Thursday, February 2, 2012

Bridgette Wellslager has been Chosen to Attend the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment

Irmo, South Carolina -- Bridgette Wellslager, a student at Dutch Fork High School has been selected to represent South Carolina as a National Youth Delegate to the 2012 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment at George Mason University.

Bridgette joins a select group of only 250 students from all over the country honored with the opportunity for an intensive study of leadership in environmental science and conservation.  Wellslager was chosen based on academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in leadership in the sciences and conservation studies.

George Mason University along with partners, the National Geographic Society and the National Zoo will host the nation’s leading youth scholars from June 22-29, 2012.   With distinguished faculty, guest speakers, and direct access to elite D.C. practitioners, The Washington Youth Summit on the Environment offers scholars and student leaders an unparalleled experience.  The week long program, held at George Mason University’s state-of-the-art campus, will encourage and inspire young leaders from across the country who desire a unique experience focused on successful careers in this dynamic and important field.

About George Mason University

Named the #1 national university to watch in the 2009 rankings of U.S.
News & World Report, George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country. Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university.

About the 2012 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment

The Washington Youth Summit on the Environment (WYSE) is a unique student leadership conference designed to develop and encourage future leaders in the important field of environmental studies and conservation in the 21st century.  The Advisory Board, is chaired by Mark Bauman, Executive Vice President of National Geographic Television and co-chaired by Joe Sacco, Educational Director for the National Zoo.  Additional members include world renowned scholars, distinguished scientists and award winning university faculty, such as Dr. Tom Lovejoy, noted environmentalist and former executive vice president of the World Wildlife Fund.  Delegates gain an insider look at environmental science, policy and conservation issues.  Distinguished past speakers include Inés R. Triay, Ph.D., Assistant Secretary of Energy for Environmental Management (appointed by the President) and Dr. Marcia McNutt, Director of the US Geological Survey.  For more information visit us online at

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