Today is Earth Day and Lower Trent Conservation is marking the occasion by handing out awards for its annual Caring For Our Watershed contest.
The contest saw 111 local students, in grades seven, eight and nine, submit ideas to tackle a local environmental issue.
East Northumberland Secondary School’s Emma Ellis was the big winner and was awarded $1,000 for her proposal to raise awareness about proper disposal of prescription drugs.
Matching prizes were also handed out to area schools, based on how their students finished and there were smaller school prizes for participation as well.
Here’s the full list of winners:
1) Emma Ellis (East Northumberland SS) – Reducing Prescription Drugs in Our Watershed – Prize $1,000
2) Gezhii Smoke-Lefort (Roseneath Centennial PS) – Revitalizing Rice Lake – Prize $900
3) Mason Demczyna and Max Towers (Murray Centennial PS) – What are YOU putting in the garbage? – Prize $800
4) Kira Tromp (Murray Centennial PS) – Stopping Pollution is the Best Solution – Prize $700
5) Josh Quick (Murray Centennial PS) – Dealing With Zebra Mussels – Prize $600
6) Sophia DiCresce (Sacred Hart Catholic School Batawa) – Go Low-Flow to Save H2O and Dough! – Prize $500
SCHOOL MATCHING PRIZES (BASED ON WINNER PLACEMENT)
1) Murray Centennial PS – $2,100
2) East Northumberland SS – $1,000
3) Roseneath Centennial PS – $900
4) Sacred Heart Catholic School Batawa – $500
SCHOOL PARTICIPATION PRIZES (BASED ON PARTICIPATING STUDENTS PER SCHOOL)
1) Kent PS, Murray Centennial PS, Roseneath Centennial PS, East Northumberland SS – $100
2) St Mary’s Catholic Elementary, Trenton High School, Sacred Heart Catholic School Batawa – $200