Mountaineers recognized at YEP program

Staff Report

Lyndsey Ward with her award winning poster.

Lyndsey Ward with her award winning poster.

POINT PLEASANT — The Mountaineers 4-H Club received the first-place Bear Award last month at the 53rd annual West Virginia Youth Environmental Day,

This award is presented to youth groups completing projects that answer an environmental need whose members are age 12-14. Sponsoring this award is Toyota Manufacturing Inc., in Buffalo.

Organized youth groups wanting to make a contribution toward a better environment for all West Virginia citizens may join the Youth Environmental Program. This program is sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. The YEP has nearly 800 youth groups. These youth groups represent in excess of 75,000 student members statewide.

Through this organization, young people are provided a challenge and an opportunity to participate in community service, environmental projects and environmental education. To become eligible for awards, youth groups must submit reports of their environmental projects. These reports are then judged by people from various areas of conservation. Worthy individuals and groups are recognized for their accomplishments in helping the environment.

Two Mountaineers had their posters selected for the Rick Vecellio Memorial Art Poster contest. Posters in this contest were required to depict an environmental theme. Members chosen to compete were Lyndsey Ward and Matthew Kincaid. Ward won first place and a monetary award. Kincaid received an honor award. This award was made available by Leo Vecellio Jr., of Beckley, in memory of his mother, Evelyn Vecellio.

Chelsea Campbell and Hannah Spurlock had their posters selected to compete in the Cardinal Arts Poster contest. Cardinal Art posters were required to depict an environmental theme and were judged on originality, quality and choice of theme. Both members received an Honor Award. This award was made available by Dupont Washington Works, of Wood County.

Adrianna McCoy, Isaac Kapp and Izabella King had their posters selected to compete in the Sustainable Forestry Art Poster contest. All three received an Honor Award. Posters in this competition were required to express ideas on sustainable forestry, which involves the management of hardwood forests through natural regeneration. This practice ensures that the working forests we use and enjoy will continue to provide the same benefits for future generations. This award is made available by the West Virginia Forestry Association, Sustainable Forestry Committee.

YEP Day was filled with activities, special guests, displays, and more. Adrianna McCoy won a fishing pole in the fishing derby. She and other members of the Mountaineers 4-H Club and Lil’Eers Cloverbuds report they enjoyed the day.

— Submitted by Club Reporter Mark Kincaid.

Lyndsey Ward with her award winning poster. Ward with her award winning poster.

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