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By Marc Lutz
Wrangell Sentinel 

Senior's project will find funds to benefit St. Frances Animal Shelter


February 1, 2023

Courtesy of Rylee Chelette

Rylee Chelette holds up a halibut after a day of fishing. When her family moved to Wrangell and bought a boat, the high school senior knew she wanted to specialize in marine life as a veterinarian.

"I have always had a passion for animals," said senior Rylee Chelette. "When I was younger, I had cats, I had dogs, I had fish and I had hermit crabs I loved to play with. And I begged my mom to let me have goats, but she didn't fall for it."

That love of all creatures great and small led Chelette to volunteer her efforts at the St. Frances Animal Shelter for her high school senior project. Not only will she be volunteering her time to care for the animals where possible, she will be putting her grant writing skills to use.

Last year, then-principal Bob Davis had Chelette take the newly for...

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