Student Spotlight for Feb. 2: Story Warren

OlympianFebruary 2, 2014 

 

Age: 15.

School: Olympia High School in Olympia.

Grade: 9.

Parents: Ruth Musgrave and Dave Warren.

Best personal achievement: Receiving the Youth Conservation Award from Wolf Haven, getting quoted in Time Magazine for Kids, getting interviewed by National Public Radio, speaking at hearings and rallies for wolves and being the first person in Yellowstone to spot the new wolf pups last summer.

How I spend my time: Managing my online organization “Kids4Wolves” on Instagram, Twitter, Blogspot, YouTube and Facebook; speaking with students, groups and officials about wolves; and tracking wolves in Washington and in Yellowstone National Park.

Favorite subjects: Science.

Favorite movie: My favorite recent movie might be “The Help,” but the movie “Spirit Bear: The Simon Jackson Story” (about a student in Canada who saved an entire ecosystem for the rare white “spirit” bears) had a big impact on me.

Favorite book: There are so many it’s hard to narrow it down. My favorite books include the “Harry Potter” series by J.K. Rowling, “The Sight” by David Clement-Davies, and “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins.

Dream job: Studying wolves in Washington and helping ranchers to protect their livestock and coexist with wolves and other predators.

Someone I respect: Everyone working to coexist or help others coexist with predators on the landscape; also Aldo Leopold and Ernest Thompson Seton.

The hardest part of being a student is: Waking up so early.

My ambitions or career aspirations include: I want to study wildlife ecology and behavioral/evolutionary biology, as well as conflict management.

Someone famous I would like to meet: Gov. Jay Inslee to discuss wolves in Washington. And maybe Macklemore!

Someday, looking back on my life, I’ll be able to say: “I stood up for the things I believed in.”

Biggest challenge facing teenagers today: I think that it’s very sad how this generation views itself as so separate from nature and the environment. I think a lot of teenagers are missing out. With climate change and wildlife and habitat loss, our generation will be the ones to pay and most of us don’t seem to be aware or to care much.

One thing in the world I would change if I could: How humans view themselves as separate and outside our natural environment. We seem to feel the need to conquer the land and the “lesser” animal species, instead of realizing that we are just another part in the community, as Aldo Leopold said: “We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”

Nominated by: Olympia High administrative assistant Wendy Carpenter, who wrote, “I have known Story since she entered kindergarten at Boston Harbor Elementary and am very impressed with how this delightful young woman is making a difference in the world already.”

To nominate a ninth- to 12th-grade student for Student Spotlight, email the following information to lpemberton@theolympian.com, fax it to 360-357-0202, or mail it to The Olympian, 111 Bethel St. NE, Olympia, Washington 98506, attention Lisa Pemberton. Selected students must submit a photograph and fill out a questionnaire. Provide the student’s name, age, grade, school name, telephone number and/or email; a quote about the student from a school staff member; and the name and contact information of the nominator.

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