Ashlyn O'Neill, of Stewartstown, Pennsylvania, is a member of the 2020-2021 American Battlefield Trust Youth Leadership Team.
Ashlyn is a student at York Catholic High School and is working to engage the youth who come to visit Gettysburg and find themselves not understanding the importance of the site they are at. She hopes to create an official Gettysburg battlefield scavenger hunt. The goal of this scavenger hunt is to add an element of fun to the process of learning the history of a place with the importance and value of Gettysburg in order to inspire these young people to carry on conservation efforts.
“Throughout my life, the history of our nation has been a high point of interest for me. When studying the U.S. it is impossible to ignore the importance of the wars that helped to shape our Great Nation. From the American Revolution to the Civil War the battlefields that played host to these wars stand alone in history. They have unique value and meaning to the American people.”—Ashlyn O'Neill