2014 Poster, Poetry and Prose Exhibit

Environmental Justice for All!

What are the Environmental Issues in Your Community?

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director Lisa Bonnett honored a group of distinguished fifth and sixth grade students selected for their creative skills used to express environmental awareness, as part of the Agency's 27th Annual Poster, Poetry and Prose Contest. The writers and artists selected from throughout Illinois were recognized at a reception in the Old State Capitol building in downtown Springfield.

This year's theme, Environmental Justice for All! What Are the Environmental Issues in Your Community?, focused on why the balance of the economy and a healthy environment are important, and how it relates to the local community. This was a new topic this year in an effort to keep up with emerging issues such as environmental justice.

"These students are impressive-not only because they are talented and well spoken individuals-but because they are using their skills to help spread a positive message," Governor Quinn said. "These students understand the importance of environmental awareness and are using creative ways to spread knowledge which will help future generations learn and grow in a clean, healthy environment."

"This year's theme gives students an understanding of the importance of being involved in their community and the role they play in providing for a healthy environment in the world around them," said Director Bonnett. "Students creatively demonstrate the environmental knowledge they have gained, which reemphasizes their lessons and shows their individual perspective."

Poetry/Prose Top Award Winners:

Jessica Bek
Washington School, Glenview

Laura Dudzik
Washington School, Glenview

Emily Hwang
Old St. Mary's School, Chicago

Rishitha Namburi
Hoover Math & Science Academy, Schaumburg

Neha Nath
Hoover Math & Science Academy, Schaumburg

Zoe Marika Sarris
Hellenic American Academy, Deerfield

Posters Top Award Winners:

Linnea Cheng
Hoover Math & Science Academy in Schaumburg

Emma Blair Davenport
Hoover Math & Science Academy in Schaumburg

Michelle John
Washington School, Glenview

 

Charlie Miller
Washington School, Glenview

Jyoti Sundaram
Countryside School, Champaign

David Tapper
Roycemore School, Evanston

A panel of representatives from the Illinois EPA judged all entries and selected the finalists, whose entries were then judged by an outside panel of authorities, to determine the top 12 winners.

The students, their families, and teachers were invited to the reception at which the top 12 winners received environmental reference books for their school libraries. The winners, along with all finalists, also received certificates and ribbons for their creative efforts. A complete listing of winners, including Special Recognition recipients, will be on the Illinois EPA web site. In addition to the award, tours of the Old State Capitol were given to winners before and after the awards ceremony.

Following the ceremony, the winning entries will be on exhibit in the atrium at Illinois EPA's headquarters in Springfield from March 31 through April 30; the top 12 entries will also be featured on the Illinois EPA's web site.

Information about the annual event can be obtained by contacting Kristi Morris, Environmental Education Coordinator for the Illinois EPA at 1021 North Grand Avenue East, P.O. Box 19276, Springfield, IL, 62794-9276, or Kristi Morris.