2016 Dare-to-Dream Recipient



Amanda Bates

Ms. Bates is the second oldest of a family of eight children. Growing up in Front Royal she was very involved in various volunteer community activities, sports and was president of her class every year from seventh to eleventh grade. She was appointed president of Skyline High School her senior year.

While at LFCC she continued to be involved in student government and sports while holding three to four jobs at a time and remained on the Dean’s list every semester. Amanda now holds the position of co-president of the Warren Wilson College SGA, is a residential assistant, works in the campus archaeology lab, and is a member of the WWC women’s soccer team.

She is currently a Senior at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC declaring a major in Sociology/Anthropology concentrating in Archaeology with a minor in Religious Studies. In May of 2016 she studied abroad in the UK. Her studies abroad revolved around community, work and spirituality at a place known as Corrymeela, an international peacemaking community which primarily focuses on the civil conflict revolving around the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

Upon her return in June of 2016 she attended archaeology field school at the Berry Site, a 450-year-old Native American and Spanish settlement site in Burke County, NC. Her long term goal is to obtain a Masters in film-making with the intention of creating documentaries to better educate others about history and culture unfamiliar to their own experiences in hopes to broaden individual’s worldviews. Her first step towards this next goal is her internship at the Asheville School of Film which she will begin in October of 2016.




Amanda Bates – Dare to Dream Recipient