Attributions: 
Lana Hiskey

Denise Villarta, science teacher at Maple Mountain High School, was selected to be a faculty adviser for the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment held this month at George Mason University. The week long summit has invited top high school students from all over the U.S. to study and discuss environment issues with government and industry leaders in Washington D.C.

Denise Villarta passionately instructs students in Chemistry and AP Chemistry at Maple Mountain High School in Spanish Fork, Utah.  She is also experienced in teaching Physics and AP Physics, possessing a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington, and an Master of Business Administration from National University. 

During Mrs. Villarta’s fifteen years as an educator, she has been honored as the Utah Science Teacher of the Year and more recently as the American Chemical Society’s Outstanding Utah Chemistry Educator for 2010.   Her passion for environmental science includes those challenges currently faced by the Intermountain West, such as the disposal of nuclear waste in Utah and Nevada, and environmental damage caused by the mining industry over the past century and a half.

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