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Seventh Annual Earth Day Environmental Justice Conference

Posted May. 14, 2012


Kent State University at East Liverpool recently held its 7th Annual Earth Day Environmental Justice Conference in the campus’s Slak Shak.

Essay and poster contests were held as a part of the annual conference. The contests allow students to investigate issues in depth, and exhibit their skills.

Winners in the science category of the essay contest were (1st) Justin Zeedrich for “Endocrine Disruptors and the Ocean”; (2nd) Sabrina Fouitama Adjuri for “The Effects of Marcellus Shale on the Environment and Some Alternative Solutions”; (3rd) Seth Holt for “Coral Bleaching and the Great Barrier Reef”; Honorable Mentions, Chelsey Miller for “Today’s Form of Racism” and Sarah Ferguson for “The Food on Your Plate.”

Winners in the ecofeminist category include (1st) Audree Rayl for “Half Human, Half Wild”; (2nd) Jessica Fleeman for “Narrative vs. Polemic”; (3rd)Tara Jobe for “Wangari Maathai’s Unbowed; Honorable Mentions Joseph Langdon for “Thoreau and Muir: Nature for Nature’s Sake” and Mark Kovalcik for “The Love Canal and Silent Spring.”

Personal essay winners include (1st) Alex Williams for “The Importance of ‘Tame’ Nature”; (2nd) Alaina Roberts for “Badger and Snake”; (3rd) Mildred Danch for “The Irreplaceable Mighty Chestnut.” Honorable Mentions are Shawna Albaneso for “Pollution” and Garrett Adkins for “Blackwater Falls.”

Kara Lockhart-Milan took first place in the poster contest with “Three Pollution Sources within Eleven Miles”; (2nd) Cody Cappock, “Save the Tigers”; (3rd) Sherrie Beadnell for “What Will You Sacrifice?” Honorable Mention in the poster category went to Kim Sarkozy for “Recycle.”

Dr. Roxanne Burns, Biology, and Dr. Patti Swartz, English, coordinate the conference which is sponsored by the KSUEL Campus and the campus Environmental Club.