Emilia stood out among her year’s applicants with her passionate and well-written essay.  She told us of a French female scientist that had come to her village while studying for her geology degree, and had impressed upon her the importance of environmental conservation.  From this experience, Emilia developed a  profound understanding of   conservation and how could benefit her community, as well as a clear direction for her career and life’s work.  At just 14 years old, Emilia shows maturity, personal responsibility, and drive. Her dream is to create an organization in the Comarca to educate people about the natural environment, and to utilize and protect the services it provides for future generations.