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Delaware's Sussex Tech High School Builds Conservation Foundation

Dave Waters has been an active Ducks Unlimited member since the early 1980s, serving in a variety of positions from chapter delegate to Delaware state shoot chairman, but his biggest success may have been through his side job as a substitute teacher at Sussex Technical High School in Georgetown, Delaware. "There are a lot of 'camo kids,' and as I met them, I found a great interest in wingshooting and clays shooting," Waters says. "I thought Ducks Unlimited would be a good fit here, and pursued it with school officials."

Louisiana's First Varsity Chapter Bags Big Dollars for the Ducks

In 2005, Ducks Unlimited Varsity was introduced in high schools to offer students a way to merge school pride, leadership development, and a love for the outdoors and conservation. With nearly two dozen DU Varsity chapters already established across the country, 17-year-old Connor Gisclair was curious when he saw an ad about the program in Ducks Unlimited magazine. He and several of his friends from South Lafourche High School in Cut Off, Louisiana, are passionate about waterfowl hunting and Louisiana's marshes. So he made a call.

The Untold Story of Today's Youth

Ducks Unlimited's college and high school chapters may be among our best-kept secrets, but we're about to change that.

About Ducks Varsity

The first Ducks Unlimited high school chapter fundraising event was held in 2003 at Collierville High School in Collierville, Tennessee. Ducks Unlimited began to promote the DU Varsity program on a national level in 2013; since then, the number of active chapters in the United States has increased steadily. In 2015, 38 chapters from 22 different states were responsible for raising more than $300,000 in event income for wetland conservation. DU Varsity volunteers have the opportunity to take part in the many leadership and networking opportunities the program provides in addition to supporting DU’s mission and learning about conservation.

Ducks Varsity

High school students across the country are starting DU Varsity chapters and attending local events. Join the DU Varsity team and earn your letter today! Visit us at www.ducks.org/varsity to find or start your local chapter. For additional information contact Ducks Unlimited Manager of Youth & Education Programs, Mark Horobetz, at (901) 758-3892 or mhorobetz@ducks.org.

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