While we are fortunate each season to gather to us many fine interns from around the region, this summer we had a bumper crop of 12 impressive, highly qualified young minds helping us in all capacities.
For our very busy and growing state campaigns, Stacy Casey (SIT Graduate Institute) handled volunteer recruitment and mobilization in Virginia, and Nick Amis (UT-Chattanooga) researched the impacts of mining on waterways in Tennessee. Erin Burks (UNC-CH) helped to create the informational building blocks for our upcoming Red, White and Water website.
In Washington, D.C., our two Stanback fellows from Duke University, Emily Yu and Dillion Buckner, worked with our end mountaintop removal campaign team to gain additional support for the Clean Water Protection Act and prepare for grassroots organizing during the election season.
The Appalachian Water Watch team’s interns, Kara Dodson (Virginia Tech), Jillian Kenny (ASU) and Pallavi Podapati (UPenn), traveled to Kentucky and Virginia to provide support to our citizen water monitors, and compiled seemingly endless state water quality data for review.
Clifford Shaw (ASU) helped our IT team build a database of highly useful coal data, and leaves to begin a position with a regional software design firm.
The Appalachian Voice team bids a fond farewell to Editorial Assistant Jessica Kennedy (UNC-CH) and Online Assistant Anna Norwood (ASU), as well as our spring/early summer Editorial Assistant Madison Hinshaw (ASU), all who delved into the world of investigative research and also went above and beyond in the search for Appalachia’s Hidden Treasures.