EHS junior selected to take part in national youth environmental summit

ESCANABA – Kelsey Motto, a junior at Escanaba High School, has been selected to represent Michigan as a National Youth Delegate at the 2013 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. The teen will take part in the summit on June 23-28.

The daughter of Doug and Sandy Motto of Escanaba, Kelsey has been awarded the opportunity to join a select group of 250 students from across the country to participate in an intensive week-long study of leadership in environmental science and conservation. She was chosen based on academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in leadership in the sciences and conservation studies.

Kesley said she received notice of her nomination through the mail.

“I was excited and a little apprehensive at first,” she said. “But when I started looking into the program and what it involved, I got really excited.”

Kelsey is no stranger to serving in a leadership capacity. She is president of her junior class, enrolled in Advances Placement Chemistry, and took an active part in her school’s Challenge Day, a program whose mission is to provide youth and their communities with experiential programs that demonstrate the possibility of love and connection through the celebration of diversity, truth, and full expression.

“Our goal for Challenge Day was to try and break down barriers between the students and to make the school a more loving place to be,” Kelsey explained.

The week-long program is held at George Mason University’s state-of-the-art campus. The Summit will encourage and inspire young leaders who desire a unique experience focused on successful careers in this dynamic industry.

Kelsey has been advised that there is a 17-1 ratio between faculty and staff to the students involved in the Summit.

In addition to the Summit, Kelsey said the selected students will have the opportunity to have lunch with members of Congress and see what they do from day to day. They will also visit the Washington Zoo.

“I really look forward to that,” Kelsey said. “I love animals.”

Although she is undecided where she will attend college, Kelsey has set her sites on studies in neurology and neuroscience.

“My eventual interest is in Marine Biology,” she said. “But I’m only a junior so I will have lots of time to look at different opportunities for me, particularly with math and science.” She added that her personal goal is to become a better leader for the next generation and to lead in conservation.

The cost for Kelsey’s trip to Washington, as well as lodging and meals, is approximately $2,000. She is already actively involved with fund-raising by writing to area businesses and organization to request a donation.

“We did a lot of fund-raisers for Challenge Day so I’m used to it,” Kelsey said with a smile.

Anyone wishing to help the teen finance her trip to the Summit is asked to call her parents at 786-3550 to learn how to make a contribution.