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The Keep Florida Beautiful Youth Council is made up of students across Florida who act as ambassadors and leaders for youth service in their communities.
Growing up camping, boating, and fishing on the coastal waters of Southwest Florida, Alex Henson's outdoor experiences have motivated her to become an engaged conservation activist who strives to protect our beautiful blue planet, endangered seas, and fragile communities. Alex is honored to be the 2018-2019 Chairwoman of Keep Florida Beautiful, Inc.'s Youth Council, where she has been inspired to work with other environmentally-minded teens towards positive change for a cleaner Florida. Alex also holds a national seat on Keep America Beautiful’s Youth Advisory Council; and is the current Chairwoman-Elect of Keep Lee County Beautiful’s Youth Advisory Council. Energized by participating in the last five Youth Ocean Conservation Summits at Mote Marine Laboratory, Alex has founded her own public outreach program to help educate and captivate others. Alex’s grant winning program, “Project L.E.A.D.”, aims to mobilize a network of local youth to work towards innovative environmental solutions. A five time Carson Scholar, Volunteer Florida Recognition Award recipient, former Student Government President, previous 4-H Club Secretary, 4-H Emerald Award winner, and Rotary Youth Leadership Award recipient, Alexandria Henson is a dedicated humanitarian that works hard to help influence and spread awareness for a more eco-friendly future. Implementing change is not possible without knowledge, and by utilizing her seat on the Keep Florida Beautiful Youth Council, Alex is motivated to educate others about the importance of recycling, litter prevention and conservation methods to keep Florida beautiful."
Alison Trezek is a junior in Lithia, Florida. She is a member of National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society and Rho Kappa. She is the co-president of the Newsome Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation at her high school. With her club she has picked up over a thousand pounds of trash from the west coast of Florida. As an intern, she regularly participates in beach cleanups and beautification projects with Keep Pinellas Beautiful. Alison has volunteered with Mote Marine Laboratory, Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, Suncoast Chapter of the Surfrider, and Ocean Conservancy. She hopes to raise awareness on the negative effects single use plastics have on marine life and influence available reusable alternatives. She enjoys serving on the Keep Florida Beautiful youth council because it gives her the opportunity to work with like-minded individuals to educate others and inspire others to take action.
Ben Solomon is a sophomore in Sarasota, Florida and the youth representative of the Keep Sarasota County Beautiful Advisory Board. He is a member of the Model United Nations club at his school, and a graduate and student trainer of the STAR leadership program with the Boys and Girls Clubs in his community. He is an active Boy Scout, now working on his Eagle, and his hobbies include skateboarding, camping, and gaming. He enjoys serving on the Keep Florida Beautiful Youth Council because he wants to further recycling and decrease littering within the youth of his community.
Bettina Huang is a senior from Jacksonville, Florida and vice-chairs the Keep Florida Beautiful Youth Council. She strives to engage local students and spread awareness as president of Keep Jacksonville Beautiful Youth Commission. Outside of cleanups, Huang can be found in the lab, working on river water quality and denitrification research. She enjoys serving on the Keep Florida Beautiful Youth Council because she is passionate about educating and calling youth to action around Florida.
Cecilia Carbone lives in Palm Harbor, Florida, where she is a sophomore in the International Baccalaureate Program at Palm Harbor University High School. She is an avid golfer, being on her high school team, and loves watching the wildlife while she’s on the course. Cecilia loves to hike, and has been enamored with marine wildlife ever since she was a young girl. She volunteers at her local library, encouraging education and creativity in children, while also volunteering at The First Tee, where she promotes a healthy lifestyle while demonstrating good sportsmanship to kids. Cecilia enjoys serving on the Keep Florida Beautiful Youth Council because it gives her a chance to work with other kids on a topic she cares about: the preservation of Florida’s natural beauty.
Cori McWilliams is a freshman in Vero Beach, Florida. She is the founder of “Kids for the Sea” which is a club formed to improve environmental conservation. Cori is also very active in sea turtle protection programs such as the Indian River County Sea Turtle Program, the Sea Turtle Conservancy, Brevard County Barrier Island Center and the Brevard County Sea Turtle Emergency Response Program. Working with the Keep Florida Beautiful Youth Council gives Cori an opportunity to work with other youths, educate them and encourage them to take action on their own.
Kenni Connerley is a Junior at Palmetto Ridge High School in Naples, Florida. She is active in JROTC as a member of the JROTC drill, saber guard, color guard and exhibition teams. She is also a senior level Girl Scout and enjoys community service such as organizing food drives for her local food bank as well as conducting supply drives for local animal rescue operations. Kenni has been involved in beach cleanups since she was six years old and is hoping to be accepted into the U.S. Coast Guard to do water rescues. She enjoys reading and fishing in her spare time and her favorite class at school is ASIC Marine Science. Kenni is motivated to be a member of the KFB Youth Council so she can bring awareness to others about the dangers of leaving their fishing lines behind after they fish and the importance of keeping our waters clean and safe for all marine life.
Pam Moore is a senior in Tallahassee, Florida. She is a member of the Key Club, the National Honor Society and the Green Club/Recycling Club at her school. She is also a regular participant in cleanups and recycling projects. In her spare time, Pamela is an avid soccer player. Recycling is her passion and she believes strongly in increased recycling in order to help preserve and protect the environment for future generations. Pamela would also like to work towards addressing the plastic bag problem by collecting the bags and educating people about proper waste management. She enjoys serving on the Keep Florida Beautiful Youth Council because it furthers the mission of advancing recycling and reducing litter in Florida.
Sheila Gomez is a senior in Florida. She is part of the National Honor Society, Future Business leaders of America, and has helped with beach clean ups in her area, with over 360 community service hours! She strives to help create a more sustainable future by reducing waste and help others recycle more. She is very excited to be a part of the Keep Florida Beautiful Youth council.