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Annual Environmental Summit Includes Student Research Contest

March 4, 2013

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MACOMB, IL – This year's 10th annual Environmental Summit Wednesday, April 3 will include a chance for student scholars from regional schools to showcase their work.

The awards are meant to honor sustainability efforts, programs or projects completed between April 15, 2012, and March 15, 2013. Awards will be given in three categories, primary school (pre-kindergarten through sixth grade); junior high and high school (grades 7-12) and college level (undergraduate and graduate).

Eligibility is limited to students and groups of students attending a school, college or university in Illinois, Missouri and Iowa.

Prize money of $250 will be awarded in each category and will be given during a recognition ceremony during this year's Environmental Summit.

Criteria for this year's awards can be found at The application deadline is 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 22 and proposals should be submitted electronically at

Past winners of the contest include:

Elementary: Jessica Mekan and Meylis Mamedov: "Tiny Things Can Lead to Saving the World"
Junior High/High School: None submitted
College: Green Energy Team: "Off Campus Recycling Project"

Elementary (third grade)-Lincoln School: Mekan and Mamedov: "Saving Trees"
Junior High/High School (7-12) - Pleasant Valley High: Lakshmi Karuparthy, Ananya Pillutla, and Kevin Li: "Tire Pressure Environmental Project (TPEP)"
College-WIU: Katie Gossell: Recycling plastic bottles

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