Our lovely Victoria was born on April 1, 1992 in Pensacola to Patricia and David Glass, CAPT USNR (Ret.), and devoted big sister Lauren Glass. Victoria was a truly exceptional young woman, who was gracious and generous. As a child she was vivacious and never took "no" for an answer. She was always described as a "free-spirit." Victoria attended St. Paul Catholic School where she received the Jenna Jacob Excellence Award and received the coveted Silver Award through Girl Scouts. Victoria was a bright ray of sunshine with a flair for art and serious talent in photography. She loved playing piano and dancing, where she won awards in both areas.
Through high school Victoria was known for her infectious smile. She graduated from the International Baccalaureate Program at Pensacola High School in 2010. Victoria shifted her focus to service during those years. She was a member of Chain Reaction, a student volunteer group. She was selected to be part of the group's leadership council during its founding years. After serving on the council, Victoria was qualified to be a member of local community boards. She was a Corps Commander and integral member of AFJROTC. Victoria was an active member of Pensacola High Student Key Club, achieving the rank of District 1 Lieutenant Governor. In the Key Club Oratory Contest in Orlando, which was comprised of Florida and Puerto Rico Key Club members, she won third place. Victoria spent countless hours achieving success through Kiwanis. Victoria was selected to attend the Girls State where she was chosen from a group of 200 girls to receive the Amelia Reese Friendship Award. She attended Space Camp in Huntsville, AL the same summer on the Emily Purves Scholarship. Victoria was chosen to participate in the Naval Academy Summer Seminar after her junior year. Victoria was an active member of the Post Polio Association in Pensacola and produced a movie called "Triumph and Tragedy," for which she was awarded first place in Pensacola High School's History Fair. She then competed in the State History Fair in Orlando. Her movie is now in the annals of the Post Polio Association's educational materials. The mark she left throughout Pensacola, Fl serving others during her high school years in incredible.
In addition to numerous volunteer activities, Victoria worked at the National Museum of Naval Aviation. She began a long relationship with the National Flight Academy as a crew leader in high school; by founding the Teen Shadow Board, which served as the "young adults" voice of the National Flight Academy that reached out to high school students as far away as Orlando; and, by becoming a staff member that provided technical services and acted as a role model for high school students. Victoria received a Congressional nomination to the U.S. Air Force Academy. She was awarded a full Naval ROTC scholarship at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Victoria was a member of the Marine fitness group Semper Fi at the University of West Florida. Most recently, Victoria worked as a library assistant while attending the University of West Florida. She planned to return to the University of North Florida to study chemistry and participate in NROTC as a midshipman. She dreamed of joining NASA.
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