International conservation award earned by UCS sixth grader
International conservation award earned by UCS sixth grader
Posted on 05/16/2019
Trinity next to Muir conservation sign
A Utica Community Schools sixth grader has been honored nationally for her work to promote conversation efforts for amphibians.

Trinity Favazza – a Switzer Elementary student and the officially designated Mayor of Amphibiville at the Detroit Zoo - received the Future Leaders of Amphibian Conservation Scholarship and presented at the annual Amphibian Conservation Research Symposium in Manchester, England April 27-28. 

The symposium and scholarship are organized by Manchester Metropolitan University in collaboration with Chester Zoo and the Amphibian Survival Alliance and brings together amphibian conservation experts to share research and strategies.

Favazza also has earned a multitude of distinctions, including the John Muir Conservation Award for Youth Environmental Advocacy. The award was presented April 20 during the John Muir Earth Day celebration at the Muir Historic Site in Martinez, California. 

In January, Trinity was honored with the Daily Point of Light Award, created by the administration of President George H. W. Bush to honor individuals and groups creating meaningful change across America. 

In late 2018, she submitted a proclamation to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to declare a statewide Amphibian Conservation Awareness Week, which was adopted and set annually for the first week of December. 

In September of last year, Favazza was one of 10 students nationally to receive the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2018 President’s Environmental Youth Award. She was recognized for her work to protect local wetlands and raise awareness of amphibian conservation as Mayor of Amphibiville.