First WCLT Scholarship Awarded
The first $500 WCLT Scholarship is awarded to graduating senior Rebecca Danis, who wrote about the problems of invasive bittersweet along local roads. Her Earth Day essay was chosen among those submitted addressing one of three topics:
- What is an environmental issue affecting a natural resource in Westborough and what solution would you propose?
- What does it mean to be a responsible steward of our town's natural resources? How would you encourage others to become good stewards, in Westborough and beyond? or
- How would you protect Westborough's natural heritage? Is there a place in Westborough you think is especially important to protect? Why?
Ben Gitkind received Honorable Mention for his essay on air quality and the burning of fossil fuels.
“With this scholarship,” says Allison Gergely, chairman of the WCLT Scholarship Committee, “the Westborough Community Land Trust hopes to inspire the youth in our community to become keen observers of our natural spaces, as well as reflective thinkers regarding the impact of human activity--good or bad--on our environment.
“The Land Trust is happy to recognize Rebecca’s effort and sensitivity to the environment as illustrated in her essay on invasive plant species in our town,” adds Gergely. “We sincerely hope she will continue to share her interest in nature with others. Nurturing connections with the natural world provides us all with opportunities for lifelong learning and satisfaction.”
Rebecca plans on continuing her studies at Wells College in Aurora, New York.