Area students earn Youth Day awards
CHARLESTON -- Youth groups and individuals from throughout West Virginia were recently presented with $15,000 worth of awards at the West Virginia Youth Environmental Day at North Bend State Park in Cairo.
Housed under the state Department of Environmental Protection, the Youth Environmental Program is celebrating its 50th year and has sponsored Youth Environmental Day every year.
Awards were presented based on participation in community environmental projects such as litter cleanups, recycling drives, school beautification projects, tree planting, backyard composting, wildlife management and watershed protection.
Local winners include:
Rick Vecellio Memorial Scholarship: Sequoya Bua-Iam, Winfield High School, awarded to an active Youth Environmental Program member with exemplary conduct throughout his/her school years. Recipient receives $2,500 per year for four years.
West Virginia Forestlands & Wood Products Art Awards: Izabelle King, Mountaineers 4-H Club, Mason County (grade school winner); Kamille Bonecutter, Haer Bears 4-H Club, Mason County (high school winner), $150 award.
Bear Category Environmental Award: Mountaineers 4-H Club, Mason County. This $500 award is presented to a youth group completing projects that answer an environmental need, whose members are ages 12-14 years.
Mountain Laural Category Environmental Award: Busy 4's 4-H Club, Mason County. This $500 award is presented to a youth group that has completed projects addressing an environmental need, whose members are ages 6-11.
Cardinal Art Poster Awards: Luke Sturgeon, Roadrunners 4-H Club, Mason County. Posters must depict an environmental theme and are judged on originality, quality and theme.
Rick Vecellio Memorial Art Poster Awards: McKinzey Haverty, Jim Ridge Challengers 4-H Club, Putnam County; Brooke Welch, Winfield Scotts 4-H Club, Putnam County, $100 award.
Youth Environmental Hall of Fame Awards: Elizabeth Blankenship, Mountaineers 4-H Club, Mason County, $200 award.
District Coordinators' Awards: Winfield Scotts 4-H Club, Putnam County, $200 award.
Environmental Achievement Award: American Heritage Girls WV 1816, Putnam County, $300 award.
Wildlife Management Award: Go Getters 4-H Club, Mason County, $300.
Recycling Education and Awareness Award: Point Pleasant Junior/Senior High Environmental Buddies, Mason County, $300.
Save Our Streams Award: Winfield High School Environmental Action Club, Putnam County, $300.
Environmental Education Award: Ashton Elementary Second Grade Class, Mason County.
REAP Adopt-A-Spot Award: Schultz Ridge Runners 4-H Club, Mason County.
REAP Recycling Power Point Presentation Award: Haer Bears 4-H Club, Mason County.