Comments from Participants:
"The symposium was really neat. Many of the Brimley Middle School students
did not fully grasp the magnitude of their experience until they returned
home. Here, they began the process of explaining what they saw, heard
and experienced. From the Brimley school viewpoint the symposium was a
huge success. I and the Brimley school group are very grateful for you
and your teams' dedication and focus on providing a quality symposium.
The teacher that traveled with the students is already talking about fundraisers
and projects that the students might be interested in so they can attend
the next youth symposium in Ashland, Wis.
Hiawatha National Forest
THANK YOU for all of your work in organizing the symposium. What an amazing
feat! If those who participated walked away with half of what was presented
to them they received a huge amount. Listening to kids talk and watch
them in the sessions was wonderful. …Our students were thrilled with the
entire experience. Ron, Holly and I are already planning to attend the
symposium in Ashland! THANK YOU!
Karen Bacula (teacher)
Bothwell Middle School
A great big THANK YOU for your hard work in putting on the Lake Superior
Youth Symposium. The 4-H’ers that I brought from Duluth, Minnesota said
they had a great time and want to attend again in two years. In the meantime,
I’m going to work with them and carry on what they are fired up about!
My 4-H’ers are alos commited to share pictures and stories in 1-1/2 years
in area high schools to bring more Minnesota youth! Thanks again for a
Shari McCorison (youth leader)
University of Minnesota - Duluth
The students all said they enjoyed the trip very much. They thought the
tour of the mine and the canoeing trip were great. They even enjoyed the
food. Thank you for the time you must have invested in getting the program
Theresa Paulsen (teacher)
Mellen Public Schools
I thought it was an EXCELLENT EVENT!!! You are to be commended for your
perseverance throughout this whole project. You held it together and kept
us all moving forward. Your leadership has been outstanding. Thanks for
letting me be involved in such a great event.
Ron Kinnunen (presenter & Steering Committee member)
Michigan Sea Grant Extension
Thanks again for all your help and patience. That was a terrific Symposium.
Thanks for a super opportunity to learn. My kids had a great time. Many
enlightened persons--young and old. I loved that Rendezvous!
Bill Mittlefehldt (teacher)
Anoka High School
"I want to let you know how much my students and I enjoyed the Symposium.
Your hard efforts did not go unnoticed! Kudos to a job well done. I would
attend another one again! Thanks for making it possible."
Nan Powell (teacher)
"I learned an increased amount about protecting and respecting the lake.
Michipicoten High School student
"I learned what other schools were doing in their environmental clubs
and what we could do to improve ours. "
Whites Pines Collegiate & Vocational School (student)
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
"I was very inspired to do more to help our environment."
Great Lakes Aquarium student
" I gained the skills to work as a team and I learned how I can help my
own community preserve nature."
Chassell High School (student)
" I learned that we need to preserve what a great gift we have, otherwise
our kids will not be able to see the beauty it has now."
Baraga High School (student)
" I learned that there is a huge world out there that must be taken care
of." Bothwell Middle School (student)
Update: 3 May 2001