Winner: 2008 Best Personal & Active Involvement:

Winner: 2010 Best Personal & Active Involvement:

Gone Forever ..................................................

Jennifer was 14 when she started her own bird rescue. She did a lot of research and later took a 12 week course which included 8 hours in a veterinary clinic doing hands on training; she then got her Certification as a Veterinary Assistant. Since then, she has done an extensive amount of research on the needs of birds including: behavioral issues, nutritional needs, illnesses and diseases, physical and psychological trauma. She has her own YouTube and specializes in resolving plucking and aggressive behaviors. She has rescued, rehabilitated and re-homed over 600 birds and in 2011 built a large outdoor aviary for flight and enrichment for rescued birds and opened a facility to house 40+ birds. She has also built an indoor aviary. She plans to build 20ft aviaries in 2012. Her group provides educational programs and seminars. She plans to be an avian veterinarian.

Well, I entered, and my essay, "Improving Community Safety," won!

I’ve flown before, but never without my parents.

You can also be a smart shopper and never buy a pet that has been raised in the wilderness.

The world is made up of many living things, and each thing is dependent on the others to survive.

But when we got to the airport and met the other people in our group, I relaxed.

Many of them have died, and without special care, they may someday disappear from the Earth.

Why is it important to care for animals like these?

Alvarez, was really friendly and easy to talk to.

The other winner is a 15-year-old boy named Eddie.

Sofia has been involved in numerous campaigns around Mexico to address overpopulation and animal neglect. She ran a free spaying and neutering campaign with Fundacion Luca where 55 dogs and 11 cats were sterilized and co-organized the first "Adoption Expo" in Monterrey for dog adoption, fundraising, and public education. Sofia was chosen to participate in "Pedigree Adoptame," the Mexican version of the Pedigree Adoption Drive, as one of 32 shelter owners from around Mexico. Sofia plans to expand her efforts and continue to have an immense impact for animals.

Irene and Eddie both seemed like a lot of fun.

Alvarez that I thought I could spend a whole year in New York and still not see everything!

When I see you at Mom’s birthday party next week, I will tell you all about the sightseeing we are going to do tomorrow.

She also loved planning and organizing events.

This has caused the black rhino to be placed on the endangered species list.

The elephant seems to represent all that is strong and wild in Africa.

What is the biggest snake you have seen?

In high school, Sofia Prado founded Huaperros, a shelter and clinic in Monterrey Mexico, for stray and companion animals specializing in dogs. Sofia has helped 144 animals including 110 dogs who have been adopted, rehomed, vaccinated, spayed and neutered, or returned to their owners; she also created an educational handbook to empower students to help animals which she distributed widely in her community.

Are there any poisonous snakes in your country?

It, too, is becoming extinct as people take over more and more of the land that is the cheetah's natural habitat.

Imagine Africa without the powerful rhino, the gentle, intelligent elephant, or the lightning quick cheetah.

We drove to the TeenSay offices downtown.

Once they are gone, they are gone forever.

Wherever people are careless about the land, there are endangered species.

Grizzly bears like to wander great distances.