Through Walla Walla High School teacher and mentor recommendations, award-winning students Jasm??n Llanes and Yvonne Segovia were chosen to participate in the 2010 Cascades Climate Challenge. It is sponsored by North Cascades Institute, which operates an Environmental Learning Center in partnership with North Cascades National Park in northwestern Washington State.
The Cascades Climate Challenge aims to turn today's youth into climate change ambassadors for public lands.
Both members of Wa-Hi's Latino Club, Jasm??n and Yvonne were also selected on the basis of local community service and leadership performance, and an essay that focused on climate change, the May 28 Walla Walla Public Schools in Review online publication reported. Recently, both students received Learning for Life Leadership awards for leadership and service to the Walla Walla community.
During the three-week program in July and August in the North Cascades, the pair will be part of a student team studying climate change science in the North Cascades National Park. They will also focus on leadership and the development of presentation skills.
"We are looking forward to attending this program," Jasmn said. "We hope to gain leadership skills while researching and learning about climate change and then, make a difference by raising environmental awareness in our community."
Activities will include hiking to glaciers, canoeing, interviewing scientists and resource managers, and participating in service projects with park personnel. The program is designed to allow students to connect with the park setting and see the effects of climate change up close. They will also design service projects for their own communities to carry out when they return to school this fall.
Yvonne would like to be able to "share our family traditions with others. We hope that our involvement with the Cascades Challenge will add another point of view, just as we will learn about other cultures or views that represent others in the program."
Jasmin , a junior, has been active in Latino Club.
In the fall 2009, she volunteered as a tutor in the Garrison Night School Adult Education Program. She quickly emerged as a leader and provided more than 70 hours of service to the program.
A sophomore, Yvonne has been active in Hispanic Youth Exploring Engineering and Sciences Camp at WSU. She contributed 100-plus hours of community service during the 2008-2009 school year.
For her efforts, she received the President's Volunteer Service Bronze Award for providing sustained community service.
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