Student Spotlight: Skylar Vawter-Simmons Selected as National Youth Delegate for Prestigious Conference at George Mason University!

CEC Castle Rock junior, Skylar Vawter Simmons Selected as National Youth Delegate for Prestigious Conference at George Mason University!

Student leaders to travel to Washington D.C. for highly-selective environment forum

Skylar Vawter Simmons, a student at Colorado Early Colleges Castle Rock, has been selected to represent Castle Rock, CO as a National Youth Delegate to the 2022 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment at George Mason University.

Vawter Simmons joins a select group of 100 students from across the country to participate in an intensive, week-long study of leadership in environmental science and conservation. Vawter Simmons was chosen based on academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in leadership in the sciences and conservation studies. George Mason University along with partners, National Geographic and the National Zoo are excited to welcome the nation’s young scholars to Washington, D.C. With distinguished faculty, guest speakers, and direct access to elite D.C. practitioners, the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment offers aspiring environmentalists and student leaders an unparalleled experience. 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. The Washington Youth Summit on the Environment will be held June 26 to July 1, 2022.

About George Mason University
George Mason University is setting the gold standard for the modern, public university. Its dynamic culture and innovative academic programs prepare Mason’s hard-working students for 21st century careers. Its commitment to teaching excellence combines with cutting-edge research that enriches the academic experience and is changing the world. Mason is affordable, yet offers high value. Ideally located in the National Capital region, students enjoy terrific cultural experiences and access to the most sought-after internships and employers in the country.

About the 2022 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment
The Washington Youth Summit on the Environment (WYSE) is a unique student leadership conference designed to develop and encourage future leaders in the important field of environmental studies and conservation in the 21st century. The Advisory Board is chaired by Mark Bauman, President of Virtual Wonders and former Executive Vice President of National Geographic Television. Additional members include world renowned scholars, distinguished scientists, and award winning university faculty, such as Dr. Tom Lovejoy, noted environmentalist and former executive vice president of the World Wildlife Fund. Delegates gain an insider look at environmental science, policy and conservation issues. For more information visit us online at

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