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Green Youth Awards

Green Youth Award Recipients


On November 15, 2004, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency on behalf of Governor Blagojevich presented the Governor's Green Youth Awards, recognizing 4 outstanding environmental protection and conservation projects by Illinois young people.

Winners for the 2004 Green Youth Awards are:

IEPA Office of Community Relations Manager Kurt Neibergall (center) presents a 2004 Green Youth Award to representatives of Ms. Elaine Asman's fifth Grade Class at Hyde Park Elementary School in Waukegan. The students designed a project to better understand nearby ecosystems at Yeoman Creek and Lake Michigan. Accepting on behalf of the class are (left to right): Christian Spence, Luis Tafolla and Andre Vazquez.

Hyde Park Elementary School, Winnetka
Jean B. Schreiber, Sponsor

"Lake Michigan Jr. Science Corps."

In the fall of the 2003-2004 school year the fifth grade students in Mrs. Elaine Asma’s class at Hyde Park Elementary School in Waukegan decided to design a project that would enable each student to better understand the ecosystems that make up their schools environment on Yeoman Creek and Lake Michigan.

The students divided into small groups to independently study amphibians, reptiles, plants, butterflies and the community of the Creek and Lake.

Casey Frizzell (right) of Pontiac received a Green Youth Award for his designs of billboards to increase environmental awareness. He was joined by his ecology class teacher, Mr. Paul Ritter.

Pontiac Township High School, Pontiac
Paul Ritter, Sponsor

"Ecology Billboard"

Pairs of students developed billboards to increase awareness and show ways to help save some aspect of the environment. Billboards were graded on message, color, neatness, ability to provoke thought, and originality. The group judged the billboards and the winner was displayed on Route 23 next to the Livingston County Landfill.

Mr. Ritter’s ecology class won a Green Youth Award in 2002, for their storm sewer-stenciling project.

Jerry Wang of Chicago (front and center)received a 2004 Green Youth Award for his "Killers in the Lake" project that evaluated the effects of household chemicals on lake weeds. He was joined at the Springfield ceremonies (front) by his mother Hong and sister Jennis and (rear) grandfather Jun and father Jie Wang.

Jerry Wang, Chicago
Jie Wang, Sponsor

"Killers in the Lake"

This project required samples of Myriphyllum spicatum and water from Lake Michigan as well as five common household items – motor oil, steel, detergent, acidic liquids, and alkaline liquids – and observing and testing the effects of these household pollutants on the lake weeds over a three-week period.

Jerry won an Environmental Excellence Award, Outstanding Achievement Distinction, from the IEPA at the 2004 state science fair.

 Nicholas Pruitt (center) of Carlyle received a Green Youth Award for his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project for reforestation and education in Bond and Clinton counties. He was joined by his grandmother, Nadine Buchholz, and mother Robin Pruitt at the award ceremonies.

Nicholas Pruitt, Carlyle
Robin L. Pruitt, Sponsor

"Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project, Reforestation Tree ID & Education"

Nick planned a reforestation and education project for his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project. In addition to planning the project, Nick had to plan a way to fund it. He held a memory Tree Sale from November 15 – December 15, 2002. Trees purchased were planted in memory or honor of someone. He contacted the Bond County Soil and Water Conservation District and they agreed to sell the trees at a discount. A total of 171 trees were sold for $5.00 and $10.00. The price included the tree, fertilizer, a location marker and free planting.

In April Nick solicited volunteers from his scout troop, Troop 225 from Breese to help plant the trees. They were trained to plant the trees and were given a copy of planting instructions for reference. A coordinated planting calendar was made so all of the trees would be planted in one week. Nick and his mother sorted the trees and kept them moist until their planting date.

Nick was able to purchase 52 trees and the books for schools in Clinton and Bond counties.

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