2009年素食资源小组奖学金亚军

Thank you to the St. Louis Vegetarian Society (STLVS) for sponsoring a runner-up prize for our annual vegetarian scholarship, which was awarded to 达科他州 Young for 2009. The STLVS is very proud of all the students'努力支持我们作为素食主义者的利益。


达科他·杨 from South 达科他州 had this to say in her entry:

"我是拉科塔(Lakota)女人,作为拉科塔(Lakota),我会执行传统仪式。练习我的文化很困难的原因是我们吃了许多不同的动物:蛇,badge和水牛。我社区的长者承认我是素食主义者,但仍然认为我应该吃传统餐。我获得的最大成功是让学校允许素食者选择并使用计算机进行解剖。我是如此兴奋!我仍在努力克服获得长辈认可的挑战,但我认为,如果我可以告诉他们,素食主义者将有助于预防子孙后代的糖尿病,那么我可以得到他们的认可。

"我已经吃素十多年了。在疯牛病期间严重食物中毒后,我成为素食主义者。起初,我受到了这种效果的伤害,但是在避免吃肉的过程中,我进行了关于素食主义者的感觉以及素食主义者带来的许多好处的研究。然后,我研究了动物权利,并根据我的研究迅速成为一名维权人士。自从我8岁起就很难让人听到我想说的话,但是现在我一获得奖项或荣誉就一直感谢我的饮食。我被称为“归乡女王”之后,我告诉人们要拯救鲸鱼。很多人都知道我'hippie'但要尊重我的决定

"我的学校食堂现在提供各种选择,例如素食汉堡,素食烤宽面条以及PB和J三明治。他们制作一小批素食薄煎饼和其他需要鸡蛋和牛奶并使用替代品的商品。那些在午餐卡上标明自己是素食主义者的人可以带外来食物和饮料(健康的食物!)。在上学期间,我和我的朋友阿尔娜(Arna)也在忙着要求零食,因为我们总是很饿,而当我们的学校开始按计划安排时间时,我们便实施了零食。我们现在在第二节课上吃零食。

"实际选择素食的过程十分艰巨。政府担心我们会花钱给他们,有些人可能反对替代。他们认为学生不会获取营养和维生素,大豆和某些水果可能会引起一些过敏。我和Arna强调说,这是一种选择,学生可以选择是否进餐。我们在美国原住民社区做了一些关于糖尿病和肥胖症的演讲,以及如何成为植物人- ian大大降低了风险,并降低了选择的健康程度。我们举例说明了菜单以及每餐中所含的食物。我们建议给学生一张卡片,向厨师和保安员表明我们是素食主义者,并在必要时允许自己带午餐。我们向学生提出警告,如果他们想吃素食,他们应该看看自己是否有过敏反应,或者不确定是否要避免这种选择。

"我们进行了几次演示,并进行了许多研究,主管部门考虑了这些研究,并在获得了如此多的签名并快速浏览了新规则和新选择之后最终进行了研究。我们显示了警告标志和将要提供的卡片。我们受到严格的指示,只有那些'legitimate'提供素食者/素食者携带外来食物的卡。我和Arna必须提供说明和讲座,但是我们获得了新建立的选项。"

达科他州'的朋友阿尔娜·两鹰说,"Dakota made vegan cookies and brownies for student council when they were having a bake sale and encouraged people to drink water. 达科他州's family and my family both attend the same church and both practice the Lakota ceremonies. We are Lakota, and when we do sun dances, we are required to eat animals. At wakes and pow-wows, we are often served beef stew and buffalo jerky. Some elders frown upon us for not accepting the meals, while others understand and respect our decisions. It has been really hard, but we each incorporated that vegan beef stew and fruit leather be used instead of real beef and buffalo. Being Lakota and a vegetarian is hard, but we will stand with our beliefs. The good thing about everyone getting along with 达科他州 is that they are more open and accepting to the vegetarian lifestyle we have chosen. After being named MVP or All-Tourney, 达科他州 thanks her vegetarian diet every time. Aside from the animal rights, we have also founded the recycling group and are chairs for Unci Maka week, which is the preservation of Grandmother Earth. 达科他州 really deserves this scholarship because, being Lakota and being in a state where rodeo is the state sport, she doesn'她的生活方式中没有很多追随者,但确实得到了接受。她确实有很多仰慕者和拥护者,获得此奖项将有助于她提高素食和动物权利意识。"

One of 达科他州's teachers said, "First off, I want to say 达科他州 is such a sweetheart. She is adored by faculty and student body alike, which showed when she was recently named 首页coming Queen. 达科他州 is highly active in community services and is often seen tutoring students from the Rosebud Alternative Program, playing the piano at church, judging for royalty at pow-wows, taking charge for the 首页coming, and going door to door to collect food, blankets, and other necessities for the 首页less."

达科他州 stated, "我不吃任何肉。我不吃拉科塔斯人所吃的鱼,禽,牛肉,猪肉或其他动物。我更喜欢豆浆和有机食品,而不是真实的食品,但是我所在地区没有提供这些素食的商店。许多素食价格很高,因为我们来自一个素食主义者很少的社区。 。我一年没有在家吃素汉堡,也没有七个月左右的自制素千层面。

达科他州 hopes to pursue degrees in chemical engineering, math, and pharmacy.

毕业并成为姐姐和年轻一代的积极榜样很重要 to her. After her schooling, 达科他州 said, "我计划返回Rosebud在印度卫生服务局工作。作为一名药剂师,我会鼓励素食主义者饮食以预防糖尿病。"

Ultimately, 达科他州 hopes to work with Doctors Without Borders. After that, she would like to become a math teacher for an alternative program.


有关申请VRG的信息'针对促进素食主义的高中生提供的两项$ 5,000大学奖学金,参观 www.blackmugmedia.com。 2010年竞赛的参赛作品必须以2月20日星期六为邮戳。要阅读有关先前获奖者的信息,请参阅 www.vrg.org/student/scholar.htm.