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David Sternberg, 215-814-5548
WASHINGTON - Students from St. Paul High School in St. Paul, Va., today received the President’s Environmental Youth Award from President George W. Bush at a White House ceremony. Since 1971, EPA has sponsored the President’s Environmental Youth Award, which recognizes young people for projects that promote environmental awareness in their communities.
The St. Paul students were selected for their Team Estonoa project, which transformed a mosquito-infested swamp into an outdoor wetland classroom for the St. Paul community.
“I’m extremely proud of the students from St. Paul’s Team Estonoa. These young leaders are using their skills to address problems in their community and develop its natural resources, leaving a legacy for the next generation,” said Donald S. Welsh, regional administrator for EPA’s mid-Atlantic region.
Students from all 50 states and the U.S. territories from kindergarten through grade 12 are invited to participate in the program. Each year, contestants submit projects for the competition to EPA’s 10 regional offices. Regional panels judge projects based on established criteria including environmental need, accomplishment of goals, long term environmental benefits and positive impact on local communities.
The representatives of St. Paul’s High School’s Team Estonoa honored at the White House today were students, Dara N. Castle, Julie S. Fields, Britney D. Hall, Andrea J. Stewart, Zachary D. Addington, Joshua S. Hamilton, and William T. Stanley.
More information on the President’s Environmental Youth Award program, as well as a listing of the 2004 award winners and their projects, is available at: http://www.epa.gov/enviroed/awards.html.