Saltillo teen honored by state House



By Bobby Harrison

Daily Journal Jackson Bureau

JACKSON – Annabelle Bunch, a Saltillo resident and Itawamba Agricultural High School student, has been recognized by the Mississippi House for her selection to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Children’s Congress.

The House passed a resolution to honor the 15-year-old sophomore.

Bunch, who was diagnosed at age 4 with diabetes, was the only Mississippian selected to serve on the 150-member panel. More than 1,300 youth from across the country applied for the Congress.

In her position, she will travel to Washington, D.C., this summer “where she will develop leadership skills, meet with Congressional leadership and will be empowered to use her voice for a change that will improve not only her life but also the lives of millions of people who live with Type 1 Diabetes.”

At Itawamba AHS, Bunch plays softball and is a cheerleader. She also has raised money and spoken on behalf of research on a cure for diabetes.

Bunch is the daughter of Will Bunch, who is a counselor at Itawamba Community College, and Jan Bunch, who is an administrator at the two-year Fulton-based college.

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