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Bedford 2020 Announces 2015-2016 Greenlight Award Competition Finalists

Dozens of students recently took part in the first round of the Greenlight Award Competition that encourages students to come up with big green ideas for the community.
Dozens of students recently took part in the first round of the Greenlight Award Competition that encourages students to come up with big green ideas for the community. Photo Credit: Greenlight Award

BEDFORD, N.Y. -- Learning about green ideas and how to implement them in their communities is what the Greenlight Award Competition is all about.

Students from Bedford recently took part in Bedford 2020 the 2015-2016 Greenlight Award Competition Round 1 Finalists. Seven teams from the middle school category, and 12 from the high school category presented a wide variety of "big green ideas" to address climate change and protect natural resources before a panel of expert at Fox Lane High School.

"This was a fantastic event,"  Greenlight Award judge Anthony Patierno said. "It was truly inspirational, and a clear sign that when we give our students a chance to explore real problems, they will amaze us."

Four middle schools and five high schools were picked to move on to round two of the competition including:

Middle School Finalists:

  • Aquaponic Farming by Harrison Konopka, Rahul Menon, and Ian Delannes-Molka (grade 7) – demonstration of a closed-loop system and food production at Fox Lane Middle School.
  • Campsite Cleanings by Eugenia Kaltsas (grade 6) – change behavior of visitors to reduce litter at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation.
  • Fox Lane Ride Share Bank by Jackson Lawrence (grade 6) – encourage carpooling among FLMS families.
  • Here comes the Sun by Asa Friedrich (grade 8) – design and pilot solar paneled bus shelter at FLMS.

​High School Finalists :

  • Energy Efficient Lighting by Maya Koneval, Jesse Hoagland and Sajay Srivastava (grade 12) – make recommendations to improve energy efficiency at FLHS.
  • Fox Lane Food Fair by Megan Bartley (grade 12) – hold pilot event to educate community about local food choices.
  • Labeling & Greater Diversity in Waste Disposal Choices in Schools by George Quinn (grade 9) – pilot labeling program at FLHS to increase recycling.
  • Making Electronic Benefits Transfer Available for Use at a Local Farmers Market by Michelle Paolicelli and Kathryn Tortorella (grade 10) – pilot food justice program at Mount Kisco Farmer’s Market School.
  • Composting by Jessica Smith (grade 12) – pilot composting program at FLHS.​

The winning student or student team will receive a scholarship award of $500 and The Greenlight Award. ​

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