Thursday, October 8, 2015

Great Opportunity for Juniors!

Dear Members of the Class of 2017

We invite current MPH Juniors to apply for participation in the Adirondack Youth Climate Summit  at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, November 12 and 13. Realize the team will leave for Tupper Lake on the evening of Nov. 11th, Veterans’ Day. You must be in town and willing to travel on this day. The team returns late in the evening on Friday the 13th. 

The MPH team attending the summit will consist of five students and one adult. Last year’s team included two juniors who will attend as seniors; John B and Mitchie Q . We will add three Juniors to the team. There will be significant work to accomplish prior to the Summit.

The program’s intent is to present climate change science to students and help them develop a Climate Action Plan to implement at MPH. The Climate Summit includes many workshops and planning sessions, as well as guest lectures by energy and climate experts. 

MPH is fortunate to have received a generous grant from the parent of a former student covering the costs of the entire experience. This year, Ms. Sheffield will be chaperoning the trip; the team will be staying in a Tupper Lake hotel. 

Participants will be chosen based on the application and selection process outlined below. Applications are due to Ms. Foster by Monday, October 19th at 3:30 p.m. We will name three participants and two alternates. 

ADIRONDACK YOUTH CLIMATE SUMMIT: INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLICANTS AND CRITERIA FOR SELECTION 

1. Each applicant will write a one-page typed essay explaining his or her interest in climate change and in developing an Action Plan to bring back to MPH. Please mention leadership or relevant experiences. 

2. Included at the end of the essay should be a sentence stating the applicant will attend the Summit on November 12 and 13 (leaving on the 11th) as an ambassador for MPH. The essay must be signed by the applicant and his or her parent indicating the student’s pledge to proudly represent MPH. 

3. The essay must be received by Ms. Foster by the stated October 19th deadline

4. Science Department faculty members will read each applicant’s essay and select three finalists and two alternates based on the essay and following criteria: 

• Academic effort 
• Classroom and laboratory participation 
• Leadership qualities 
• Extracurricular activities related to science