Two Weatherly Area High School students, one who graduated and one who will graduate this year, were selected as prize winners in the Environmental Protection Agency's 2011 Earth Day Poster Contest. Rachel Heister and Erin Hollingsworth collaborated on the poster and recently received their prize, a satchel filled with items related to the EPA's mission to protect human health and the environment.
Rachel is furthering her education at Philadelphia University, while Erin is a member of the WASH Class of 2012.
Earth Day, April 22, was established in 1970 through the efforts of then U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson (Wisconsin), enlisting support from all segments of society and political spectrums. More than 20 million Americans, coast to coast, took to the streets, parks, schools and public places, rallying to improve the environment. From this movement, the EPA and the Endangered Species Act were established.
In 2011, the agency awarded prizes to four winners, in grades nine through twelve, in the Mid Atlantic States Region, which includes Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia and West Virginia. The winning posters are available online at www.epa.gov/region3/earthday. Click on the 2011 Mid Atlantic Earth Day Poster Contest Winners tab at the lower right of the page.