For a soon-to-be 18-year-old senior at Central High School, attending the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity.

For a soon-to-be 18-year-old senior at Central High School, attending the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity.

Shamia Scott was nominated by one of her teachers, Mike Gregory, to attend the WYSE as a national youth delegate representing Arkansas and Central High School. The summit will be held on the George Mason University campus just outside Washington D.C. June 28 to July 3.

“Shamia’s nomination was based on her academic excellence and her interest in environmental science and conservation,” stated Amy Takayama-Perez, dean of admissions for George Mason University in a press release.

As a national youth delegate, Shamia and her peers that share her interests in the environment will meet prominent environmental and conservation leaders, scientists, distinguished schools and policy makers on Capitol Hill. The National Geographic Society and the Smithsonian National Zoo are partnering with George Mason University to make the Youth Summit a reality.

The university describes the summit as “fun, exciting and interactive.” As a young environmental leader, Shamia will get the opportunity to participate in role-playing exercises and realistic simulations as well as private seminars conducted by the Smithsonian ‘s National Zoo faculty.

“I am truly excited about this opportunity,” commented Shamia.

She offered a special thanks to her local sponsors that are helping make her attendance at the Summit possible. They include: Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, the Phillips County Sheriff’s Office, Judge Kathleen Bell, Judge Brian Miller, Economy Drug Store, the Helena Housing Authority, MC Drugs, Helena Water Company, Mid-Delta Community Services, Hickory Hill Pharmacy and West Hornor Motor Company.

“Any and all questions that the sponsors would like me to address our congressman, please email me at shamiaamichelle@gmail.com,” concluded Shamia.