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  • As a youth delegate to the 2017 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment, Andreanna Roros engaged in field work at Wetland Studies and Solutions in Virginia, and she also listened to presentations by speakers from the National Zoo, George Mason University professors and National Geographic’s Dr. Aurora Elmore.
    As a youth delegate to the 2017 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment, Andreanna Roros engaged in field work at Wetland Studies and Solutions in Virginia, and she also listened to presentations by speakers from the National Zoo, George Mason University professors and National Geographic’s Dr. Aurora Elmore.

Severna Park High School Student Attends Environmental Summit

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This summer, Severna Park High School rising senior Andreanna Roros was invited to the prestigious 2017 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment at George Mason University, joining 250 students from around the country to engage in a hands-on, intensive study in environmental science and conservation.

“I found out about the [summit] through a letter that I received in the mail stating that I was selected to be a youth delegate representing Maryland and my high school,” Roros said. “I was either chosen directly by George Mason University or from a teacher who recommended me from school - I wasn't able to find out which.”

The Kiwanis of Severna Park helped cover the cost of the program’s $1,965 tuition, allowing Roros to enjoy the summit’s wide range of diverse and engaging activities, some of which allowed attendees to frequently travel to Washington, D.C.

“I participated in activities such as field work regarding water and soil quality at Wetlands and Solutions [in Virginia]; museum explorations where I worked with interactive media to solve environmental solutions at National Geographic Museum in D.C.; and a simulation where we made amendments to the Paris Climate Agreement,” Roros said.

Summit attendees also listened to presentations by speakers from the National Zoo, George Mason University professors and National Geographic’s Dr. Aurora Elmore. Roros called Aurora’s segment one of her favorite parts of the summit.

“It was fun to hear her argue against people who don’t believe in climate change,” Roros said, “and perhaps the most exciting thing I learned from her was that the surface of the ocean regarding dust, sediments and ice-rafted debris can reveal things about the temperatures from millions of years ago.”

While Roras’ interest in science started at a young age, she is quick to credit her school for helping her discover exactly what aspect of the field she was most interested in.

“Since elementary school, I have been very passionate about science. I collected rocks, won science fairs and was constantly playing with my microscope,” Roros said. “Learning about the rock cycles in eighth grade really got me interested in geology, but most importantly, all the different types of science classes that are offered at my school, including environmental science, really helped me pinpoint that I was most interested in environmental studies and field work.”

Roros plans to pursue science, both academically and professionally. Later this year, she will have internships at Historic London Town and Gardens in Edgewater and the William Paca House in Annapolis.

“I would love to find a career that would combine my interests of environmental science, geology, archeology and history,” Roros said. “The kind of work I would like to be doing would include water and soil testing for pollution, geology and excavation. I am determined to find that perfect mixing of all those interests.”


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