Samantha Whitens, Quinnesec, Michigan

Ms. Samantha Whitens will be a First Year at Michigan Technological University this fall in the selective Pavlis Institute for Global Technology Leadership program.  Samantha graduated in the top ten percent of her class and was its President during her Senior year at Kingsford High School.  At MTU she will follow her passion for biology and chemistry by studying groundwater quality management and waste water processing leading to a degree in Environmental Engineering.  Ultimately she hopes to focus her energy on helping “…underprivileged regions resolve difficult environmental issues.”   




TyLynn Payne, Dexter, New Mexico

Ms. TyLynn Payne grew up in the Pecos Valley experiencing first-hand the critical relationship between water resources and livelihoods based on agriculture.  Her goal is to create a career educating communities from a foundation of science and law about water conservation and how water usage affects local industries.  Having graduated as the Valedictorian of her class at Dexter Consolidated Schools, TyLynn will begin four years of study at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas this fall leading to a degree in Environmental Science. 



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Levi Warring, Williamsburg, Virginia

Levi’s goal is to develop a career in which he can wake up every day and work to improve human-environmental relationships.  Mr. Warring will begin this journey as a First Year at Washington and Lee University this fall pursuing a major in Environmental Studies.  During his Senior year at Lafayette High School he did research on the groundwater quality beneath the historic Jamestown colony and its correlation with the land use activities and incidents of disease that decimated the colony’s early population.  When he is not studying groundwater quality Levi can be found running cross country or competing in track and field events with equal success having placed second overall in 4x800 meter relay in the Virginia High School League AA Outdoor State Championships.



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Brennan Peterson Wood, Jamestown, California

Brennan Peterson Wood graduated from Sacramento Waldorf School in the top five percent of his class with a nearly perfect GPA.  He will attend Colorado College this fall pursuing a degree in Environmental Science with a particular interest in water resources.  Brennan loves the outdoors and during high school worked on several water quality studies and education projects in the Stanislaus National Forest and his local community.  He hopes to pursue a career that will improve water resource management through collaboration and the application of practical science.