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EPA Encourages Students in Grades K-12 to Enter President's Environmental Youth Awards Competition

Release Date: 09/17/2008
Contact Information: Denise Morrison, (913) 551-7402,

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(Kansas City, Kan., Sept. 17, 2008) - Entries are now being sought for the 2008 President's Environmental Youth Awards, which recognize individuals, school classes (kindergarten through high school) and youth organizations for protecting our nation's air, water and land.

The program, which honors a variety of environmental projects developed by students, is open to students in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska through EPA Region 7 in Kansas City, Kan.

The program has two components: The regional certificate program and the regional award winner. Regional certificates are awarded by each of the regional offices of the EPA. Each regional office also selects one first place project as its regional award winner, and the sponsor and winner of that award travel to Washington, D.C., to receive their award.

Projects must be postmarked by Friday, October 31, 2008. Program guidelines, eligibility information and applications are available online at or by contacting Denise Morrison toll-free, 1-800-223-0425. Regional award winners will be notified in January 2009.

Here's a brief look at Region 7's award winning projects from the past three years of competition:

2007 - Stream Team #432 Water Quality Monitoring, Reeds Spring High School, Reeds Spring, Mo. - Stream Team #432 monitored water quality in streams each month after school and on weekends. The Stream Team became involved in this water stewardship project after its members studied environmental issues that affect streams in their community.

2006 - H2Owood Squares, Grand Island Northwest High School, Grand Island, Neb. - Jami Harper, a student from Grand Island Northwest High School, created a project called H2Owood Squares to teach water protection.

2005 - Young Park Prairie Restoration Project, Blue Springs South High School, Blue Springs, Mo. - Students decided to restore a portion of Young Park adjacent to the school to native Missouri prairie. The students identified invasive plants and researched species native to Missouri.