Zack Kopplin, the former high school student (now at Rice University), worked tirelessly to repeal the wrongly-named “Louisiana Science Education Act” — a bill which actually “encourages the state’s science teachers to miseducate their students about the scientific standing of evolution and climate change.”
… the award was established in 1979 and is intended to “honor individuals who have made significant contributions in the vital effort to protect and enhance First Amendment rights for all Americans. The award winners, many of whom are unsung heroes, come from various walks of life.” Kopplin will receive a cash award of $5,000 and a commemorative plaque.
… and a trip to the Playboy Mansion for the reception. (For Science!)