In August, hours before greeting students at Convocation, Student Government President Joshua Zhou '17 was honored at the White House with a President's Environmental Youth Award. The honor, recognizing 18 teachers and 63 students from across the country for their outstanding contributions to environmental education and stewardship, were awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the White House Council on Environmental Quality,  Zhou was recognized for his work on creating a more efficient, low cost, and environmentally friendly method of improving water quality and reducing pollution, particularly the toxin TCDD.

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A few days later, Zhou returned to Washington, D.C. to attend the three-day Coolidge Senators Washington Summit, a youth leadership event in which students visit the White House, U.S. Capitol, and U.S. Supreme Court and meet with national leaders.

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