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Blazers plant trees with Obama

Juniors join the President in honor of the passing of environmental law

By Jenna Bushnell, Online Features and Humor Editor
April 23, 2009
Juniors Tomas Deza and Richard Adamson met President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama and former President Clinton on Tuesday while planting trees in honor of Earth Day. Deza and Adamson are a part of the environmental group Student Conservation Association (SCA) that helps protect and restore national parks.
Members of the Student Conservation Association will be hosting a park cleanup for Earth Day on Saturday. Here, Obama helps the SCA plant trees in D.C.
Members of the Student Conservation Association will be hosting a park cleanup for Earth Day on Saturday. Here, Obama helps the SCA plant trees in D.C.


The President and Vice President visited the group to mark the signing of the landmark Edward M. Kennedy National Service Act that expands national service programs such as AmeriCorps, Senior Corps and other community volunteer programs. Obama and Biden met with members of the SCA and helped them plant trees in Washington, D.C.ís Kenilworth Aquatic Garden.

Deza and Adamson were chosen as two of 12 students who were selected because of the effort that they had put into the organization. "We have a lot of students that we work with but these students have been involved for a long time and have put a lot of work into SCA," SCA program coordinator Rebecca Brown said.

For Adamson, the opportunity to meet the president was a chance that he will never forget. "It was an incredible experience," Adamson said. "[Obama] was really funny and he was a hard worker. He was as charming as he is on TV."

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