Pawpaw Chapter gives awards to budding environmental scientists...

Submitted by Don Spence and Sonya Guidry, Pawpaw Chapter of FNPS

Once again the Pawpaw Chapter sponsored a special award at the annual Tomoka Regional Science and Engineering Fair, held at Spruce Creek High School on Jan. 28. Pawpaw’s judges were Don Spence, Danny Young and Sonya Guidry.

Emma Schlageter, 1st Place Winner. Photo by Sonya Guidry

The PawPaw Chapter selected Emma Schlageter as first-place winner. Ms. Schlageter’s project reported on the biodiversity of salt marsh restoration in the Halifax River basin.

The first-place winner received a certificate, a wildflower guide by Dr. Walter Taylor, $60.00, and a student membership.

Isabel Kraby, honorable mention. Photo by Sonya Guidry.

An honorable mention was awarded to Isabel Kraby.  Ms. Kraby examined leaf pigments of plants commonly found in Florida.

Our honorable mention winner received a certificate and a student membership.  

Both young women are middle school students. 

Emma Schlageter is no stranger to estuary restoration, it runs in the family, as her proud father illustrates in these family photos:

This is a photo of my Emma and I during our first restoration project at Gamble Rogers. She was only 3 years old.

 After that, there were many more opportunities to for Emma to learn about the enviroment while playing with her sister and dad in the mud.

This is a photo of Emma last October collecting data for her science fair project at North Peninsula State Park. She is 13 years old now.

Congratulations to both winners!


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