Having completed the evaluation of many outstanding teen applications, the GLADE Selection Committee is proud to announce the GLADE Class of 2016! The 16 young people chosen are a diverse group, representing youth from extreme rural areas and urban areas of the Ozarks, and from both public school and home school environments. The students and their high schools are: Isabella Bernalewski, Nixa; Ethan Boyer, LoganRogersville; Rylee Deckard, Buffalo; Jenna Dobyns, Springfield Central; Jeremy Hewitt, Springfield Glendale; Michelle Lawson, Springfield Central; Sarah Leckrone, Springfield Parkview; Camryn Long, Richland; Ethan Mitchell, Houston; Branden Powell, Dadeville; Harley Ringstaff, Van Buren; Nick Schoen, Strafford; Anna Skalicky, Springfield Central; Rylee Smith, Ozark; Phorona Thomas & Ethan Mitchell, Houston; Maggie Turner, Springfield Glendale. This selected teens, representing 12 area schools, will participate in the 8 th annual Green Leadership Academy for Diverse Ecosystems (GLADE).
The Missouri State University/Greater Ozarks Audubon Society conservation leadership academy youth, over the years, have transplanted nearly 10 acres of native Giant Cane (Arundinaria giganteum) to riparian habitat, assisted in restoration of two acres of glade habitat, assisted in restoration of the Dabbs Creek sector of the Mark Twain National Forest. They have also impacted communities in which they live in many ways. We warmly welcome our newest class to the GLADE family!
The mission of the Green Leadership Academy for Diverse Ecosystems (GLADE) is to care for Ozarks ecosystems, to develop future community leaders, and to improve the quality of life through conservation and educational efforts throughout the Ozarks. It is a place-based, collaborative Greater Ozarks Audubon Society and Missouri State University conservation leadership project.