Awards and Recognition

  • 2017 Global Youth Service Day Lead Agency
  • 2017 YSA Community Partner
  • 2017 NYLC Conference Affiliate
  • 2017 NC Science Festival
  • 2017 Beneath The Sea Discovery Scholarship (Braden McPhillips)
  • 2017 SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Youth Advisory Council (Makayla Harris)
  • 2016 EarthEcho International Youth Leadership Council (Katelyn Higgins)
  • 2016 Global Youth Service Day Lead Agency
  • 2016 NC Science Festival Partner
  • 2015 NSHSS Foundation & Captain Planet Foundation Earth Day Award
  • 2015 NCSMT Student Leadership Award in Science, Mathematics & Technology Education
  • 2014 Peter Benchley Ocean Awards: Christopher Benchley Youth Ocean Award
  • 2014 The Gloria Barron Prize For Young Heroes
  • 2014 Build-A-Bear Workshop Huggable Hero
  • 2014 NC Governor’s Volunteer Service Award
  • 2014 Daily Point of Light Award
  • 2014 Hasbro Community Action Hero Semi-finalist
  • 2013 Greater Greenville Community Foundation Youth Philanthropy Award
  • 2013 Nestle Very Best In Youth
  • 2013 Youth Emcee for NYLC Service Learning Conference – Denver, CO
  • 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Award
  • 2013 President’s Volunteer Service Award
  • 2012 Youth Ocean Conservation Film Winner
  • 2012 Teens for Planet Earth and Wildlife Conservation Society Gold National Award
  • 2012 Awards For Program Impact Excellence – Boys & Girls Clubs North Carolina Area Council – Education & Career Development Category for The Upstream Downstream Connection Camp
  • 2012 President’s Volunteer Service Award
  • 2012 Founded The Outdoor Experience
  • 2012 August – Sport Diver Magazine
  • 2012 May Sea Hero – Scuba Diving Magazine
  • 2012 Project Earth – Earth Day Winner
  • 2012 National Youth Leadership Service-Learning Excellence Award for Upstream Downstream Connection Camps
  • 2011 Coastal Living – March 2011 Coastal Hero
  • 2011 Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Advocate
  • 2011 Sea World Busch Gardens Environmental Excellence Award
  • 2011 Prudential Spirit of Community Award
  • 2011 Action For Nature International Eco-Hero Award
  • 2011 Junior Intern Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center
  • 2011 Founded NC Students Make A Difference
  • 2011 Founded The Upstream Downstream Connection Summer Camp
  • 2011 President’s Volunteer Service Award
  • 2010 The Gloria Barron Award, Honor Roll
  • 2010 Oceana “Take the Pledge” public service announcement $100K Matching Campaign featuring Ted Danson, Sam Waterston, Anna Torv, January Jones, Sam Trammel, John Halas and Casey.
  • 2010 Kohl’s Kids Who Care Scholarship Program – Local & Regional Winner
  • 2010 Nicodemus Wilderness Project Winner 2nd Runner up
  • 2010 President’s Volunteer Service Award
  • 2010 Junior Intern Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center
  • 2010 Co-founded The Great Bake For Oceans’ Sake
  • 2009 Created Fair Trade Organic Sea Turtle Blend Coffee by Joe Van Gogh
  • 2009 Spokesperson for Oceana’s “Adopt A Creature” program
  • 2009 Ocean Heroes Award Nominee
  • 2008 The Gloria Barron Award, Distinguished Finalist
  • 2006 Founded Help Them L.A.S.T. Love A Sea Turtle