By Laura Burkey
Director of Development
Too busy is not in Wyntre Grove’s vocabulary.
“If you care enough about something with enough passion, you can do anything,” the York Country Day School rising ninth-grader said.
With more than 200 community service hours, Wyntre knows a thing or two about impacting the lives of others. Her top priority is to help end bullying, while she also focuses on advocating for the protection of wild horses and supporting those affected by brain tumors.
On July 24, Wyntre accepted the inaugural Twenty Under 20 Award from Central Penn Parent. Alongside 19 other winners, Wyntre was recognized for her commitment to excellence, service, and leadership in Central Pennsylvania.
“I was shocked,” Wyntre said, after hearing that she was a finalist and winner. “It was totally unexpected, and I feel so blessed.”
Before joining the YCDS community, Wyntre battled a benign brain tumor and suffered from problems with her pituitary gland, which left her weak and unable to attend school. However, she continued her education through homeschooling.
“I slowly, slowly started getting better, and that’s when I knew I wanted to make a big impact for people,” Wyntre said. “Sitting at home in self-pity, I knew wasn’t going to do anything.”
This summer, Wyntre was crowned Miss Pennsylvania High School America, which she added to her collection of her other titles. She elected to begin pageantry at 9 years old to overcome shyness, to gain public-speaking skills, and to find a community that values leadership and service.
“I suffered from horrible anxiety when I was younger. I realized that, for me, if I start big, then everything else seems small,” Wyntre said of joining pageantry and speaking in front of hundreds of people.
“The No. 1 benefits have been opening opportunities and learning how to speak to many different people from children to adults.”