It's a Sweet 16! Students Honor 16th Vento Awardee Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN)
On June 16th, two students from Washington Jesuit Academy (Washington, D.C.), Wali McJunkins and Weldon Genies, Jr., and a Buddy Bison program alum from St. Ignatius Loyola Academy (Baltimore, MD), Lloyd Meeks, honored Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN, 4th District) with the Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award. Each student spoke about the importance of our public lands and waters and thanked the Congresswoman for her 16 years of advocacy for our national parks and public spaces.
Lloyd spoke about how the Buddy Bison School Program inspired him to become an advocate for the restoration of an abandoned park in his neighborhood, the Warwick Street Park in Baltimore. Wali and Weldon echoed the importance of having access to green spaces in all communities and the belief that all people can fight for their public lands, just like Congresswoman McCollum has. The congresswoman capped off the memorable evening with a moving tribute to Bruce Vento. Check out more photos from the award ceremony here! See the video shown at the event here.
Thanks to our lead Vento Award event sponsors: Simmons Hanly Conroy, 3M, Hunton & Williams, Boy Scouts of America, National Association of Realtors and Guest Services -- and to the Clark Charitable Foundation for their support of Washington Jesuit Academy’s participation in the Buddy Bison School Program!