POTTSTOWN PA – While the summer sun shines brightly upon western Montgomery County during late June, Pottsgrove High School student and Stowe resident Katelin Gladback is anticipated to be 159 miles to the southwest, filling a select role as one of Pennsylvania’s delegates to the 2014 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment at George Mason University.
Gladback is one of only 250 students from across the country who will participate in the summit, a week-long and intensive study of leadership in environmental science and conservation, according to university spokesman and summit Director Richard Friesner. She was chosen because of her “academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in leadership in the sciences and conservation studies,” he said.
The conference and its related activities will be held June 22-27 (2014; Sunday through Friday). The program is open only to qualified high school sophomores and juniors, and most applicants were nominated by a teacher, summit documents indicate.
The summit reportedly features a Who’s Who of those involved in environmental issues. The university partners with the National Geographic Society and the Smithsonian’s National Zoo to present distinguished faculty members, guest speakers and Capital Region experts to those in attendance.
Its goal, Friesner said, is to offer “aspiring environmentalists and student leaders an unparalleled experience” on the university’s state-of-the-art campus. Delegates gain an insider look at environmental science, policy and conservation issues, and with it sponsors hope to “encourage and inspire young leaders … in this dynamic industry.”