PLEASANTON, California (June 2, 2020) – The Go Green Initiative has selected their 2020 class of Local Leader of the 21st Century Scholars: Carolyne Geng, Toni Gomez, and Jessica Luan. Recipients were chosen for their dedication to the Amador Valley Local Leaders club and commitment to improve their school, community and natural environment. Accomplishments from the 2019/20 year include: a presentation to Pleasanton business, Mandatory Recycling Ordinance training to the senior center staff, social media campaigns, and management of the recycling and compost bins on Amador Valley campus. 

The scholarship awarded will support their respective college educations. 

If you are a current high school student interested in becoming a Local Leader of the 21st Century club member, fill out this Google Form here.

Below is the 2020 Class of Students who will receive scholarships: 

Jessica Luan: Jessica Luan will be attending Duke University to pursue a major in Public Policy and Global Health. 

“I’ve gained so many amazing memories through Local Leaders: I helped implement PUSD’s first recycling and compost program, conducted waste audits, spoke at community events, went on awesome field trips, listened to guest talks from public servants and journalists, met so many close friends and supportive mentors, and gained so much self-confidence. Through Local Leaders’ opportunities, I not only learned about environmental issues, but I also discovered what I’m capable of.”

“I HIGHLY recommend that any student, no matter your initial interest in the environment, get involved with Local Leaders. I assure you’ll leave as someone who’s knowledgeable about local environment issues, and passionate about student-led advocacy and action. It’s an absolutely transformative program!”

Carolyne Geng: Carolyne Geng will attend Northwestern University’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences to pursue a double major in anthropology and economics.

 “Local Leaders has created a huge impact on my engagement with environmentalism and public policy. No matter our ages and through all sorts of activities, I’ve learned that we can influence policy, live sustainably, and work harder to ensure a world that’s brighter than where we found it.”

Toni Gomez: In the fall of 2020, Toni Gomez will attend Iowa State University to study Pre-Veterinary Sciences. 

Local Leaders has taught me so much about local policies regarding the environment, and I find myself searching for ways to help and better the environment because of the club.” 

 

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