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Three students to attend George Mason conferences

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Elizabethtown-Lewis junior Sierra Wimmett was selected to attend an environmental conference at George Mason University in Washington, D.C.

Elizabethtown-Lewis junior Sierra Wimmett was selected to attend an environmental conference at George Mason University in Washington, D.C. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Three students from different schools were selected for conferences at George Mason University in Washington, D.C. to participate in a pair of conferences in July.

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Willsboro junior Amanda Mahoney

Willsboro junior Amanda Mahoney was nominated as a National Youth Correspondent to the 2012 Washington Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason University. She will join 250 students from across the country to participate in an intensive week-long study of journalism and media.

“I am not sure how they got my name, but I know that I had to be nominated by a teacher or someone in the journalism program,” Mahoney said. “I am excited about going to Washington and meeting with all of the people on Capital Hill and talking to journalists who do this for a living.”

Mahoney said she has always been interested in the investigative side of journalism.

“I have been interested in law enforcement, and I have always done good in English and writing classes,” she said. “There has always been a draw to that kind of journalism for me.”

Two students from the region were selected for the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment at George Mason University.

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AuSable Valley student Alex Connor

Sierra Wimmett, a junior at Elizabethtown-Lewis, and Alex Connor from AuSable Valley High School were also selected.

“I am really interested in animals and learning how to help them and the environment,” Wimmett said. “I felt that this would be a good experience heading into college and a chance to learn more about helping animals and the environments that they live in.”

“I have always enjoyed the outdoors,” Connor said. “Where I live is out in the woods in a house that runs on solar power, so the environment is something I am interested in and I always love to be outdoors.”

Connor said he is also looking forward to finding out the types of careers he could be involved in.

“I want to see the different opportunities that this may open up as far as the kind of career fields there are,” he said.

Both conferences happen in July at the Washington, D.C., university.

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