July 17, 2015 – Hagåtña, Guam – During a heartfelt resolution presentation, Senator Tina Rose Muña Barnes, Speaker Won Pat, Senator Michael San Nicholas, alongside Agana Heights Mayor Paul M. McDonald recognized the many accomplishments of Keandra Marlaine McDonald at the Guam Legislature Public Hearing Room.
The 16-year old’s many accomplishments span the pacific, from Guam to Bellingham, Washington. She advocates and promotes Chamorro and Guam culture and customs everywhere she goes. One of her most exciting projects was the creation of “Multicultural Week” at Squalicum High School in Bellingham, Washington, which has a majority Caucasian population. She advocates for multicultural awareness as a means to foster peace.
Keandra McDonald has also created many projects to benefit the community. She’s given out scarves to women and children who need a little warmth during the winter months in Bellingham, Washington. She baked five-hundred cookies to raise awareness of cancer in children. She also sold her clothes to benefit those in need. On top of that, she placed fifth as Military Child of the Year for 2012/2013, US Coast Guard.
Keandra McDonald is the granddaughter of Agana Heights Mayor Paul M. McDonald. It’s an understatement to say that Mayor McDonald is proud of his granddaughter. His emotional speech brought the Public Hearing Room to tears.
Keandra McDonald’s work has been recognized in Resolution 131-33 (COR), cosponsored by Tina Rose Muña Barnes, Vice Speaker Benjamin J.F. Cruz, and Senator Frank Blas Jr. She will follow in the footsteps of her other family members who have dedicated their life to servicing the people of Guam and the nation, including her father who has served as a member of the United States Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Air Force Guard.
Keandra McDonald’s accomplishments have been incredible for someone her age, Speaker Judith T. Won Pat and Senator Michael F.Q. San Nicholas were glad that someone her age has been doing this type of work and gaining experience in community service and volunteer work. This work is important for incubating future leaders on island.
“It’s great to see young people like Keandra McDonald whom have taken it upon themselves to promote their culture and advocate for change,” says Senator Tina Rose Muña Barnes.
For more information please contact the Office of Senator Muña Barnes at 472-3455/6.
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