- Youth Action
ACE Awards $25,000 in Scholarships to High School Climate Leaders
Expanded national program honors ten high school students for exceptional climate projects
Oakland, Calif., May 27, 2010 – ACE :: Alliance for Climate Education, a national nonprofit that presents dynamic climate change education programs to high school students, today announced scholarship awards totaling $25,000 to ten high school students in seven regions across the country who have taken on impressive projects to curb climate change. Winners’ projects ranged from directing films about simple green acts and creating artwork made from recycled materials to discussing climate change with local politicians and installing solar panels at school.
ACE’s scholarship program was expanded this year from Northern California to a national scope. This is ACE’s second year awarding scholarships to high school students who have a track record of leading carbon-reducing projects in their communities. Each scholarship award totals $2500 and must be applied to future collegiate study.
“This is an impressive group of young people who’ve already made a significant impact in reducing the effects of climate change in their lives, schools, and communities,” said Pic Walker, ACE executive director. “Climate change will affect their generation the most, and we’re proud to support them in becoming the leaders of tomorrow.”
ACE 2010 Scholarship winners are:
· Julia Borden (Aragon High School, San Mateo, CA): International Climate Champion displayed recyclable bottles from school trash in a large pile, revitalizing recycling
· Roodia Cribb (Codman Academy, Dorchester, MA) A founding member and president of environmental club; led recycling programs and sold reusable water bottles
· Kaily Heitz (Francis W. Parker High School, Evanston, IL): Innovative ideas include a "Do it in the Dark" campaign where classes are taught without lights once a week
· Jordan Howard (Environmental Charter High School, LA, CA): Directed film "A Day in the Life" showcasing simple green acts; won Santa Monica Teen Festival award
· Meredith Jacobson (Maret School, Washington, DC): Revitalizes school group Students for Environmental Action; raised funds to buy and distribute CFLs to community
· Dan Knickelbein (Oak Park River Forest High School, Oak Park, IL): Organized 100-person march to deliver 300 signatures for energy independence to Sen. Don Harmon
· Shoua Lor (Grant Union High School, Sacramento, CA): Co-founder of Sacramento Area Youth Sustainable Council which advices government about sustainable changes
· Julian Post (Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, Houston, TX): Overcame high peer apathy to start an environmental club and establish a school recycling program
· Adam Raudonis (Westlake High School, Westlake Village, CA): CA Climate Champ founded studentsforsolarschools.com to install solar panels on his high school
· Zena Sabath (St. Agnes Academy, Missouri City, TX): Founded Earth Week at her school; founder and president of her school's Green Club (100+ members today)
For more information about the ACE Scholarship program, including additional background about the 2010 ACE Scholarship winners, visit acespace.org.
ACE :: Alliance for Climate Education is a national nonprofit dedicated to educating America's high school students about climate science and solutions. We educate students through free in-person multimedia assemblies presenting climate science that sticks; we inspire students to lower their emissions and raise their voices; and we activate students to take on carbon-reducing projects in their schools and communities. ACE is on pace to reach nearly half a million students nationwide in the 2009-2010 school year.
Founded in 2008, ACE is headquartered in Oakland, California, with educators in New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Chicago, New England, Denver, Atlanta, Houston and Austin. To learn more about our programs, visit acespace.org.