Conservation and preservation of our immediate environment are major topics being addressed among various high schools throughout the federation. This is evident as a small delegation of students and teachers are participating in the Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, In Washington DC.
A delegation from the Cayon High School Environmental Club left earlier this week to participate in the event.
The four (4) member team comprised two students, Bionca Berry (President) and Ludelcia Harvey accompanied by two teachers, Dr Joyelle Clarke – Environmental Club Coordinator) and Mrs. Dallaries Spair-Daniel – Accountant, will participate in sessions from April 3rd– 7th.
While discussing the remarkable occasion Dr. Clarke, Coordinator noted, “Naturally we are very excited and nervous, but happy for the opportunity to present all the work the club has been doing for the past two years. It will be an enriching and fruitful experience for the students because this opportunity is usually provided at the university level.”
She included that while the delegation is in Washington, they will meet with the consultant for the Man on the Biosphere Project in St. Kitts, Kathleen Pessolano.
The team is set to attend a full week of conference sessions at the Association of American Geographers Conference, including career fairs for Geography Students, fieldtrips, tours, and panel discussions. The annual conference which is a professional and scholarly gathering of over 9,000 attendees will feature over 6,000 presentations in over 1,700 sessions throughout the meeting.
One highly anticipated event for the conference this year, is a keynote session by Eric Holder who served as the 82nd Attorney General of the United States under President Barack Obama.
Ludelcia Harvey expressed her excitement about the scheduled activities, “We are all looking forward to this experience because we are going to meet other geographers and learn what they have been doing in the field and excited to see the museums at the capitol and learn about the history of DC.”
This venture was made possible in partnership with the St Mary’s Man and the Biosphere Project, the GEF Small Grants Program and the Ministry of Education. Additional funding was done through club fundraising activities, sponsorship from the supportive parents and the community.