Holt teen chosen for summer conference in D.C.

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By Beau Hayhoe
Holt Journal staff writer

U.S. Coast Guard Capt. John Caplis addresses the attendees at last year’s Washington Youth Summit on the Environment. Photo courtesy: WSYE.

HOLT — This summer, Holt High School senior Emily Danks will have a different opportunity than most of her classmates.

The Holt, MI, resident recently was selected to participate in the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment, a national environmental policy conference scheduled to be held in Washington, D.C, from June 24-29.

The conference, hosted by George Mason University, brings together high school students from across the country to discuss and learn about environmental problems, policy solutions and career opportunities in the field, said the program’s director, Richard Friesner.

Danks said she was thrilled to accept the invitation.

“I read their acceptance email and my jaw hit the floor,” she said.

Danks added she is most looking forward to learning about environmental conservation and how she might get involved as a young leader at the conference.

“I have always had a love for nature and to be given the chance to attend WYSE … is really amazing,” she said.