Announcing the winners of the 2016
Nature’s Voices Project Student Stories Contest!
We were thrilled to have received so many outstanding essays about students’ transformative experiences as youth environmentalists and Green Schools Advocates. Please read the stories from the winners and Finalists – you will be sure to be inspired by their stories!
GRAND PLACE WINNER: Eden Vitoff (Chicago, Illinois). Eden wrote about his experiences planning and implementing the Green LYFE Project, connecting students across Illinois with environmental campaigns. Eden will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming Green Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania! Read his story here.
SECOND PLACE WINNER: Silas Swanson (Saranac Lake, New York). Silas wrote a moving essay about his love for snow skiing and his leadership role with the Adirondack Youth Climate Summit. Read his winning essay here.
THIRD PLACE WINNER #1: Yanni Gregoryson (Plymouth, Massachusetts): Yanni wrote about an inspiring journey with the Roots and Shoots, including involvement with the National Youth Council. Read the story here.
THIRD PLACE WINNER #2: Carolyn Lam (Los Angeles, CA): Carolyn shared her experiences as a student with the Environmental Charter High School, from outdoor field trips to the Green Ambassadors leadership class. Read her story here.
- Savannah P. (Utah): “The Dawn of My Pursuit” — Savannah wrote about participating in Sustainable Summer in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
- Yesenia (Chicago, Illinois): “My Experience as a Field Researcher!” — Yesenia wrote about her inspirational time during an Earth Watch excursion.
- Vanessa I. (Los Angeles, CA): “There’s Green in L.A.?” — Vanessa wrote about her experiences at the Environmental Charter High School in Lawndale and the value of an environmentally-themed education.
- Rhea G. (Milford, MA): “An Environment for Everyone” – Rhea wrote about her transformative service learning work with Groundwork USA in Bridgeport, CT.
- Stephanie V. (Eden, Utah): “How Science Changed My Life” – Stephanie described her passion for the environment, from her journey doing groundbreaking science work with aquaponics to her role on the Roots and Shoots Leadership Council.
- McKenna (San Francisco, CA): “The Unseen Devastation of Silicon Valley” – – McKenna wrote about her dedication to work on mercury pollution, a huge issue in California’s Silicon Valley.
- Carter & Olivia Ries (Georgia): “Being the Solution to the Issue of Plastic Pollution” – Carter and Olivia wrote about their inspirational work as environmental educators, organizers and activists through the non-profit they founded: “One More Generation.”
- Gabby D. (Voorheesville, NY): “Styrofoam – Yuck!” – Gabby writes about the environmental and health impacts of styrofoam, and her quest to eliminate it in her school and district.