SANTA MONICA-MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

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CONTACT:  Sarah Wahrenbrock                      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

310.450.8338, ext. 229                                      17 JUN 2009

 

 

SAMOHI JUNIOR WINS NATIONAL AWARD FOR SERVICE

 

Santa Monica High School junior, Lulu Mickelson, was chosen as national winner in the category of Environment for the inaugural ALL AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL SERVICE TEAM. 

 

Comprised of five students representing the categories of health, education, environment, economics, and community, these students were awarded for making significant contributions through service. The award was presented June 5th in New York City by United States Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan. 

 

Secretary Duncan and The League, a national youth service organization empowering young people to make a positive difference in their communities, combined forces to create the ALL AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL SERVICE TEAM. Their mandate is to shine a spotlight on the positive difference high school students are making in their communities, the nation, and the world.

 

Lulu was specifically awarded for her leadership as the co-president of the Santa Monica High School Solar Alliance (SSA), a large and influential student-run environmental organization on the Samohi campus. Through education, structural modifications and the promotion of student-activism, SSA works to green Samohi and SMMUSD. 

 

Currently, SSA's largest campaign is Bike Day, which aims to reduce the district's carbon footprint through encouraging students to reduce their carbon footprint by getting to school without a car. Last week's Bike Day had over 1000 participants between Lincoln Middle School, John Adams Middle School, and Samohi who biked, walked, or rode the bus to school.

 

US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Lulu Mickelson, actor-presenter Josh Lucas

 

 

 

 

 

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