Buford junior selected for environmental summit in Washington, D.C.

     Buford High junior Benjamin Caskey has been selected to serve as a National Youth Delegate at the 2013 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment in Washington, D.C.
     “Ben is an outstanding student who will certainly make the most of the opportunities the summit offers,” assistant principal Joann Garris said. “We look forward to Ben coming back next year and using what he learns at the summit to make our school and community better.”
     To be chosen, students must be in good academic standing, with a minimum 3.5 GPA, must have a demonstrated interest in environmental conservation and must be willing to represent their school and state as a National Youth Delegate.
     Benjamin will spend the week getting behind-the-scenes insights into the world of environmental science. He’ll take part in environmental experiments, attend guest lectures and network with leaders in the conservation and science community.
     In addition to studying environmental science, students visit sites in Washington D.C., including the Smithsonian National Zoo, the National Aquarium, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the National Geographic Society World Headquarters. Students will also meet with members of Congress, lunch on Capitol Hill, tour the Capitol and tour the Washington monuments.
     The summit is held on the George Mason University campus June 23-28, and delegates stay in the university’s dorms.