The Team

Ryann Rich – BeldingIMG_2776.JPG

HI! My  name is Ryann Rich and I attended Belding High School. I played volleyball, basketball, softball. Outside of school I enjoy camping, fishing, hunting and going to the beach. However, my most favorite activity is backpacking. During the summer of 2015 I went on an 8 day backpacking trip along the Lake Superior shoreline with my father. It was truly amazing to say the least. I saw some of the most beautiful scenery that Michigan has to offer. In college I plan to study ecology or natural resource management. Someday I hope to help people understand the value of nature and our natural resources.

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Henry Menigoz – Ontonagon

Henry Menigoz is from Ontonagon, Michigan in the Upper Peninsula. He is 15 years old and a freshman at Ontonagon Area High. For his school he plays football, basketball, track and golf and also enjoys many outdoor sports including hunting (deer, bear, rabbit, partridge), fishing, trapping, and skiing. During summer he enjoys camping on and swimming in Lake Superior.



Marissa TrombleyMarissa Trombley -Saginaw

My name is Marissa Trombley and I am a junior at Reese High School. I enjoy kayaking, fishing, running, hiking, snowmobiling, and exploring the great outdoors. I love chemistry and biology and plan to become a wildlife veterinarian. I am excited to share how wonderful and important the outdoors is through YCC.





Tyler Squires

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Tyler Squires – Midland

Hi!  My name is Tyler Jon Squires.  I am 16 years old and live with my parents and brother in Midland, Michigan.  I am in the 11th grade at Midland High School, and I play on the Midland High School varsity hockey team.  I am also involved with the Midland High School Marching/Concert Band where I play the trumpet.  I have been in Boy Scouts for 11 years, and am currently working towards my Eagle Rank.  I attend Memorial Presbyterian Church and am in the Youth Group.  I have always enjoyed the outdoors, and enjoy many outdoor sports such as fishing, hiking and snowboarding.  After high school graduation, my plan is to attend a local college and eventually pursue a career in Law Enforcement, specializing in the Department of Natural Resources.


                                                               Caroline George – Livonia

I’m Caroline George. I’m a junior at Churchill High School in Livonia. I enjoy running and have been on  my school’s cross country anCaroline George 2d track teams since I was in seventh grade. I also like swimming as well as hiking and camping. Last year my family and I camped for about 10 days in state parks from Detroit to Missouri. We did a lot of sightseeing too. We were on Route 66 and stopped at many landmarks along the way. Although I’m new to this type of project, it appeals to me because the focus is on getting young people outdoors.





Kathleen George – LivoniaKathleen George

I am Kathleen George. I am a junior at Livonia Churchill High School. I run track and cross country, and enjoy hiking and swimming. I also enjoy traveling and have visited various Northwestern and Midwestern states and Canada in recent years.





SangerJordan Sanger – Litchfield 


My name is Jordan Sanger, and I’m a Homeschooled junior from Litchfield, Michigan. Some of the things I enjoy doing out-of-doors are; Hunting, Downhill Skiing, Hiking, Horseback riding, Fishing, and 4-wheeling. The adventure never ends!



Trip Apley – Ann ArborTrip Apley

Trip Apley is a junior at Skyline High School in Ann Arbor where he is a member of the varsity tennis and lacrosse teams, and part of the National Honor Society, Veterans Support Club and student council representative. Outside of school, he is a Boy Scout, and volunteers in Detroit at the program called Summer in the City, and is a data collection leader at the Huron River Watershed Council. In his free time, Trip enjoys camping, hiking, skiing, theater, golfing, fishing, and swimming in Lake Michigan.


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Meredith Allen – Traverse City

Meredith Allen is from Traverse City, MI. She loves hiking, biking, and snowshoeing with her family. Meredith is also very active at her high school, Traverse City Central. She is co-captain of the debate team and a member of National Honors Society.




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Jake Putala – Pelkie, MI

My name is Jake Putala, and I am a senior at Baraga High School in the Upper Peninsula. As a Yooper, my lifestyle is modeled around the outdoors. Some of my favorite activities include turkey and deer hunting, kayaking, fishing, and camping. After high school, I plan on studying political science, and would like to stay involved in environmental policy.










Martin Chown – Traverse City, MI

My name is Martin Chown. I’m going to be a junior at Traverse City Central High School this fall. I love getting outdoors because the outdoors is the place where I feel like I can do the things I love, and I always feel that I am having a rewarding experience whether or not I am successful. From salmon fishing on a warm August evening to watching the sun set over a cornfield in late October, the outdoors is where I feel the most at home. By being in the Youth Conservation Council, I hope to gain a better understanding of how the DNR operates and how I can inspire young people to be more involved with the outdoors.




