Some troublemakers deserve our praise, or so the thinking at the television show "Moyers & Company" goes. Earlier this month, the program named Zack Kopplin, a 19-year-old history major at Rice University, its first-ever "Troublemaker of the Year", which recognizes students who speak their minds on major issues.

Since his senior year in high school, Kopplin has fought the "creep of creationist curricula" (as "Moyers & Company" put it) in public school science classrooms.

How does he do it? By any and all means necessary. He debates creationists, curries influencers' support by signing Nobel laureates to his cause, rallies the general public's support through Change.org petitions, and calls politicians out who seek cheap political points by denying climate change, rejecting evolution and appealing to a evangelical base. Pretty badass for a 19-year-old, right? Host Bill Moyers certainly thinks so. Check out the video above to see why.

H/T: Upworthy.com

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    The following 17 senators all scored under 10 in the League of Conservation Voters' <a href="http://scorecard.lcv.org/sites/scorecard.lcv.org/files/LCV_Scorecard_2012.pdf">2012 National Environmental Scorecard</a>. The senators' scores are based on 14 votes on bills related to offshore drilling, Gulf restoration, oil subsidies, power plant air pollution and other environmental topics. While over a dozen senators received fewer than 10 points, 37 senators received over 90 points on LCV's 100-point scale. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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  • Jim Risch (R-Idaho)

    <a href="http://scorecard.lcv.org/sites/scorecard.lcv.org/files/LCV_Scorecard_2012.pdf">2012 Score</a> (out of 100 points): 7 (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

  • Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)

    <a href="http://scorecard.lcv.org/sites/scorecard.lcv.org/files/LCV_Scorecard_2012.pdf">2012 Score</a> (out of 100 points): 7 (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • Mike Lee (R-Utah)

    <a href="http://scorecard.lcv.org/sites/scorecard.lcv.org/files/LCV_Scorecard_2012.pdf">2012 Score</a> (out of 100 points): 7 (AP Photo/Steve C. Wilson, File)

  • Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) [Retired Jan. 2013]

    <a href="http://scorecard.lcv.org/sites/scorecard.lcv.org/files/LCV_Scorecard_2012.pdf">2012 Score</a> (out of 100 points): 7 (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

  • Dean Heller (R-Nev.)

    <a href="http://scorecard.lcv.org/sites/scorecard.lcv.org/files/LCV_Scorecard_2012.pdf">2012 Score</a> (out of 100 points): 7 (AP Photo/Scott Sady)

  • Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)

    <a href="http://scorecard.lcv.org/sites/scorecard.lcv.org/files/LCV_Scorecard_2012.pdf">2012 Score</a> (out of 100 points): 7 (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

  • Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.)

    <a href="http://scorecard.lcv.org/sites/scorecard.lcv.org/files/LCV_Scorecard_2012.pdf">2012 Score</a> (out of 100 points): 7 (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • Jim Demint (R-S.C.) [Resigned Jan. 2013]

    <a href="http://scorecard.lcv.org/sites/scorecard.lcv.org/files/LCV_Scorecard_2012.pdf">2012 Score</a> (out of 100 points): 7 (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Bob Corker (R-Tenn.)

    <a href="http://scorecard.lcv.org/sites/scorecard.lcv.org/files/LCV_Scorecard_2012.pdf">2012 Score</a> (out of 100 points): 7 (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

  • Tom Coburn (R-Okla.)

    <a href="http://scorecard.lcv.org/sites/scorecard.lcv.org/files/LCV_Scorecard_2012.pdf">2012 Score</a> (out of 100 points): 7 (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

  • John Barrasso (R-Wyo.)

    <a href="http://scorecard.lcv.org/sites/scorecard.lcv.org/files/LCV_Scorecard_2012.pdf">2012 Score</a> (out of 100 points): 7 (Photo by Pete Marovich/Getty Images)

  • Pat Toomey (R-Pa.)

    <a href="http://scorecard.lcv.org/sites/scorecard.lcv.org/files/LCV_Scorecard_2012.pdf">2012 Score</a> (out of 100 points): 0 (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • Rand Paul (R-Ky.)

    <a href="http://scorecard.lcv.org/sites/scorecard.lcv.org/files/LCV_Scorecard_2012.pdf">2012 Score</a> (out of 100 points): 0 (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

  • John McCain (R-Ariz.)

    <a href="http://scorecard.lcv.org/sites/scorecard.lcv.org/files/LCV_Scorecard_2012.pdf">2012 Score</a> (out of 100 points): 0 (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

  • Ron Johnson (R-Wis.)

    <a href="http://scorecard.lcv.org/sites/scorecard.lcv.org/files/LCV_Scorecard_2012.pdf">2012 Score</a> (out of 100 points): 0 (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

  • Dan Coats (R-Ind.)

    <a href="http://scorecard.lcv.org/sites/scorecard.lcv.org/files/LCV_Scorecard_2012.pdf">2012 Score</a> (out of 100 points): 0 (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)