The Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board (ORSSAB) welcomes Olivia Fleenor as a new student representative to the board. She will serve on the board for a one-year term.
ORSSAB is a federally chartered citizens’ panel that provides recommendations to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management, which is responsible for the cleanup of the Oak Ridge Reservation. Each year the board seats non-voting student representatives from area high schools to participate and share the viewpoints of local students on environmental issues.
Olivia will be a senior at Hardin Valley Academy in the fall. She is an honors and advanced placement student who enjoys chemistry and biology. She hopes to attend John Hopkins University and plans to pursue a professional career in medical research after college.
She is a member of the Hardin Valley Academy’s Wind Ensemble and Marching Band and has been in the last three Knox County Honor Bands. Olivia was also selected to participate in the 2017 East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association.
Olivia is active in her community and has volunteered over 400 hours in the last few years. She focuses her volunteer activities with her church and nursing homes. She is particularly passionate about helping Alzheimer's patients.
She has participated in two mission trips that have shaped her life. In 2016, Olivia worked with the Dream Center in Los Angeles to send aid and hope to the homeless. In 2017, she travelled to Guatemala with Living Water Ministries and helped many schools and orphanages.
ORSSAB meets the second Wednesday of most months at 6 p.m. at the DOE Information Center located at 1 Science.gov Way in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Additional information about the board and its student representatives is available online at www.energy.gov/orssab or by calling ORSSAB staff (865) 241-4584.