Students from Suffern, Nanuet, Nyack honored in Environmental Essay Contest


Front: Gillian Ballard, Nicole Laible, Anna Moetzinger, Emma Chin, Alyssa Weinstein, Rockland County Executive Ed Day, Kierra Devine and Caroline Brennan
Back: Glenn Sungela, Kevin Maher; Lorinda Hill, Natalie Patasaw

Rockland County Executive Ed Day congratulated six students who won the 26th annual Eleanor Burlingham Earth Day essay contest in an awards ceremony Thursday.

Five of the students wrote about recycling and one wrote an essay about a tree her grandfather planted in her backyard.

The winners were: Ramapo Central’s Viola Elementary School students Emma Chin, Anna Moetzinger and Alyssa Weinstein; Nanuet School District’s A. MacArthur Barr Middle School students Kierra Devine and Caroline Brennan and Christopher Buchauer of Nyack, who is homeschooled.

“These essays show us that these young Rockland residents appreciate the natural beauty of our county,” the County Executive said. “We hope that as these students get older they will make decisions and take actions that will preserve our natural environment so one day their children will enjoy these places as well.”

The contest is run annually by the Rockland County Environmental Management Council in memory of Rockland environmentalist Eleanor Burlingham.

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