UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: FAIRFIELD COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL STUDENT PARTICIPATES IN NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PRESS EVENT

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FAIRFIELD COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL STUDENT PARTICIPATES IN NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PRESS EVENT

FAIRFIELD COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL STUDENT PARTICIPATES IN NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
PRESS EVENT IN YELLOWSTONE PARK
 May 22, 2012. Fairfield, Easton. Fairfield Country Day School seventh grade student, Tommy Whiteley of Easton, recently attended a four-day press tour in Yellowstone National Park for the new National Geographic Channels Mini-Series, Untamed Americas, hosted by National Geographic and in partnership with Rocket21, which is the only social networking platform designed to safely connect kids and teens with professionals and experts representing industries, professions, passions, and movements that span the globe.
Tommy Whiteley joined reporters from the Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Tribune, Hollywood Reporter, Instagram, TV Guide, USA Today, Vanity Fair (Italy), and Yahoo TV, as the official press member representing Rocket21. Whiteley was selected by Rocket21 for the trip based on his active participation on Rocket21, where he has expressed his deep passion, curiosity, concern, and knowledge regarding nature, animals, and the environment.
The tour will included stops in Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley and Hayden Valley, with extensive opportunities to observe and learn about an amazing array of wildlife including gray wolves, mountain lions, black and grizzly bears, big horn sheep, bison, bald eagles, and many more. The trip featured extensive interactions with filmmakers and wildlife experts and naturalists, including multi-award winning director and series producer Karen Bass, producer/cinematographer Andy Mitchell, and Yellowstone Expert and Naturalist Casey Anderson, as well as a screening of the premiere episode of the series, Untamed Americas: Mountains. The series is narrated by Academy Award-nominated actor, Josh Brolin, and will premiere in the U.S. June 10-11 on National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD and Nat Geo MUNDO.
I was first drawn to Rocket 21 as a way to broaden my lifelong love of animals. This new Rocket21 project with National Geographic Channel is exactly what I envisioned,” said Tommy Whiteley. “It was an honor to be asked by Rocket 21 to represent my generation of future naturalists on this amazing trip to Yellowstone.”
“Kids on Rocket21 have expressed an intense interest in having access to authentic experts and content in fields related to animals and nature,” said Mark Grayson, Rocket21 CEO. “We couldn’t be more excited to have had Tommy represent our community as we begin this new collaboration with National Geographic Channels – which, among other things, will enable Rocket21 members to engage directly with their amazing experts.” Rocket21 has just launched a contest on its website for kids to submit photos of nature for a chance to win a trip for four to Washington, DC to attend the premiere and party for this new National Geographic series. Additional information can be found at www.rocket21.com
Fairfield Country Day School is an independent school for boys in grades pre-K through 9, founded in 1936. Our broad-based curriculum offers challenging academics balanced by a rich selection of music, art, and athletics for the engagement and exploration of every boy. Country Day's all-boys learning environment instills integrity, scholarship, and respect and allows each boy to develop the confidence to take risks, discover strengths, and excel.
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