were held in rapt attention by the students’
presentations. They heard the next generation describe their appreciation for progress
made, balanced by their concern for their
future, even what legacy would be left for
The power of their words, knowledge,
poise, and leadership skills was nothing less
than inspirational. In a room full of hundreds of reporters, bureaucrats, and members of the public, there was barely a cough
or a rustle of paper as the students spoke.
And for this attendee, I have never been so
proud of CBF and our ability to invest in
the Bay’s future by nurturing tomorrow’s
ook at the photo above. In June, a
group of four high school students
addressed the Chesapeake Bay
Executive Council. This has never hap-
pened before. In response, Maryland
Governor Martin O’Malley, Chairman of
the Council, said, “You put us on the spot,
and we have got to deliver.”
Each of the four students is an alumnus of
CBF’s Environmental Education program,
which reaches 30,000 students annually.
Each has continued to work with CBF staff
as part of our ongoing environmental lead-
ership initiative, engaging 7,000 high
school students annually.
I have been attending Executive Council
meetings for over 30 years; I have never
been to one like this. Not even close.
The Governors, EPA Administrator
McCarthy, and other council members
William C. Baker
Tomorrow’s Leaders Step Up
Devan Ogburn, Tatiana Bogans, and Stephanie
Detwiler pose for a photo after their presentations.
Devan, Chair of the CBF’s Student Bay Advisory
Committee and former President of the Maryland
Association of Student Councils, is a senior at
Leonardtown High School in Maryland. Tatiana is
a senior at Caesar Chavez Charter School for
Public Policy in D.C. Stephanie, a recent graduate
of Hempfield High School in Lancaster,
Pennsylvania, will be studying biology at Goucher
College in the fall.
CBF President Will Baker congratulates students (seated, left to right) James Hemphill, Devan Ogburn,
Tatiana Bogans, and Stephanie Detwiler on their presentations to the Chesapeake Bay Executive Council
on June 16 at the Maryland State House in Annapolis. The Executive Council includes Bay-state governors, D.C.’s Mayor, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Chair of the
Chesapeake Bay Commission..
James Hemphill speaks about his experiences as
a leader in local water-quality restoration. James,
a junior at Virginia Beach’s Ocean Lakes High
School, is President of Project Green Teens.