Anna Joy left America in 1993 at 9-months-old to go with her parents, David and Shirley Diepenbrock, to Papua New Guinea to be missionaries. She has grown up in multi-cultural settings learning how to adjust and enjoy whatever situation she was in.

Now, 18 years later, she graduated with high honors from Numonohi Christian Academy in Eastern Highland Province on June 1.

Anna enjoyed serving on the student council for three years. Her senior year, she interned in a medical clinic for a year as part of a work-study program and served as class secretary. She was a leader in a discipleship program for fourth-sixth grades and participated in softball, basketball and volleyball. She graduated with high honors as second in her class.

The Christian Youth in Action program in Livermore Falls is a ministry Anna has enjoyed for two years, working with Child Evangelism Fellowship this summer at 5 Day Camp. Starting in August she will be attending College of the Ozarks in Missouri.

Anna has two siblings, Tristan and Caitlin, and she is the granddaughter of Patricia Higgins and the late Milton Higgins, Sr. of Belmont.