Governor Wolf Appoints Milton Hershey School Student to Pennsylvania Youth Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation
MHS sophomore Jordan Edmonds is one of 20 students to serve on the Governor’s Youth Council.
Milton Hershey School sophomore Jordan Edmonds recently was appointed to Governor Tom Wolf’s 2017 Youth Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation. The Youth Council is comprised of 20 high school students in Pennsylvania who will share innovative ideas for conserving natural resources and engaging the community. It is modeled after the state’s Advisory Council, which includes 20 Pennsylvania residents who offer recommendations on outdoor-related legislation.
“Jordan is highly active in our Agricultural and Environmental Education program, and he is committed to preserving the environment,” said Dr. Jaunine Fouché, MHS Director of STEAM and Agricultural and Environmental Education. “The opportunity to share his knowledge with other students as well as statewide environmental leaders will be extremely valuable to his personal and professional development.”
Jordan enrolled at MHS in fourth grade from Quakertown and became heavily involved in the school’s Agricultural and Environmental Education (AEE) program. He serves as an officer for the school’s Future Farmers of America chapter and also is a member of the MHS Envirothon team, which combines academic knowledge with practical outdoors experience.
Through the school’s AEE program, Jordan has gained relevant conservation experience and hands-on learning opportunities such as collecting tree sap from maple trees and creating trails on campus. He detailed these experiences in his Youth Council application as he described his passion for the outdoors and his interest in serving on the council.
“I’ve always been surrounded by people who are interested in the outdoors and conservation,” Jordan said. “I want to go to college and become a conservation officer for the Game Commission to enforce hunting laws in Pennsylvania.”
The Pennsylvania Youth Council will meet four times a year to brainstorm ways to protect Pennsylvania’s outdoor heritage. Each meeting will be two-day events that include educational discussions, business meetings, field trips, and outdoor recreational activities. Jordan and the Youth Council also will meet with Governor Wolf, the Pennsylvania Game Commission, and the Fish and Boat Commission.
Governor Tom Wolf established the Youth Council in 2015 to promote Pennsylvania’s outdoor recreation and to give both outdoor enthusiasts and high school students a voice in the administration’s policies and priorities.
Learn more about the Agricultural and Environmental Education program at MHS.