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HHS Students Attend Conservation Youth Summit
On Saturday, March 11th, the Earth Science and Geology students from Holston High School attended the 3rd Annual Clinch River Youth Summit in Lebanon. While they were there, the students learned about determining water quality, protecting riparian buffers, determining pollination cycles, and conducting sustainable agriculture. The focus of the summit was Southwestern Virginia waterways. There was a special emphasis placed on the Clinch River Watershed, which is believed to be the second most bio-diverse river waterway in the world. The Clinch River begins in Tazewell County and eventually joins the Tennessee River in Kingston, Tennessee---just below Knoxville. The Holston River, which flows near HHS, is part of the Holston River Watershed.
In addition to learning about the river and its tributaries, the students learned about careers associated with local conservation, as well as internships that could lead to associated jobs. In order to help others learn about conservation and the Clinch River, students made learning modules that could be used to teach elementary school students what they had learned. Teacher Aaron Napier arranged and led the trip.