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MCS wins E-Land Environmental Youth Alliance’s Best Project Award

MOUNT Carmel School’s Eco Club won the Best Project Award in the second annual E-Land Environmental Youth Alliance, a program initiated by E-Land Group to promote environmental conservation and awareness among the young.

The award ceremony was held at Kensington Hotel on Friday.

Micronesia Resort Inc. president and chief executive officer Matthew Park said the projects presented by the students were all impressive.

The E-Land Environmental Youth Alliance ended in May, but Park encouraged the students to keep protecting the environment.

“Remember, you are the guardians of the environment,” he added.

MCS Eco Club president Theresa Zhang said they focused on improving the environment by beautifying their campus, beach cleanups, teaching recycling and supporting other environmental activities.

 She said many MCS students, including 70 club members, actively participated in the activities they hosted.

These included a school garden, and inviting guest speakers from organizations such as the Bureau of Environmental Coastal Quality, Northern Marianas College-Cooperative Research Extension & Educational Services  and the Micronesian Islands Nature Alliance.

The MCS Eco Club also hosted flyer, poster and recycling contests to educate people on and off campus, Zhang added.

“We had the support of teachers and other students,” Zhang said as she thanked MCS teachers and students for their help.

Mount Carmel School’s Eco Club wins the E-Land Environmental Youth Alliance’s Best Project Award.  Photo by Lori Lyn C. LirioMount Carmel School’s Eco Club wins the E-Land Environmental Youth Alliance’s Best Project Award. Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

Members of the MCS Eco Club received PIC waterpark passes and a $1,000 in-kind Environmental Development Fund.

The Earth Care Award went to Kagman High School’s Environmental Warriors. They received movie tickets and a $500 in-kind Environmental Development fund.

Saipan Southern High School’s Environmental Ambassadors won the Blue Planet Award. The members received movie tickets and a $500 in-kind Environmental Development fund.

In the elementary school category, Kagman Elementary School’s My Wave Environmental Youth Club and Koblerville Elementary School’s Student Council/Environmental Youth Alliance both received the Better Future Award. The members of each group were given Coral Ocean Golf Resort swimming passes and a $300 in-kind Environmental Development fund.

According to media coordinator Lindsay Ahn, the second E-Land Environmental Youth Alliance started in Nov. 2017. Ten environmental clubs from nine public and private schools participated in the program, she added.

“During this term — Nov 2017 to May 2018 — we provided monthly financial resources for their club activities based on their requests,” she said.

The next term will start in September or October this year, Ahn added.

Micronesian Islands Nature Alliance executive director Roberta Guerrero said she was impressed by the students’ passion and enthusiasm for the environment.

Guerrero also expressed appreciation for the students’ beach-cleanup activities.

“They know what kinds of debris should not be in the ocean. In their recycling efforts, they tried to incorporate the reduce-reuse-recycle concept in many of their projects,” Guerrero said.

 “It is now up to all of you to fix what our generation has messed up by taking responsibility to care for the environment,” she told the students.