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Kentucky Secretary of State names Craft Academy student Jillian Wallshield Commonwealth Ambassador

Jillian Wallshield of Jefferson County, a junior at the Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics, was recently named a Commonwealth Ambassador by Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams.   

The Commonwealth Ambassador Award is presented to anyone who demonstrates exceptional character and citizenship through contributions to the community, Kentucky or nation.  

The award recognizes citizens for their involvement in their government and communities.   

Adams was a recent guest speaker at the Academy, where Wallshield had the opportunity to ask Adams about how congressional districts are mapped.   

"I was lucky enough to be able to ask him about gerrymandering and how the 2020 census data would be used to map out election districts in Kentucky after his speech. After the event ended, Secretary Adams approached me and thanked me for my question, then asked me for my contact information," Wallshield said. "A few days later, I received a certificate in the mail that let me know that the secretary of state had personally nominated me for the Commonwealth Ambassador Award. I am so grateful for Craft Academy's ability to give students networking opportunities like these."  

The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics is a dual-credit academy for academically exceptional Kentucky students. Craft Academy provides students with a postsecondary residential experience to complete their junior and senior high school years by enrolling in college courses. The Craft Academy's purpose is to meet the unique educational needs of academically gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors in the Commonwealth. The academic rigor of the Craft Academy challenges students to excel at their highest level through project-based STEM+X courses and hands-on learning experiences, with emphasis on innovation, design and creativity, and civic and regional engagement.  

To learn more about the Academy, visit, email or call 606-783-2093.