The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, VirginiaGrade:
Homeschool, Virginia Beach,Profile:
Eliza loves animals — she spends a lot of time at the horse farm where she rides, and hopes to one day pursue a career in equine farm management. She is also the proud owner of a trained therapy pig named Ruthie, who she plans to take to nursing homes and schools. A musician, Eliza plays the cello and violin as well as sings in her church choir. Her favorite sport is volleyball, and she is active on two local teams. Spelling runs in Eliza's family: Her two sisters Rebecca and Caroline have each twice competed in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
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