Zach Barrette –  Shelby Township

Barrette photoMy name is Zach Barrette. I am 17 years old and a senior at Eisenhower High School and Utica Center for Science and Industry (UCSI).  I play varsity ice hockey for my school. I plan to study mechanical engineering at Michigan Tech or Lake Superior State University next year. I love being outdoors. I’m an avid fisherman. I love to be in rivers fly fishing for trout, trolling and casting for bass, pike & walleye in our lake up north or ice fishing in the winter. I love deer hunting, boating, water skiing, and playing pond hockey in the winter. Being outdoors is a great way to relax and have fun by yourself or with others. It lets you get away from the reality of life for a little while.

During this experience, I hope to meet & collaborate with many interesting people who also love the outdoors. I am looking forward to finding new and exciting ways to get kids active outdoors to show them what nature has to offer. I hope to gain more leadership skills from this experience and be able to contribute meaningful ideas that we can implement together as a team. I am also interested in opportunities to learn more about ways to protect local watersheds and Michigan rivers to make a difference for the environment.


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Graham Smith – Lyons

My name is Graham Smith and I’m a senior at Portland St. Patrick School.  I am the youngest of four children.  Throughout high school, I have been involved in varsity athletics (cross country, basketball, and baseball).   I am also a member of the National Honor Society and Student Council, and serve as a mentor for younger students.  I am activity involved in our church and community by participating in various events, particularly those that benefit the less fortunate in our local area.  My true passion is hunting, fishing, trapping, kayaking, cutting wood – anything to do with the outdoors!   My experiences with outdoor activities have been rewarding in many ways – a means to get to know and appreciate nature, and an opportunity to spend some quality time with family and friends – as well as myself.  I’m excited to be part of the NRC Youth Conservation Council.  My hope is to learn from others’ experiences and share my enthusiasm for the love of Michigan’s outdoors!  It will also give me the opportunity to develop and strengthen my leadership and speaking skills – both of which are important for my future career aspirations.



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Kyle Wollam – Livonia

Hello! My name is Kyle Wollam, and I am a senior at Livonia Franklin High School. For as long as I can remember, I have enjoyed spending time outdoors. I love playing baseball, fishing, hunting, 4-wheeling, and any other activity that allows me to spend time enjoying the wildlife, sights, and smells of nature. My family has a cottage and 80 acres of land near Central Lake, Michigan, and I am lucky enough to be able to enjoy all of Michigan’s seasons there. After high school, I plan to major in environmental studies so that I can help maintain our natural resources and educate others about all of the benefits nature can provide. Through the YCC, I hope to be able to share my passion for the outdoors with others, and learn more about how we can help preserve those experiences for future generations.


Justin Cobb – Bark River

I am an avid outdoorsman. The outdoors provides an opportunity for me to do all of the things that I love.  Hunting big game, waterfowl and small game allows me to enjoy being in the outdoors, contributing to feeding my family and help with responsible wildlife management. Trapping is a new endeavor that has helped me to earn money for college and also control predation to ensure the future of our small game population. Fishing, camping, shotgun shooting and archery allow me to observe and use the resources that we are so fortunate to have here in the Upper Peninsula.  I am planning to pursue degrees in Wildlife Management and Conservation after high school.  My exposure to and time spent in the outdoors will help me to be successful obtaining my future goals.

The opportunity to be on the Youth Conservation Council will enable me to see how laws are made, understand more about the Department of Natural Resources and gain knowledge about wildlife management techniques. I hope to be able to contribute information about the Upper Peninsula and its resources along with problems or challenges that we face as outdoorsmen and women.  I look forward to this opportunity and continuing to enjoy the outdoors for years to come.


owen-boyceOwen Boyce – Bellaire

My name is Owen Boyce. I am 15 years old and a sophomore at Bellaire High School located in Antrim County, in the northwestern lower peninsula of Michigan. At school, I play on the varsity football and baseball teams. The outdoor activities that I enjoy most are hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking, or basically anything outside. I have been actively involved with the Boy Scouts for 7 years and am working towards my Eagle Scout rank within the next 2 years. Boy Scouts has brought me many places like the Philmont Scout Ranch, located near Cimarron, New Mexico, where I completed a 70-mile backpacking trek this past summer, and to Wawa, Canada, for canoeing and fishing trips. I have also participated in outdoor survival classes and have become skilled with this important knowledge. I have always loved the outdoors and doing outdoor activities. I am very excited to be a member of the YCC and I hope to learn a lot and meet new people with similar interests while I go through this great experience.


Joseph Duckert – St. Johns

Hi my name is Joseph Duckert, I will be a freshman at Ovid-Elsie High School this year. I enjoy hunting, fishing, biking on trails, kayaking, camping, hiking, playing sports, and spending time with my family. I look forward to sharing my ideas and working with this team.




Lyla Luoto

Lyla Luoto – Engadine



Brennan Bower

Brennan Bower – Mayville



Jordan Kenyon – Oscoda

Ryann Rich -Belding

Michael Lipinski – Roseville 

Taylor Curry – Detroit

Sam Laczynski – Laingsburg

Weengush Craven – Pellston

Hollie Monroe – Belding

Carolyn Hagler – Grand Blanc

Olivia Walker – Lapeer

Linda Clark – Detroit








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