Gruening student attends conservation summit

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 20:00
Teen discusses fishery protection with Sen. French
Gruening Middle School student Vika Morozova, far left, poses for a picture with Sen. Hollis French (D-Anchorage) in Juneau last week. She is joined by other students who traveled to Juneau for a weeklong civics and conservation summit.

Gruening Middle School student Vika Morozova joined teens from around the state for a weeklong civics and conservation summit in Juneau last week with Alaska Youth for Environmental Action (AYEA), a program of the National Wildlife Federation.

Morozova met with state Sen. Hollis French (D-Anchorage) at the Capitol to discuss SB 152, a bill to protect the Bristol Bay Fisheries Reserve from large-scale mining projects, according to a press release.

French was one of three senators honored by the students March 22 with the 2012 AYEA Legislator of the Year award. Sens. Gary Stevens (R-Kodiak) and Bill Wielechowski (D-Anchorage) were the other recipients.

The three legislators were chosen for championing issues the students are passionate about, including protecting Bristol Bay fisheries, stopping genetically modified fish, providing funding for school lunches and coastal zone management, according to the press release.

The annual civics and conservation summit is a leadership training program for youths that brings teens from urban and rural areas of Alaska together to build skills in civic action, issue analysis, advocacy and statewide leadership, the release said.

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