From left to right: Dustin, Jessica, Keela, Evan

Hello my fellow tree huggers! My name is Dustin Chambers and I am a student at Isaac bear high school in Wilmington, NC. I like to play soccer, play xbox, and above all give back to my community. That is why I am so interested in this project. I love the environment and I really hope to make some changes I am really looking forward to make a difference in our environment. I'm real excited to meet all the other members of the CAP team. I can't wait to hear some of the awesome ideas that everyone is going to share. Good-luck everyone!

jessica.jpgHi! I’m Jessica Lama and I am very excited about being able to work on the Coastal America Project and having the opportunity to go to Washington, D.C! I decided to engage upon this opportunity because I love learning about the environment and coming up with ways to safe, improve, and have a lasting impact on the environment. I also wanted to work on this project because I believe it is a great opportunity in which I can take on a leadership role in order to positively impact my local area on a topic that I care about. Some of my favorite things to do include spending time with family and friends, dancing, playing volleyball, going to the beach, learning, volunteering, and working with animals. I absolutely LOVE dogs and monkeys. After high school I plan on going to college! I am looking forward to meeting everyone!

My name is Evan Lucas, and I am incredibly excited about this project. I believe that environmental action is important to ensure that future generations can enjoy the natural splendor that we see all around us. Some things that I like are music, the earth, god, grilled chicken, and my family. I don't particularly like spiders, rap music, and salmon. I got involved with this project for two primary reasons: firstly to make an impact on the environment and change the way people look at nature. Secondly, I hope to exercise my speaking and communication skills as I interact with people while interviewing people for the video and while presenting the video in DC. This is a great opportunity, and I hope I will be able to show my concern for the environment through the entire project!

Hello everyone, I am Keela Sweeney and I'm here to tell you a little bit about myself.
I grew up with a father in the military so I have done a lot of traveling and it is one of my absolute favorite things to do. I was so excited when I heard about the student summit because I thought it would be a fantastic opportunity to go somewhere new and share with others about the importance of preserving our home, Wilmington NC. I'm a huge beach person and go whenever I can, even in the winter just to take photographs, another major hobby of mine. I'm really excited to meet everyone else in February and can't wait for our conference! (:

From left to right: Dustin, Jessica, Keela, Mr. Bishop, Evan

Megan, North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

Megan is an Education Program Specialist at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. She is also working on her masters at the University at North Carolina Wilmington in Environmental Studies with a focus in environmental education. Her undergraduate degree is also from UNCW in marine biology and education. She teaches an introductory environmental studies class at UNCW in the evenings. Along with educating the public about fishes, Megan also dives in the aquarium's largest exhibit, the Cape Fear Shoals. Megan has worked in several different aquariums as well as at a marine science camp in the Florida Keys.
When Megan is not playing with the fishes, she likes to spend time at the beach. Megan is also a big book worm and enjoys action movies. When she's not a work or school, Megan plays beach volleyball with her team, The Isotopes. Her favorite quote about the ocean is: "The sea is emotion incarnate. It loves, hates, and weeps. It defies all attempts to capture it with words and rejects all shackles. No matter what you say about it, there is always that which you can't".
Megan is looking forward to meeting all of the delegation members and having an opportunity to network with new people. She is excited to see the final project her students come up with.

"Teaching children about the natural world should be seen as one of the most important events in their lives." Wendell Berry

Bryan, Isaac Bear Early College
Bryan is currently a teacher at the Isaac Bear Early College High School.Mr. Bishop has an undergraduate degree in Marine Biology from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida and completed a Masters of Education in Science from UNCW. Mr. Bishop also received National Board Certification in Science. He has taught at a couple different schools in Wilmington after moving here from Florida. Besides being a teacher, Bryan has worked with kids in a variety of roles from camp counselor to Big Bird Actor.Yes, Bryan was Big Bird for several summers so when you meet him you need to have him show you his Big Bird acting skills. Bryan enjoys spending time outside so he leads kayaking trips during the summers. When Bryan is not at school he plays volleyball as well, but not for the Isotopes. His interests also include boating, tennis, cooking and walking his dog, Tobi.
Bryan is beyond excited to see what the students turn out for their end product. He has been enjoying the fieldtrips as much as the students. Bryan can't wait to visit DC and see the sights.

If you would like to contact the delegation (especially if you're a student on another delegation) please feel free to email us at capefearstudentsummit[at]gmail.com