” she said. “Participation in the events has made me want to expand my community service to leave a mark before I take off for college after I graduate next year.”