Potter to Attend Washington Youth Summit on the Environment

Potter to Attend Washington Youth Summit on the Environment
Posted on 03/02/2018
Potter to Attend Washington Youth Summit on the Environment

Cosette Potter has volunteered locally on environmental concerns. Now the Nacogdoches High School sophomore will attend a national conference this summer in Washington, D.C.

George Mason University’s Washington Youth Summit on the Environment is set for June 24-29.

Cosette, whose current project is conducting a study on Maroney Park for Parks Advocacy League (PAL), will join around 300 students from across the country to participate in the national conference.

The youth summit is a student conference designed to develop and encourage future leaders for the 21st century in the field of environmental studies and conservation.

Cosette says she has three areas of environmental interest: Parks, zoos and nature reserves.

“I’ve always enjoyed going to wildlife reserves, zoos and parks,” she said. “I feel like all three are important for health, education, social development and a sense of community.

“People of all ages and abilities can benefit from access to greenspace and nature.”

PAL is a volunteer group that promotes, maintains and improves Nacogdoches city parks.

Three times a week Cosette spends an hour collecting statistics on visitors at Maroney Park, making note of age ranges and activities.

“I interview people to find out what their favorite things about the park are and their suggestions for improvements and additional,” she said. Afterwards, she summarizes the information for report back to the group.

At the Washington summit, Cosette hopes to learn about aspects of the National Zoo, including veterinary care, research and conservation strategies; meeting a Congressman to talk about environmental legislation and a possible career as a lawyer; and learn about wide-ranging environmental issues and how they could relate to the practice of law.

At NHS, Cosette is a member of the varsity swim team and was a regional qualifier in February. She also plays in the Dragon marching band, is a member of student council, participates in UIL academics and is treasurer for the sophomore class.

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