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2016 Wenatchee River Salmon Festival Scholarship Winner

June 13th, 2016 in Salmon Fest News

Leavenworth, Wash.- The Wenatchee River Salmon Festival is proud to announce that Alexis Rodriguez-Pantaleon is the winner of the 2016 Nancy Duree Natural Resource Scholarship.

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2016 Scholarship Winner Alexis Rodriguez-Pantaleon

The $1500 scholarship is awarded to an outstanding North Central Washington graduating high school senior who is continuing their education in a natural resource field at an accredited college or university.

Rodriguez-Pantaleon is the son of Juana Pantaleon and Zenon Rodriguez of Wenatchee, Washington. He is a graduating senior from Wenatchee High School and will be attending the University of Washington to pursue a degree in Wildlife Biology and Environmental Education.

Rodriguez-Pantaleon faced some serious competition from a large field of superior candidates, but his outstanding academic record, demonstrated community involvement, references and personal essay were determining factors in his selection. Alexis has a very bright future and his intelligence and dedication to better our community was well demonstrated in his essay when he said, “There are not enough services providing students with opportunities to explore the land, animals, and the community around them. I plan to change that.”

The Nancy Duree Natural Resource Scholarship was created in honor of Nancy Duree, a Wenatchee River Salmon Festival Core Team member devoted to the educational mission of the festival and an active participant in the festival from its inception in 1991. Nancy was a strong believer in promoting the value of higher education and was passionate about conserving and connecting people with the outdoors.

One of the core values of the Wenatchee River Salmon Festival is providing high quality natural resource education to our communities. To foster this belief we “pay it forward” by investing in local students who have a passion for natural resources and want to further their education in this field.

The Wenatchee River Salmon Festival is a family friendly, national award winning festival held at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery. This year’s All Family Day is September 17th, from 10am – 5pm.

The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery, Chelan County PUD, Friends of Northwest Hatcheries and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation host the festival.

“Salmon Festival is a proud recipient of the “2016 Partnership Award for Public Lands Partners”