Six SWLA Students Named Winners in Environmental Awareness Poster Contest
Six Calcasieu Parish students have been named as Stormwater Pollution Division winners in the “Environmental Awareness Poster Contest,” sponsored by the Chamber of Southwest Louisiana Environmental Affairs Committee and the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury.
Awards were given to the top three winners in the Grades 6-8 and Grades 3-5 divisions.
Winners in the Grades 6-8 Division and their posters:
First place: Haily Arabie, seventh grade, St. Margaret Catholic School, Mrs. Judy Reeves class:
“If everyone would put their litter in the trash bin it would greatly benefit our environment. I encourage the people of Louisiana to do their part," Arabie said. "Be the difference by not littering. Also, recycling is a great way to help the environment.”
Second place: Onna Johnson, eighth grade, Lake Charles Charter Academy, Ms. Layton’s class:
“Our coastal loss is causing us to sink. Louisiana is no longer a boot," Johnson said. "The loss of our coast will cause Louisiana to lose valuable land for housing, farming, constructing, and more. In a few years we could end up halfway underwater. We need to restore our coast. I will help restore our coast by getting the message out to the world to help get volunteers.”
Third place: Crysten Simien, eighth grade, Lake Charles Charter Academy, Ms. Layton’s class:
“The topic of storm water pollution impacts our environment and Louisiana because the pollution causes our marine life to be in much harm. I will make sure that the beaches are clean by going to pick up trash routinely," Simien said.
Winners in the Grades 3-5 Division and their posters:
First place: Tobin Pullin, fourth grade, West Leesville Elementary, Mrs. Millie Ballagh's class:
“Preventing storm water pollution is important in Louisiana because the water table is very close to the surface," Pullin said. "Anything that causes surface pollution could get into our ground water. I plan to make flyers educating my neighbors about preventing storm water pollution. I also plan to change some of my habits at home like picking up pet waste and going to the car wash to help prevent storm water pollution in my neighborhood.”
Second place: Isabella Bryant, fourth grade, Cypress Cove Elementary. Mrs. Parker’s class:
“Many people may not think that littering affects the environment but it does. Littering has an extremely negative impact on the environment," Bryant said. "Littering tends to damage areas where we live, work, and where kids play. Littering causes a threat to our health and causes harmful germs and bacteria. Above all, littering has a negative effect on everything. I will pick up trash and spread the word that littering is slowly killing the earth...”
Third place, Grades 3-5: Brycen Dowden, third grade, West Leesville Elementary, Mrs. Millie Ballagh’s class:
“Polluted storm water runoff is the leading cause of economic and environmental damage in Louisiana," Dowden said. "As storm water runoff flows over surface land, it often picks up pollutants and debris. Using a planner box can help absorb some of the water, and collect and treat the storm water using a bioretention system that collects and filters storm water through layers of mulch, soil and plant root systems. The treated storm water can be infiltrated into the ground as groundwater...”