Sun Valley sophomore to attend D.C. summit

Jan. 23, 2013 @ 05:37 PM

Sun Valley High School Sophomore Sara Brun will represent North Carolina at the 2013 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment. 

The summit will be at George Mason University for a week in late June. 

Brun, 16, will be with 250 other students from across the country.

"I'm excited to meet everybody and to meet all the different people and hear about what they want to do to save the environment," Brun, an Indian Trail resident, said. 

She has been interested in the environment for a long time. 

"One day I hope to become a herpetologist, which is a reptile specialist," Brun said. 

She has wanted to be a herpetologist, "since I was born, since I was a baby. I've been loving reptiles all my life," she said. 

As part of the program, she will attend lectures, stay on a college campus, visit the zoo and other activities. The summit is organized by George Mason University, National Geographic and the National Zoo. 

"I've been wanting to look at colleges for a long time and I'm excited to see what the college has to offer and I'm excited to do all the activities that the program has provided for us," Brun said. 

As an herpetologist, Brun hopes to help people better understand reptiles. 

"People don't understand that reptiles are a big part of helping with diseases, so if we save more reptiles, we get to save more people," Brun said. 

She believes most people are scared of reptiles. 

"I would hope to help more people become used to them and see them as an asset to human life," Brun said. 

Brun was selected based on grades, an essay and a demonstrated interest in science and conservation studies. 

She wrote her essay on the importance of using recycled materials for paper products. 

"Because of all the coupons and all of the things being sent out in magazines and all of the paper being wasted," she explained. 

She will attend the summit in late June. 

"I'm really excited for it," Brun said.