MCA Awards 2 Scholarships for College Bound Seniors

The winning project produced a published resource!

Member Melane Hoffmann and
Exec. Director Caroline Taylor review notes…

MCA Board members Melane Hoffmann, David Shneyer and Executive Director Caroline Taylor had the pleasure reviewing the senior Global projects at Poolesville HS again this year.  Poolesville High School’s Global Ecology Program, as well as the other excellent honors programs: Science Math, Humanities and Independent Research have helped to garner the school status as #1 high school in achievement in Maryland and #64 in the U.S.  The Global program is a County wide magnet attracting the best and brightest to the school.

Our choices:
As with last year, we were so impressed with the work presented by the high school seniors.  MCA will award two college scholarships of $500 each to Katie McFall and Taylor Karlin for their project entitled “Bridging the Gap” which produced a handsome hardcover book that the C&O Canal Association will make available to the public. It covers history of the canal and its environs. It very beautifully promotes Potomac River features including White’s Ferry and the Monocacy Aqueduct, as well as the area flora and fauna.The book also dovetails with MCA’s quest to help people, through educational outreach, fall in love with nearby resources – thus motivating activism to protect them. Both college bound students indicate a sincere commitment to pursuing careers in the environment.

Certificates of Merit – this year there were some stand outs that deserved recognition – projects with results that relate to shared goals of sustainability, stewardship, education and economic opportunity and students with enthusiasm and heart:

Alexis Klein: project with House in the Woods organic community farm
Jennifer Price: research on equine parasites and the effects/efficacy of deworming drugs on environment and animals
Kunying He, Maryiyan Sheidu, Kripa Shyamakrishnan: microcredit strategies – with implications for small farm start up
Megan Connaughton- Project Wild – 1st grade environmental curriculum

The awards, as well as others give by Sugarloaf Citizens’ Asso., Poolesville Area Chamber of Commerce and BCC IWLA will be presented Monday, May 21 at Bethesda Chevy Chase Izaak Walton League  on West Willard Road south of Poolesville.