2017 Upper Mississippi River Conference
Seven students were selected as student delegates to attend the 2017 Upper Mississippi River Conference. These students were all Honors Biology students and attended the conference with Miss Nelson and Ms. Gassner. To be selected as a student delegate, students had to submit an essay answering the following questions:
- How is climate change affecting the Mississippi River?
- What are your ideas on how to solve some of these problems?
Their essays were judged based on knowledge, interest, and creativity.
The following students were selected:
- Aliza Oxyer
- Valentine Chenus
- Anne Cunningham
- Duncan Copp
- Shyisha Hodges
- Monifah Ponton
- Hope VanPatten
At the two-day conference, student delegates got to hear from experts on climate change, geology, meteorology, hydrology, engineering, infrastructure, and conservation. Students were actively engaged with the different sessions by asking very well-structured questions and giving their input. They also got to go on a bicycle tour and a walking tour of a local wetland.
- The most interesting part of this conference was going on the bike ride and seeing everything we had learned about in real life. ~Valentine Chenus
- The most interesting part of the conference was learning how there are so many people taking action. It was interesting to learn all of the science behind global warming and it’s effects. ~Shyisha Hodges
- The most interesting thing about the conference was being in an adult setting and being treated like adults. It helped me learn a lot better and become a lot more interested in the environment. I could share my thoughts with highly educated people and get a decent response. ~Aliza Oxyer
- The most interesting part of the conference was hearing all the solutions they had to help the Mississippi River, and that they didn’t get side tracked by their differences but the problem at hand. As well as their graphs and slide shows, their plans, individually, were thought out. ~Monifah Ponton
- I really enjoyed the bike ride. It was fun to learn about our community while getting to tour the area. I also liked listening to the speakers. I think my favorite speech was the one about the watershed restoration. ~Hope VanPatten