Sophie Leiter is a Junior at Woodstock Union High School in Woodstock, VT.. She attends an academy for ski racing during the winter months. Living in Vermont, she has come to love the outdoors and the opportunities it creates for people. She has hiked and biked all over Vermont and is eternally grateful for the privilege of living in what she considers one of the most beautiful places in the US.
She lives with her father, mother, an older sister, and an overweight Maine Coon Cat who is more of a sibling than a pet. She is interested in sustainability and conservation because she "lives in such a beautiful place and she wants it to stay beautiful." She is also passionate about alternative energies.
Last year She traveled to Houston, TX for the ISWEEEP (International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering, and the Environment Project) Olympiad for a project on ethanol made from paper. She is the Chair of the Alternative Energy Committee of Change the World Kids. The group is currently in the process of designing a bike-powered blender as well as an up-cycled solar cell from chipped and broken pieces of solar cells.
Last June she traveled to Monteverde, Costa Rica with Change the World Kids. The group raises money to buy tracts of land to then plant trees on the land with the help of volunteers. Participants learn and educate on the importance of reforestation for native species of birds and neo-tropical migrant species.